Smiles on the Farm
Tammy and I like our iris in the Spring and our day lily flowers in the Summer. We have a wide variety of day lilies and they are really putting on a show this season. The farmers need to get out there and take more pictures so we can share them with you. Or, better yet, you should arrange to come weed for an hour and then take a tour of the flowers yourself. Much more satisfying for everyone, we think!
|Flowers don't always pose, but these did on this day.|
I wish I could remember the name of this particular variety of day lily off the top of my head. I took a minute and did a quick search and I think it is Donald T Eaves. The blooms are larger than average and the height of the plant is impressive. If we don't get heavy winds or heavy rain, they look great.
Curiosity on the Farm
The turkles are very nearly ready to start heading out to pasture during the daytime. They've just about got the size on them that we feel they need. And, of course, they are every bit as curious as every other turkey flock we have raised. They also have the short memory span - which means they are eternally curious.
|Hey! What's that?!?|
The Color Red on the Farm
It seems like we get some red paint slapped on the granary every few years. What do we expect? It's an outbuilding that wasn't necessarily maintained for many years prior to our arrival. This year, we have Kaleb painting the North side and putting another coat on the South side.
|Will Kaleb finish? (the answer is yes!)|
The Lack of Vampires on the Farm
I have noticed that many vegetables farms take the time to get pictures of the garlic harvest. In fact, the garlic harvest may be the most common social media post for farms like ours during the Summer months. This actually makes perfect sense to me since it is one of the most dramatic harvests during the month of July.
|Chelsea and Emma are pleased with the harvest this year.|
The great thing about garlic on our farm is the fact that the improved quality of our soil allows us to simply pull the garlic out of the ground. We do not have to dig them. Once dug, we put them on different hayracks/trailers to make sure we don't mix varieties (Music and Northern White). We prefer to leave them on the carts to dry in the sun for a couple of days, which works great unless the forecast is wrong and it rains (which happened this year). After two to five days we hang them in bunches of 25 from the beams in the truck barn.
Later in the year, we cut them down, trim off the stems and clean them for distribution and sales. We select the heads we need for seed for next year and we break those apart and plant them in November - even though we tell ourselves we'll get them in by the end of October THIS year.
Yes, yes. We say that EVERY year. And, we still plant in November. This is one task that makes our VAPCarOvRat look bad. What? We had a lot of fun with that VAP post, did you expect us to not reference it later?