Around the Farm

With August right around the corner, the purple hull peas are finally planted and starting to emerge.  File under better late than never.

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Our pigs continue to grow.  

They like cooling off in their water trough.

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They also like getting their heads and necks scratched.

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And they like rubbing against the gate.  It’s holding up fine for now, but when these girls weigh over 250 pounds each, I’m concerned they’ll tear it down.  So I ran a hot wire to electrify it.  Hopefully that will stop the gate-rubbing.

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I took a break from tending a garden to admire some butterflies.  They love these flowers.

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We’ve had to get creative in our efforts to save our gardens from the deer this year.  This is one of Cherie’s more elegant deterrents.

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Finally, meet Rhiannon’s new kid.  I never get tired of seeing new kids on the farm.

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10 comments on “Around the Farm

  1. DM says:

    love the pictures. I too had a large pig a couple of years ago. She reached over 650 before I had to say “good by” Loved to have her belly rubbed and quite social. I miss her (sometimes) Thought your deer deterrent was a Japanese beetle trap for a second. I have 10 of those still up. We were again invaded by 1000’s of them, thanks to the wise foresight of the US department of agriculture (as I recall)

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    • Bill says:

      I really enjoy raising pigs. They’re less trouble than anything else we do.
      We’ve had problems with Japanese beetles in the past, but they’re very manageable this year. There is a long list of bugs bothering us much more than they are.
      That’s a thrift store evening gown intended to give deer pause.

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  2. Jeff says:

    Have you considered a double fence? I don’t have a garden (or deer), but I’ve read that double fences are quite effective. Here’s one from a farm in Maine … There are quite a few places to get more detailed instructions if you think this might be something you’d be interested in trying.

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    • Bill says:

      We’ve used double fences before and I have one up now around our okra garden. But the electrified net fencing we use has been very effective for us. The only reason we needed to try different things this year is because the deer started eating things they’d never eaten before, and we didn’t have enough fence to enclose all the gardens.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    A friend just returned from three weeks in Minnesota. This past week, the corn grew 13 inches in 24 hours. People were taking trips out to the fields to listen to it. And people say I’m nuts when I tell them you can hear it grow.

    May your peas do as well, and everything else growing around there!

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    • Bill says:

      That’s amazing. We have some fast-growing things on this farm, but nothing that grows as fast as that.

      Corn is not a pleasant subject here these days. I’ll explain why in tomorrow’s post.

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  4. Bob Braxton says:

    great way to begin my day at the breakfast table. Thanks.

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    • Bill says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Bob. I complain too much on this blog, despite having very little about which to complain. I should post happy pictures more often.

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      • shoreacres says:

        But you don’t come across as a complainer. You’re presenting what I suspect is a pretty balanced and realistic view of life on a family farm – which is precisely what more people need.

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  5. a good fence reminds me of sixties movie “The Pawnbroker”

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