Long Days

These days sunup to sundown makes for very long days.  I write these posts at night and post them next morning.  I’m sitting down to write this one at 9:12, after a very long day on the farm.   I’m going to sleep well tonight.

I’ve decided to get all the gardens cultivated and tended before I start cutting hay.  The quality of the hay decreases the longer I wait, but the process of cutting, raking and baling it will take several days and I don’t want the gardens to get overrun while that’s happening. 

One of the first things I tackled yesterday morning was the cantaloupe garden.  It was in danger of being taken over by grass, so I spent a couple of hours in it with a hoe.


The green tint to the rows is grass.


The cantaloupe seedling (in the middle) is surrounded by grass.


Note the difference between the rows on the right (visited by me and my trusty hoe) and those on the left.


One row to go.


Much better.  Now the canaloupes will have a fighting chance. 


Getting the tomatoes staked was another major job I tackled.

We grow large heirloom varieties that require support.  They’re starting to bloom and staking and tying them just couldn’t wait any longer.


After a lot more quality time with my hoe, cultivating around the plants, I had to drive a bunch of t-posts.  Hard work in the 90+ heat.


All done.


Cherie and I spent a lot of time setting up our new coops for the Dominecker chicks, who are nearly grown.  It’s way past time they moved out of the barn.  We ran out of daylight before getting them moved, so that job will have to wait till tomorrow.  I’ll post pictures of their graduation when it happens.

After feeding the pigs, tending a sick kid and squishing a lot of potato bugs, we walked up to our “old house,” which is having its balcony repaired.  Cherie worked on her herbs as it grew dark, in the company of her loyal pal Ginny.


With lightning bugs blinking around us, we walked home.  My mind was already on tomorrow’s list of things to do.

6 comments on “Long Days

  1. shoreacres says:

    That’s not just a full day’s work – that’s at least a day and a quarter’s work. Maybe a day and a half. But at least those 90 degree temperatures should help keep the hay dried out, yes?


    • Bill says:

      And that wasn’t all I did. I just have to think back on some of those lazy winter days. The hay hasn’t been cut yet so it doesn’t need to be dry. I couldn’t but think how nicely it would’ve dried in that heat had I cut it a couple of days ago. But I had to prioritize. Hopefully next week….


  2. What an astonishing commitment you have to the land, and to the folks who are seeking good healthy food to eat. There is no finer way to live on this earth than as a farmer, I truly believe that.


  3. Bob Braxton says:

    trusting not listing so much as to tip over


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