My blogging posts and photos are part of me . I think of this as a scrapbook of my life. The names have not been changed.. they are real people who have crossed my path along my journey. Some I know intimately, my family and friends. If their names are mentioned it's a sure sign they are special to me and I love them dearly...come along see for yourself, perhaps you know some of them too..
Today the temperature hit 70 with no rain...in the forecast and no frost... Warmer days to continue for at least a week so I decided to plant the potatoes. Our soil is not the best but potatoes seem to thrive. we have amended it with topsoil, straw, and horse manure and compost. It still appears to have lots of clay...so I am trying something new this year with re: the potatoes. I have read potatoes can be planted in straw... so after preparing the ground with two 35ft rows one for of Yukon Gold and one Red Pontiac and placing seed potatoes in the shallow trench I covered them with a bit of soil and then several inches of straw...As the potatoes grow through the straw I will pile on more until the plants are 2 feet tall.. making sure they are not pushing potatoes to be exposed to the sun, as this causes them to turn green and that is not good..
Next the rows have been laid out for my beans, peas, broccoli, beets and peas.. Now I know Carrots love tomatoes and those will be planted as soon as there is no threat of frost..( I have 8 heirloom plants in the garage ready to set out) along with started spicy peppers..for salsa and sunflowers for the birds. Today was day one and I think its going to be a good year..I know I need to pace myself and do a bit each day.. my allergies are awful this Spring..so tomorrow morning I'll try to get an early start...
Hi... Buster here... I am not happy about these new duck things.. They squeak like my toy .. and it confuses me.. I am allowed to play with the toy, but those other two .. well, they are a "Don't touch item". My mom and dad are driving me nuts moving them from place to place.. Finally they live under the back porch deck.. I have to sit inside the patio door and look at them..
They get to swim in a kiddie pool and it looks like they are having such a good time..Just look at them down there... I can swim....I sure wish I could play with them..Dad calls them "Running ducks". I don't think they have real names yet like I do.... I like to run too.... but mom and dad think I might play too rough and (eat them).. accidentally of course...
I guess I have to wait until they get bigger.. Moms says then they can keep me in line...
I do think it will be fun... but right now ..This puppy is taking 2nd place to these newbies.. and I don't think I like it... but Come back in a couple weeks I might have a better story..
We finally got started on the garden shed. I have been browsing garden magazines and clipping things I like for awhile. The chicken coop is in the back corner of the yard and there was just enough room to plot the space. Thanks to the expertise help from my brother in law 9 days of labor and decisions, many trips to Home depot The finished project come to its view. All we need now is some trim, shutters, and paint to match the house. We will extend the chicken yard to the lawn under the window and then I will re-post the truly finished Garden shed.
I wish the weather would snap out of this funky Spring Season and so I can plant the garden. I will be happy to spend time out here in the sunshine and watch my garden grow.
Come back when you can and thanks for popping in today.
The ducklings had their first swim today.. In the bathtub.. They were hesitant at first then decided What fun!.. Will post more as they grow.. They will be moved to the pond after we graduate them to a "kiddie pool"in a couple weeks...
Our neighbor Rick has come for the third year to rototiller our garden space. This year was no exception Thank you Rick! The space is 55x25 and if the weather continues to be warm and no rain he will return in a couple days to till the space a couple more times. That done I can plant my seeds,sunflowers, onion sets and potatoes. Hopefully next week..
The flower beds also will be planted this weekend with these petunias and I have already planted the back porch planter with strawberries. So I say "Let the gardening begin"...Its nap time now..and all I did was watch and photo the tilling.. I know I need to rest up...My allergies are bothering me a bit but, once planting begins it will take a full day...
I Have the perfect place to start my plants and grow herbs right in my kitchen.. with basil, leaf lettuce parsley and thyme. How hand is that?
I have sunflower seeds started in another window too border the garden when its ready to plant.. Hopefully tomorrow it will be tilled and ready for a few seeds.. My friend Leslie has started a few heirloom tomato plants and they are thriving in her greenhouse. I am anxious to get them planted ..(hoping the last frost has been here and gone.) We just picked up a pickup load of compost to add to the garden before its tilled.. In the mean time I am planning the layout and waiting for the neighbor to come till. Here is are the latest pictures of the "Blue Sky critters... Buster making sure the "girls" dont get more treats than he does..
and see how big the ducks are getting? Soon They will be moving outside and hopefully they will love the pond. They are swimming in a large Rubber maid tote in their pen in the garage.. They are so cute. They have been named Blabber and Snooper by Clay...
This was the sunset last night from out back deck.. A very nice sight to see at the end of a hard day, dont you think?
Come back often to see the progress and growth here on Blue Sky Farm.. Enjoy your day.
Spent the day yesterday with my friend Leslie and we really enjoyed the day thrift shopping and lunch. I found a few great pieces. This chalk board made re-purposed from a wood TV tray caught my eye and yelled for me to bring it home..
as did the cute towel hook and the wire organizer for my bathroom. I may move the chalk board to the garden shed when it is completed or make one myself..
Will definitely go out again "shopping for those perfect garden items to use and decorate with" on the shed. I am hoping it will be completed next weekend as the weather here is showing warm 70-80 degrees and no frost or rain... Yay! I will be posting more pictures of the shed progress soon.
We have started a major project .... A garden/storage shed. With the help of my brother in law Clay and he has spent 4 days in this great weather building.. I will be happy to see it finished as will Clay as his back has been really bothering him. I have a few pictures to show the progress. The finished building will be 10 X12 ft.. and 8 ft high. We have not designed the door , other than it will be 4 ft. wide.
The great window will provide sunlight to my plants as I start them there before transplanting them to the veggie garden... A lot of work goes into a project of this size.
We have been busy unloading a lot of "Composting Crap" for the garden . Getting it ready to plant in a month or so... Its hard work but so rewarding when the garden is planted and producing. Thanks to friends for loading it up in our truck. Some of my plants are started and the seeds packets are calling me to get them started too.... Now if the weather will stay nice it would be a blessing... Put on your "Shitkickers" and come help if you have nothing else to do...( yeah I said that!)
Here are the newest additions to the Blue Sky Farm. Aren't they adorable? We were in the Feed store the other day and we just couldn't leave without bringing them home with us...
We dont know if we have female or male ducks yet.. but they will be great to have on the property. They will love the pond. They are quite interesting fowl.. They do not fly very well and will not be low riders.. They actually walk like a penguin... when bigger standing erect.. Supposed to be great pets and layers. Yes! Duck eggs are good.. Heres what they will look like when mature. Buster will be happy to have some more critters to herd. I think they will be fun to have around keeping our insect population under control as well.
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