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22 Apr · Sun 2012
Today has been another hectic day at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. We started early this morning planting cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower in the field. This will open up space in the hoop house for tomatoes. After that was finished we planted more beets, radish, and onion. I had to work on one of the tractors today as it would not start. It turned out the terminals just needed to be cleaned and tightened. It has been a long day and everyone is very tired, so I am cooking some pork chops and relaxing. Tomorrow starts another busy week. Such is the life in planting season! May God richly bless you in this upcoming week.
Posted by Jeff @ 05:51 PM CDT
20 Apr · Fri 2012
Yesterday was another very busy and productive day. Dad worked on some equipment issues while I transplanted tomatoes. We are getting closer to planting the tomatoes in the high tunnel. I am thinking Monday or Tuesday of this upcoming week. I want to wait until this weekend cold spree is over. I read this morning that tonight could get down to thirty and after losing some tomatoes with the last cold spell, I want to side on caution. Anyhow, we are a little ahead of schedule on most of the other vegetable crops. I will be seeding more tomatoes today. This will be the last seeding of tomatoes. I also have some peppers to get in today. However, the first project this morning is to water in the cabbage and cauliflower that was planted in the field yesterday. Dad and I planted two 100 foot rows yesterday afternoon. We were kind of thinking it would rain last night and we would not need to water them in. Nonetheless, it did not rain. My wife and I are going out in a few minutes to begin the process. It should not take very long, but it does require two people. Once that is accomplished, as stated, I am going to do some seeding. I am pretty sure that Dad will be working on some equipment again today. I am really pleased to have him helping with some of these equipment issues, as I do not have the time and he is so good at fixing things. Well, it is time to get out and get to work. Yes, I am running a little late this morning. I mentioned a few days ago that I have not been feeling to well. I thought I would sleep a half hour later today, but unfortunately, I still do not feel much better. Hope you have a great day!
Posted by Jeff @ 07:59 AM CDT
04 Apr · Wed 2012
After some more research, I determined that I needed to find the right fertilizer for the asparagus. After driving all over the country, I found out that no one carried what I was looking for. So, we switched gears and planted potatoes yesterday. I worked some ground down while dad cut potatoes. Then I struck out the first row with the 234 and middle-buster. It really worked slick. We got twelve rows in yesterday. We then drove to Hampshire to look at an International 140 tractor. It was a disappointment. The tractor was junk. Now it is back to square one. So if you know of a 140 for sale, shoot me an email. Now its off to the greenhouse for more seeding and transplanting. And I'm sure we will be back in the field plant the balance of our potatoes! Have a super day and may God richly bless you in Christ Jesus!
Posted by Jeff @ 06:58 AM CDT
13 Mar · Tue 2012
It's amazing what a chiropractor can do for a sore back! I have not been to a chiropractor for many years, but I finally went today and got an adjustment. Dr. Rice in DeKalb, Illinois fixed me right up. He had me feeling better soon after I got on the table. What an amazing feeling it is not to have pain. Today I was able to get a lot done. I seeded the items on our calendar for today; organized the garage so there is more room; cleaned the floor in the greenhouse; cut the wood for the cold frame and filled flats for tomorrow. I also picked up sphagnum moss and seeding soil for later on. It took me a couple of hours in DeKalb this afternoon between the appointment and filling out the paperwork. It's all good though. I have to go back one more time and the doctor said I should be good to go. Not bad, since I have not been there since 1983 when I hurt my back at the nursery.
Tonight I stopped over to my friend, Rick's shop. He is building another Farmall M tractor for the breast cancer cause. It will be called Pinky Too! He wants to take it down to Sublette this weekend for the tractor show. They are featuring Farmall and International Harvester tractors. He will be taking Pinky as well. What a great project! Any donations go directly to the cause. Rick has a BIG heart. I'm proud of him. Rick's sister had breast cancer and lost the battle about three years ago. His mom is also fighting breast cancer at this time. My prayer is that they will find a cure. May God grant the doctors and researchers insight to a cure.
Posted by Jeff @ 07:24 PM CDT
21 Feb · Tue 2012
Today I am off to pick up my large seed order. The company said I could tour the facility when I get there. I am really looking forward to learning how they sort, store and package the seed. My friend Rick Wilkening and another buddy, Mike Maddox are going with me today. I also have to pick the seed potatoes and onion sets. Once we get all of this done, we are going to stop at a tractor restoration supply house. Rick has a pink Farmall M tractor called "Pinky" - - Pulling for the Cure. He has put this together to support the Breast Cancer Awareness group. It travels all over the local area to different events let people know about Breast Cancer. It's a great cause. Anyhow, we are getting some parts for a second tractor today as well.
I see by the time it is close to seven, so I better get going. There is a dusting of snow on the ground and it might be slippery. Have a great day! By the way, you can follow Pinky on Facebook. Just search for "Pulling for the Cure".
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Posted by Jeff @ 05:51 AM CST