Friday, April 25, 2014
Humming Birds and Cowpeas
It was a pretty good day to get caught up with the mundane stuff today. As I mentioned earlier I hauled another load of manure this morning mostly to the let the grass dry enough to mow. Sigh, it grows so fast I am going to start putting up some temporary electric fence tomorrow I think and start letting the sheep graze a few areas. Now that I have them cleaned out it should be safe and a good way to cut down on my fuel expenses.
As a matter of fact I am thinking about setting up some permanent grazing areas I can rotate the girls around in anyway. Let's face it there is no way we will be mowing like this in a few years I imagine. The cost is already getting a bit out of hand so it is best to put that ground to good use I think.
I just have to build cages around the fruit trees.
Saw my first Hummingbirds of the year this afternoon flitting around. I put one feeder out the other day for them and a male is already hitting it but he was gone by evening so my guess is he was just passing through yet and it will be another few weeks before I see the Summer residence. I saw another female hitting the Apple blooms as well.
Getting the lawn mowed, push mowed and trimmed took all but about the last hour or so of Sunlight but I did manage to get two rows of Cowpeas planted in the garden. I first planted some of these back in 2012 but we all remember that drought and also that was the year the slave pit I worked for racked up our hours and made us work six day weeks which left me with no time to get anything done so the garden and my bees suffered terribly. Anyway, this last season a few volunteers showed up mixed in with my Tomatoes and I allowed them to grow and saved the seeds.
Who knows this maybe a new special variety I add to the Small-Hold growing list and permanent staple crops. I will call this the CowPea Experiment, probably the only experiment I will mess with this year besides the great Pumpkin plant that is scheduled to start next month.
More on the Pumpkins later but I have about 1000 or more seeds ready to go.
Tomorrow is suppose to be cloudy with rain starting early Sunday so I have another full day planned. I need to get the grapes in the ground and haul one more load of manure before putting up the new temporary fence for the ewes and lambs.
I probably won't do another post until Sunday unless I take a break long enough for a another tractor pic maybe....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!