Bloom Where You're Planted Farm

  (Avoca, Nebraska)
A family-owned educational farm & pumpkin patch near Avoca, Nebraska
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Spring Chickens (& Calves & Pumpkins)

This is a great time of year at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm.  Rain has been plentiful, the grass and trees look lush and healthy, and the iris and peonies are starting to bloom.  In the next week or so we'll start planting some of our longer-season pumpkins and gourds.  The full planting assault will happen around Memorial Day, hopefully finishing up the first couple days of June.  I can't wait to get out in the dirt!  Its so exciting to think about all the pumpkins we'll harvest, plus its great exercise!

On April 29 we brought home five hens, a cross between Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshires (so they're very East Coast but seem to be enjoying the Midwest!)  April 30 & May 1 was our second-annual Spring Open House.  It was good seeing the familiar faces of some of our loyal customers and friends, and exciting to meet some first-time guests, too.  The following weekend we held a "Barn Sale" -- basically a big yard sale heavy on the antiques and primitives.  We made room for all the "new" antiques, primitives and gift shop merchandise we'll be bringing in for this fall.

The most fun thing this spring has been the arrival of two baby calves.  Fern delivered her first calf on May 1, a bull calf we named Mayday.  Ten days later, Molly's calf Rosy arrived.  I surprised myself (and really surprised Terry, when I told him the story later) by jumping in to help pull her when I realized she was coming out rump-first and upside down.  Molly may have been fine without me, but ideally they should come out head/front feet first, and I got scared.  Both calves are perfect and they're SO darn cute! 




Well, I'd better get outside to enjoy this great weather and get something accomplished.  Have a great spring, and we hope to see you soon at the farm!



Perfect Days

Our weather lately has been amazing!  Plenty of sunshine, low humidity, temps in the mid-60s, and best of wind!!!  That's a rarity here in Nebraska!  I looooove Springtime!

We've been taking advantage of the conditions and getting lots of work done.  Over the weekend we edged flower beds, mulched, weeded, and worked with the horses.  We've also prepared the ground and seeded grass in the many areas that were either disturbed when we trenched in water lines last fall, or destroyed by the tractor during snow removal.  I'm most excited about the area in front of the Schoolhouse Cafe.  We planted new grass right up to the new sidewalk -- if it takes, it will look great and be a huge improvement over the dust and weeds we had before (after all, that area was a cow lot just a few years ago!)

Much of our time this week has been spent getting ready for our Spring Open House on Apr. 24 & 25.  The Schoolhouse Cafe is all cleaned and rearranged.  I set up a small gift shop area in there yesterday--it will be much smaller than our fall gift shop, but we'll have some fun, spring-y foods and decor for sale.  Mowing and food shopping are all that remain on that to-do list.  We're praying for good weather and looking forward to our first springtime event in four years.

Here's a photo I took last week of a beautiful Nebraska sunset.  Hope to see you soon at the farm!






Like father, like daughter

I'm so sorry I haven't written a new post in so long.  Terry, Rocket and I just got back from a great trip to our favorite place, the Rocky Mountains.  We stayed in Amarillo, TX; Taos, NM; and Estes Park, CO.  It was a great trip, and I'll try to write more about it soon.

For now I wanted to share with you this photo of Sully and Dash.  Like father, like daughter!

 Dash is getting so big that it is hard to tell she and her dad apart when they're a distance away and we can't see her white forehead spot.

We got the horses' new fence done before we left, and this weekend Terry got the pumpkin patches all tilled up.  We're refreshed and revitalized and ready to tackle our to-do list.  It will be pumpkin plantin' time in about three weeks!


Back to work!

Today is the first day this spring that we've spent the entire day working outside.  The weather was beautiful and the threat of not-so-nice days for the rest of the week got us motivated to get out there and get going. 

The first thing Terry did was cut down what was left of an old maple tree.  It was huge but so hollow that it wasn't too hard to cut up and haul away.  Getting rid of that eyesore was a great way to start the day!

After lunch we worked on tearing out a section of fence along the horse pasture that was badly in need of being replaced.  We plan to replace a large portion of it with smooth wooden fencing like we have in other places around the farm.  The new fence will be more attractive and provide a nicer area for our customers to visit with the horses.  Plus, it will be safer for both horses and people than the old barbed wire.

Despite wearing sunblock I can feel a little sunburn/windburn on my cheeks.  Ahhhhhhhhh.... Spring! 


First "To-Do" List of the Year!

Yesterday I put together my first farm to-do list of the year.  There are still almost seven months until pumpkin patch time, but since Terry and I both have "real" jobs off the farm, we need to be ready to get to work at the first sign of spring.  Ideally we want to get as much done as we can before the heat and humidity of summer sets in.  However, that doesn't usually happen and we end up doing our hardest work in sweltering July and August.  Still, every new year is a new opportunity and we pledge "This year it will be different!"  Maybe this is the year...

Last year it was as bad as it could ever be (we hope).  We had a century old one-room schoolhouse moved here in mid-April.  We (and I use this term loosely, as Terry did over 80% of the work!) poured cement, built a foundation, tore off old siding, repaired and painted the original siding, put on a new roof, repaired and restored the windows and interior, built a new bathroom, installed four new doors, built two porches, and landscaped around the building.  All this in addition to the work of planting, weeding and harvesting the pumpkins and the other pre-opening day tasks nearly did us in.

This year's list is less ambitious.  Besides for the planting and care of the pumpkins it includes painting some outbuildings, doing more work on the schoolhouse including building a bell tower and a concession kitchen, and building a wagon for the hayrack rides we hope to add this season.  There's still plenty to do, and I'm sure the list will be added to as time goes on, but we wouldn't have it any other way!

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