Wild Things Farm

  (Crab Orchard, Tennessee)
Farm life adventures of the Happy Hoer
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Winter is hanging on

Okay, so March 20 was officially the first day of Spring. There were a few days of nice, sunny, spring-like weather BUT winter has not quite let go yet. With nighttime temps at 24 degrees last night, about the same tonight and even colder tomorrow night, I'm sure getting a workout with the row covers and high tunnels in this sort of weather.

Today I transplanted 5 flats of Broccoli Raab into individual cells for replanting outside, really soon!

broccoliraabwebthe chives outside the high tunnel are happy, happy....

chivesathtweb

One of the projects on the wintertime funky weather list was to install a dry creek bed at the back of the house to drain the roof (no gutters yet) and a spring that is under the house.  Here's a start....

drysteambed

It will evolve over the course of the season, but at least the landscape fabric is down and the outline of rocks is in place.

I've been planting comfrey around the farm for the bees and the mulch.  Comfrey is a perennial that will produce lots of organic matter over the course of a season.  Several plants were planted in the orchard and at various places around the farm....

comfreyweb

Two weeks ago a new puppy arrived at the farm.  His name is "Blue".  His father is a Cur dog and his mother is a Catahoula.  I call him a "Curtahoula".  It's been awhile since a new puppy was here at the farm, and it is a constant battle to teach them not to kill chickens, cats, and not poop on the porch.  So far he hasn't threatened a chicken, hasn't caught a cat, but, hmmmm, has pooped on the porch several times...

blue3.24.14.web

 

In this photo he is really fascinated by a bunch of acorns he found on the ground--I could not get him to look at the camera.  He's a good dog so far :-)

I dug a clump of daffodils from my Nanny's house in Newport about 25 years ago, and moved them to my place in Lenoir City.  After that they moved to Crossville, to Crab Orchard, then to Wild Things Farm.  In spite of being relocated several times, they still remind me of my Nanny and I smile when they bloom.

daffodilsfromnannyweb

 

In the photo below you'll see the "Front Bluff" gardens planted in Swiss Chard, lettuce, kale, onions, mixed greens, and spinach---all covered up with row cover.  Maybe I can fool Mother Nature long enough to get a few things under way a little early!

The area nearest the camera is the newly established berry bed.  I killed the grass in this area last year, mulched with chicken manure, and will mulch with leaves before the raspberries, tayberries, blackberries, and hazelnuts are planted.

 

backyardberrypatchwebI'll go throw another log on the fire and dream of warmer days......

 

 

 
 

Permaculture

I'm sure that some of you have heard this term by now.  In a nutshell, it's recycling, reducing waste, organic gardening, and being frugal.  Pretty much the way our grandparents lived and the way we should be living.  That's the concept I've been living by here on the farm, and I've been encouraging others to live this way as well.

We all need to know more about life and how everything is intertwined.  The more we know, the better off we'll be, because the more we know, the more we will want to be in tune with nature.  The more in tune with nature that we are, the better off everyone will be.

The other day I received an e-mail from a permaculture site that I subscribe to and I've listened to this song--oh maybe 75 times in the last two weeks!  It's my new favorite song.  It's really good....listen...and the video that goes with it is pretty good too, but I REALLY love the song.  Hope you enjoy it too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EU8sxOmRQbY

Peace.

 

Permaculture

I'm sure that some of you have heard this term by now.  In a nutshell, it's recycling, reducing waste, organic gardening, and being frugal.  Pretty much the way our grandparents lived and the way we should be living.  That's the concept I've been living by here on the farm, and I've been encouraging others to live this way as well.

We all need to know more about life and how everything is intertwined.  The more we know, the better off we'll be, because the more we know, the more we will want to be in tune with nature.  The more in tune with nature that we are, the better off everyone will be.

The other day I received an e-mail from a permaculture site that I subscribe to and I've listened to this song--oh maybe 75 times in the last two weeks!  It's my new favorite song.  It's really good....listen...and the video that goes with it is pretty good too, but I REALLY love the song.  Hope you enjoy it too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EU8sxOmRQbY

Peace.

 

 
 

Living lightly

Did you know that if everyone unplugged their clothes dryers ALL the nuclear plants could shut down?  Interesting........

laundryonrailwebIn the winter I hang laundry on the stairway railing, in the summer on the porch railing.  Haven't used the dryer in.....6 years?

 
 

Where do you fit in?

Over the past several years I've fed my passion for self-sufficiency by reading lots and lots of how-to, gardening, self-sufficiency, organic, and permaculture books.  Supplementing the bookreading with great videos on YouTube, magazine subscriptions, and workshops when available.

A question came up recently and I'm sorry I don't remember exactly where I saw it, but the question still burns in my mind:  "Are you a part of the problem or the solution?"  I asked my oldest son that question and of course he said "what's the problem?"   I responded "When asked that sort of question, what would you think the problem is?"  He started thinking.....and he actually came up with the correct question.

I challenge you to ask yourself this question during your daily routine....when you throw away a perfectly recyclable aluminum can or glass bottle rather than recycling it, are you part of the problem or the solution?  When you run your clothes washer and/or dryer and/or dishwasher with just a few items in it are you part of the problem or the solution?

I know everyone has their opinions about global warming, but as a farmer I live right in the weather and work with the seasons and each year it becomes more challenging.  I call it "global weirding" and am really ashamed at the mess my generation and the generations before me are leaving this planet for our kids and grandkids.  I don't know for sure, but I'd say that sucking all the oil out of the earth is like disabling part of our cooling system, as well as paving the surface so it can't breathe--

One person can change the world, but only if they practice what they preach and teach others to do the same.  It's an overwhelming job, but lots of somebodies have got to do it.

So, are you part of the problem or the solution?

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