My favorite time of the year

We have been extremely busy the last month and I don’t think we are going to slow down much for the next month.  Of course the hubby has been busier than me, but he hasn’t given me much free time.  I know with my last post I was talking about planting our sweet potatoes.  We easily finished up the next morning after the big storm.  The plants actually handled the storm very well.  There were a few places in the field that washed away a little, but the hail only did minimal damage.  We still had to have the insurance adjuster come out and check out everything.  He had to check our corn too.  The amazing thing is how quickly plants can come back from hail damage, now that it’s been about 3 weeks I can’t even tell any of the corn had damage.  It definitely affected some of the yield, but things could have been so much worse.

The hubby has been trying to cut wheat and plant soybeans.  During that time my main job is to drive behind him with the truck pulling the combine header.  He really can’t travel down the road with the header on, it takes up the whole road.  It isn’t a difficult job, but it is time consuming.  We have done a lot of traveling with the combine this year.  The hubby had to cut for a couple of other people that were pretty far away from our house.  Harvest season is almost over, we finished up our last field yesterday.  Harvest is a little behind this year, because we had a good bit of rain during the beginning of June.  The boys have really enjoyed riding in the combine, they have to take turns, so I have to keep running back and forth.

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The other job that I have been working on has been our garlic.  I’ve been cleaning it up a little and getting it ready for the farmer’s market.  It isn’t very time consuming and wouldn’t take long at all, except for the fact that we have so much of it!  I’m not really sure what the hubby was thinking when he planted to much.  We definitely won’t have any vampires coming around.  I have also been cooking everything with garlic and feeding it to my chickens.  After I read that garlic was a natural wormer, I’ve been giving it to them once a week.

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It’s so hard for me to believe that my summer vacation is over halfway gone.  Once school starts back not only will I be very busy but my hubby will get busy too.  He works pretty hard during the fall combining corn and selling deer corn.  Well I’m hoping I can at least blog once a month or so.  Until next time.

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Garlic

Wow I had good intentions about my blog but it definitely hasn’t worked out like I planned.  Life happened and I just haven’t had the time.  With working full time and having 3 little boys I just can’t seem to get anything finished.  This was my first year teaching third grade and while I loved it, it took lots of work.  I know in my last post I said that my hubby farmed a few acres of his own.  We decided that since our acreage was limited we should try some produce.  That and the fact that he works for a guy that grows and sells produce.  Both of us grew up with a garden and have been planting one since we got married.  It is one of our favorite things to do together.  He has been talking to lots of people and feels pretty good about trying something new.  Everything has actually worked out very well for us so far.  We decided that the first thing we would try would be garlic.  It wasn’t something that is people typically grow in our area, so we thought we would give it a try.   The hubby planted it in the fall and he just harvested it about 3 weeks ago.

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It has been hanging up and drying since then.  I’m pretty sure its ready, but we have sweet potatoes on our mind.  Once the sweet potatoes are all planted, I will be bundling and preparing garlic.  I can’t wait to see it on its way to farmer’s markets in our area.

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Trying this blogging thing again.

Well I guess I am going to try this blogging thing again.  I’ve tried more than once before and I usually start with one post and never finish.  We’ve been getting loads of snow around here this past week.  Probably the most that I have seen in a few years.  Here is one quick picture of the snow.ImageThat’s our garlic patch under there.  I’m pretty excited about taking the garlic to the local farmer’s markets this spring.  After the garlic we are going to attempt sweet potatoes and we are pretty excited to try something new.  We are still fairly new to farming for ourselves, but I guess I should start at the beginning of our story.  I myself grew up on a dairy farm and have loved farming since I could really walk.  Most of my favorite memories as a child revolve around the dairy, so it was a tough decision for me to leave the farm.  I did however get an Elementary education degree and begin teaching at a local school.  I continued to help my Dad until I had kids, but my heart has never truly left farming.  My husband grew up with a few beef cattle and some chickens.  He has also always had a love for all things agriculture.  When we got married he was working for a city waste/ water treatment plant.  In about our second year of marriage we decided that we wanted to try some type of farming.  After some discussion we ended up getting a loan and buying a Massey Ferguson combine.  Without going into all the details my hubby now has a pretty good deer corn business and has already upgraded his combine.  About a year ago, we worked things out so that he could quit his job and farm full time.  Part of it was to help take care of our three boys, but it has worked well.  So far things are going pretty good.  He helps another farmer and he farms his few acres.  We are working on expanding but it’s definitely going to take some time.  I know I went through our story pretty fast but hopefully in the next few blog posts I can cover some more!