Hanging Mountian Farms LLC

  (White, Georgia)
We raise pastured chickens for eggs.
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Grass Everywhere

                                  Grass Everywhere

The rains have produced unbelievable growth in the pastures and hay fields in NW Georgia. My front field had been cut and is drying; hope to bale this week. We have squash, tomatoes, beans, peas, and corn up and going. The new chickens are eight weeks old and should begi laying around Labor Day. I have several heirloom tomatoes. I chose the variety Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Buster. I am late planting them but it is better than last year when the maters were destroyed by a hail storm.

 
 

WATER

                                           Water

Water is the life blood of any farm. We must have water to sustain the vegetables and animals we are raising. We have had our share during the last week or two. Even after 36 hours with no rain my pastues are still sopping wet. The fescue is chest high in places and must be cut this weekend. I have been reading a fasciating book about water storage by Art Ludwig. See all his stuff at oasisdesign.net. For some of his stuff he is "out there" but for water storage design he has done the work. Did you know in societies where water is under pressure ie piped, the average person uses 100 gallons per person per day. But in societies where the water is hand carried the folks only use 10  gallons per person per day. You learn to conserve if you have to tote a bucket up the hill. I want to conserve the water that God send to my farm for times he is not sending it. Right now we have a plenty; let us see wha it looks like in August.

 

Ted

 
 

Planting time

                               Planting Time

My experience tells me that the best time to plant is after April 15th. So while others are mailing their taxes or going to tea parties or watching tea parties, I am going to be preparing the soil and planting. One can still get stuck in Blackberry Winter in late April and early May but if you wait too late the bugs eat you up! It rained this morning but the weather channel forcast is for dry weather through Sunday. I hope to plant on Friday and Saturday. We will do the usual Silver Queen, various tomatoes, beans squash,okra, and our favorite peas.

The new chicks are making progress although I thought I would lose them yesterday during a prolonged power outage. I borrowed a generator from a good friend and saved them from the cold. Carlene kept it going while I went back to work. They are fine this morning.

 

Ted 

 
 
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