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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for February 8, 2019 -- Whole Lot of Farmin' Goin' On!

Posted 2/8/2019 6:26pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  
"There's a whole lot of farmin' going on over here..."  That's a favorite line from my cousin, Blaine.  And he knows farming -- although our approach and style of it is a bit different than what he has practiced all his life.  But hearing him say that is always comforting -- even like a borderline compliment. 

Ray's out standing in his freshly tilled field -- one of several that he has prepped this week.  He's been getting fields ready for potatoes, kale, cabbage and more.  I have no exact measure, but I believe that this week represents the longest stretch of sunny, precipitation-free weather that we've had since before Thanksgiving.  Farmers gotta make fields while the sun shines!

A major part of the week has been grading work on the area for our next high tunnel.  The plan has been to put up a 96' Gothic tunnel and maybe a smaller one as well.  Another cousin (Maurice, the son of my cousin, Blaine) is quite the expert at working a skid steer to level out an area.  By the time he got through shaving, tucking and trimming, we weren't sure if we should continue with the plan for a large and a small house or to make it two large houses or one pretty huge house.  Or maybe we should just put in a bowling alley!  Decisions, decisions...

   

The warmer weather is helping the garlic wake up.  And the weeds!  We'll tackle these first weeds next week.

And Mia is learning all about walking with a halter.  She's not so sure about this.  Some days she is really good with it and others...well, let's just say she is a little calf-bunctious!

Yep, there IS a whole lot of farmin' going on over here!

Meanwhile....Jonny is enjoying his visit with family in the Florida Keys.  He's been getting his sea-legs back as he visits his former home.  Instead of hauling potatoes, he's hauling mackerel!

The Florida-like weather we are experiencing here has awakened the spring peepers.  I first heard their lovely sounds on Wednesday evening -- I don't think I've heard them that early before!  Take a listen.

That wraps it up for this week's farm news!  Don't forget that next Thursday is Valentines Day.  Last fall, our bees gave us a beautiful early Valentines gift -- a bottle of last year's captured sunshine!  Did you know that it takes 12 bees to produce One Teaspoon of honey in their lifetime?  That means that it took over 1,100 bees to make this jar of honey.  Talk about a whole lot of farming (and love)!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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