green, the good stuff

(laughter). The Rat House paddock is  starting to show its green though the ground is still so cold it is taking its time coming up.


I have had to let the stock out on the fields before they are quite ready, (I would say the grass is three weeks behind normal growth) this is bad pasture management but I am almost out of hay. I need to save the last few bales for Daisy’s milking treat and the pigs eat a fair bit.


Below is the Dairy Mistress paddock (sown last year) and when it is about three inches higher, I shall start to graze it using the electric fence.


It is also very slow to start this year but once the ground warms up it will spring into action. ‘Scuse the pun.


The Haymaker’s Field was left with good cover last year so it is way ahead of the rest. The dogs and I inspect each field on our morning and evening walks


The house is still a building site. The roofers keep setting new dates as the rain and wind hinder plans. The latest date is this Monday which is the date for the drywaller to come as well.  So we shall see. The exterior cladding is ready to go on too. So once they all start work it will be full steam ahead (I hope).


Good morning. Today is Saturday here so I have help for the heavy stuff. We are going to open up the potato bed, clear the strawberry fields and try to recover the blueberries. I desperately want blueberries but along with the hazelnuts they just will not thrive. My soil is the wrong type.  Too acidic or something. Compost and liquid worm fertiliser are my main additives so if these don’t work  I might have to give up. Such a bore. But one of my garden rules is to grow what wants to grow in my environment. Difficult crops are frowned upon. Sad. I did want blueberries and hazelnuts.

Isn’t it just delightful about the moon? That last night we were all looking out our bedroom windows at the same moon. I know I knew this in some part of my brain but when I fully realised that you, (over in Australia and South Africa and France and England, and Scotland and Germany and Spain and Turkey and Georgia and all the other countries you come from that I don’t even know about) are all looking at the same moon that I am here in the US. Well. That gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.

Have a lovely warm day.

love your fuzzy friend, celi



64 Comments on “green, the good stuff

  1. Blueberries prefer acid soil, so yours is probably on the alkaline side. You can raise the acidity several ways, but the easiest is to dig a good large hole and mix some shredded or composted pine bark into the soil you’ve dug out of the hole. 1/3 pine bar to 2/3 soil should be about right. Mulching the plants with pine bark will also help raise the acidity slightly.

    • I did this the year that I planted them but now I am wondering whether I should be amending the soil around them each year, I shall give it a go, thank you SO much for the advice, it is more than welcome.. I shall onto this today, c!

      • Celi, the pine bark will eventually give you a more acidic culture, but while it is breaking down it is using up nitrogen. If these are relatively new plantings you may have to supplement their feedings. Hagelkultur is an excellent method, but it takes time to actually kick into gear. 🙂

        • Sorry, I should have clarified, but the adding of the bark is similar to the effects of Hagelkulture, but on a much smaller scale.

          • Celi, I think you can get blueberries to grow in pots… which may solve the ‘wrong soil’ problem really easily?

  2. Good morning Celi; thanks for the building updates its a guy thing. i like to see the progress . the paddock looks to be growing my hay is creeping along. have a blessed day 🙂 mike

    • I bet (like us) you will be smiling like crazy when you get your first bales of hay in! It is my favourite scent in the world.. c

  3. And as with sharing the same moon, here on Skye we’re also sharing the three or four week delay in all growing things. Our guests from near Europe nod their heads too! Enjoy your busy Saturday!

  4. Hey Celi! The pastures are coming along and look great! Don’t know if you have it there, but we have an agency, I think it’s called AR County Extension Agency where you can take soil samples of any place on your land and they will test it and tell you its composition. And it’s free!!! Then you can amend it to support what you want to grow. They even suggest what to amend it with and it what proportions. My John says for the blueberries you can add pine (shavings or needles), straw, or sawdust to acidify the soil. We did that last year and it looks like we just might be eating blueberries this year. They are flowering now! I’ll keep you informed as to when you start popping them in our mouths!!! 🙂

    • cruel girl, Imagine popping blueberries into your mouth without me!! I shall go sweep up some pine needles this instant and we are not short of sawdust at the moment! c

  5. Hello my fuzzy friend. Thanks for all the progress pictures. It is beautiful here at the moment, but changes to arctic at the drop of a hat. I can’t keep up with it and am still having to dress in removable layers! There’s a new quilt on my blog.

  6. The house is looking very good – blink a couple of times and it will be Christmas already and long finished 😉

    • good morning and welcome, i have always thought that the full moon is like a smiling baby, it is hard to look away!.. c

    • EIGHT days,wow . , the farmers here are all in a hufff about too much rain.. but the ground is too cold anyway.. oops i hear john and his tractor in one of my gardens, i had better go and see what he is up to! c

  7. It puts a smile on my face that despite all the things that keep us all apart, there are other common things, simple joys that link us together
    I hope the work on the house will go on schedule this time

  8. same moon here in israel =) also we have a late start into summer. seems like the seasons are shifting a bit every year…when i was a kid in germany, we used to have snow for christmas almost every year… it got less and less, and later and later.
    have a lovely weekend!

  9. Hi Fuzzy Girl 🙂 I can tell you something, blueberries dislike rich soil, and also cedar mulch is toxic to them because they cannot assimilate nitrogen from nitrites and also have a shallow root system, somewhere around 6-8 inches, but even the deepest roots only go 14 inches or so, and can drown very easily if they get waterlogged soil. The common thinking these days is to plant them in an 18″ raised bed in acidic soil and mulch with bark mulch or saw dust (not cedar). Something which might make you smile: There’s a store close to us which sells all sorts of Wooey Wooey new age stuff like angel cards and fairy jewellery. Well, they have guided meditation evenings which are good for Chloe and me. Anyway, the result of this is that once/month Chloe dutifully lines up all her crystals and jewellery along the window ledges to “Purify” them in the moonlight. It looks like a Zen-new-age-hippie house around here every full moon night. 🙂 (all we’re missing is the incense and the sitar)

    • Chloe and her crystals, how fantastic, and raised beds! this is a good tip, as you know we are in an old drained swamp land so I bet they have got too wet, can I mulch them up with the pine chips and so forth, or should I replant them? c

  10. Your thoughts about the moon got to me a little bit, C. I am separated by geography from a few loved ones and we have our secret language when we share the moon. 🙂 I’m pulling for you with answers for your blueberries! Debra

    • My favorite band, Patchouli, does a song about looking at the same big sky. Celi’s post and your comment struck the same chord.

      If you want a listen, go here, click on the album “The Light Behind You,” then click on the song “Puzzle.”

      • Thank you, Nancy! This is my first introduction to Patchouli, and I can see why you enjoy this band! I really like their sound. I’m definitely going to explore the possibility of getting to know them better! 🙂

  11. Strawberry fields….ah, I’m so ready for the farmers markets to pop up in Chicago with strawberries right out of the gate!

  12. You could have used that warm fuzzy when you had no heat there at the end of winter. Inspector Blue is on the job. The fields are looking good.

  13. Saturday morning – the morning starts out as it should – visiting The Farmy. Reading the comments is part of all this, for these writers are forming a family around you. You are the epicenter Celi and we circle you watching The Farmy changing, giving wonderful and thoughtful advice, and simply caring deeply for all concerned. There is magic in this accomplishment , V.

    • Five years now..oh no wait.. almost six i think… not long.. john was born down the road though so he has lived here longer.. c

  14. enjoyed the photo of the building work, the angle you took it from gives me a better picture on my head – simple I know, but I can see how it’s joined up and on now!

  15. Beautiful Sunday morning here – has been all week so we too have shared the moon! And are now nodding appreciatevely at the green at the ‘magical place’ 🙂 ! Think I know all the animals by name now: it seems i’s time to learn the paddock ones 😀 ! . . . and love the look of the coupe . . .

    • What i really should do is draw a picture of the little farmy with the fields all named, i think this would help with perspective. Your tree is leafing out, it is doing very well.. I must get to work and plant some more.. c

      • If you can manage that, yes, it would help! Oh, Celi, you can have but little understanding how much being ‘part of the farmy’ adds to our lives!! 🙂 ! 🙂 🙂 ! Just take care, soon we’ll be tellin’ you where the ‘aminals’ should go whenever :D!!

  16. Celi – how could you miss the New Zealand moon !
    I was out there last night marvelling at its brightness and size… I leave all the curtains open in the house so that I can catch it all night when I turn over…
    Blue was looking very thoughtful in the grass…like g for grass, a for hay… life is very puzzling….

  17. I have six terrific blueberry bushes. They grow tall and I pull the limber branches down to pick the berries from the top of the branches. I got the cuttings years ago from a friend who had a blueberry picking patch (she sold blueberries). She said you needed different varieties and that it took at least three years for them to present berries. I find the longer the plants are in my backyard, the more they produce. I do not mulch or fertilize them. I do nothing to them but pick the berries and I get enough to share with friends. So, different varieties and it takes a few years for them to establish. I do live on a hill that has rocky terrible soil. I never amended the soil, just planted them in the ground as it was. Hope something I’ve written will help. Blueberries are wonderful! Try not mulching.

  18. Your comments on the moon made me remember when I first moved to the USA I was out to dinner with a work friend and we were both looking up at the stars as we crossed the car park. He then turns to me and asks “Do you have the same stars in England as here?” Excuse me? I’m from a different country not a different planet!! LOL Another solution to growing Blueberries is to grow them in big pots, then you can control the soil and the amount of moisture.
    Hugs Lyn

  19. It was a beautiful day here, Celi, though a bit on the cool side. When the wind comes off The Lake, our temps suffer no matter how much sun we get. That’s fine. This Summer we’ll be glad to have those breezes. Zia was just mentioning that she’d like to plant a few blueberry bushes this year. She’s always enjoyed them and I’m surprised she’s waited so long to plant some.
    Have a good morning!

  20. Darn I missed the moon! I’ll check it out tonight. It’s finally warm here, early 20Cs so I’m quite happy. Too bad about blueberries and hazelnuts not growing well.

  21. My friends have grown blueberries in a big pot on their deck. That’s just one plant, but it gave a lot of blueberries. Maybe in a pot you can get the mix just right.

  22. That was such a good moon! me and the dogs spent a good time watching it climb all golden thru the city sky, backlighting the clouds like some crick your neck in stately home stairwell, all painted with cherubim and glory… i love that we share the moon and so pleased to see you greening up over there. Two starlings are busy worming on our little pocket of lawn, now it’s been cut, I hope they find the chafer grubs too xxx joanna

  23. So good to get reader working and catch up glad green has entered your world as well I left on March 27th with 3 to 4 foot high snow banks and came home to Forsythia I cut and placed in vase all open and snow hardly a trace left 🙂 Life is GOOD!!!

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