A FIELD of thistles needed hoeing yesterday so Wai and the dogs and the hoe and I got to work and hand hoed the whole area. I am going to learn how to sow seed myself as this weedy patch is the direct result of no cover crop in there for the winter. The pigs do a mighty job of clearing their plate but they tend to divide up the thistles rather than eat them.
I lose sunglasses every year. One pair I found in the calf pen last month – they were even still wearable – these ones not so much.
The seed is mixed and loaded into the hopper of the seed drill ready to go as soon as the tractor driver arises. This seed mix is cowpeas, Austrian winter peas, sunflowers, red clover, Indian corn, maize, pinto beans, oats, Monster oats (these get to 6 foot tall), and other assorted seed left over from last year. I call it the cocktail. Every pig pasture mix is different every year. This one I have tried for a ground cover, mid height peas and beans and tall corns and sunflowers.
The objective is for the plants to reach maturity before I let the pigs in. (Snort).
But I hate watching these guys wait and I know I will let them into one field too early. Then I will sow the field they leave behind. I have created EIGHT little pig pastures this year and already have the seed to back sow as they move around. The seed is expensive but I am determined not to leave any field bare this year so I collected it all through the winter wherever I found sales and free delivery. This is why I am going to talk Our John into teaching me the basics about the seed drill. I am the Impatient Farmer and march to a different drum. John’s drum is a much slower Midwest beat. I have a beach girl beat. Not a beach combers beat.
I think growing up on a beach taught me that every morning the beach would be washed clean, forgiven, ready for me to start again at full speed, ready to run on the cool packed sand just above the tide line. We used to erupt onto the morning beach as kids. That is my favorite speed.
I was photographing the Uglies (who are very friendly and getting more beautiful every day with the sun and fresh feeds) and as I was leaving their area I turned back to call Tima out and there I see her lecturing them a little something about territory. She walked all the way to their fence to tell them this. Horrible pig.
Even the chook looks shocked at her lack of manners.
Lets look at our little fat Wai – a much nicer image to finish with.I know it is hard to tell but he is losing weight. Often I see him sleeping up against the fence they share with the calves. There is usually a calf asleep on the other side. He likes the calves.
I hope you have a lovely day.
I hope to get the seeds sown today and get a start on cleaning out the West Barn.
WEATHER: Tonight we bring all the tomato plants back inside. They have been out in their pots hardening off – but tonight’s frost might be a bit TOO HARD!
Saturday 04/28 0% / 0 in
Sunny to partly cloudy. Cooler. High 54F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night 04/28 0% / 0 in
A clear sky. Widespread frost likely. Low 31F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
5:55 AM 7:46 PM
Waxing Gibbous, 97% visible 6:27 PM 5:32 AM