Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Baler

 Ever since Nathan and I had the acreage in Kansas, we have wanted a baler.  Now that we have cows, we NEED a baler.  The last few years, we have been spending at least $500 for hay.  Not a bad price, but when you have a large pasture, it seems silly to buy it when you already have it growing.

Perusing thorough Craigslist, I came across exactly what we have been looking for.


It's older, but in really great condition.  Now we are in business!  It will take a few years before we break even.  I look at it as prepaying for your hay.  With all the rain, we should get quite a few bales.  Praise God it's been a wet summer.  




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Garden in June


Here are a few shots of the garden at the end of June.




This is the new bed, currently planted with corn, tomatoes, beans, overflow peppers, zucchini, and pumpkins.  I am shocked at how well the corn is doing.


It gets noticeably taller every day.


The lettuce is doing well too.  I pulled a bunch and made up several bags of salad mix.


The sugar snap peas always do great.  It's funny, the Dwarf Grey (in the back) are actually taller than the Oregon Sugar Pod.  


Along this side of the old garden is endive (a first for me), broccoli, kale and spinach.


This is probably the last year for strawberries in the old garden.  It's almost a daily chore to cut back the runners.  I started with 4 small plants and now look at them!  I would love to build a raised bed as a permanent home for them.


Another new variety for me this year was Purple Plum Radish.  I don't care for radishes, but my hubby enjoys them twice year... when they first come up in the spring and a final crop in the fall.  He like the mild taste of these, but they just didn't get very big.  I ended up pulling most of them waiting for them to get to a decent size.
 
With it taking so long to warm up, I was really getting worried about how everything was coming along.  However, after looking at last years June garden I'm feeling much better about it.

 

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