Scotch Creek Farm

  (Nebo, Kentucky)
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Is it summer yet?

I don't know if a farmer ever gets caught up with the farm. I know I don't. I have learned to be a little more tolerant of weeds as they have been helpful in drought years. I have learned that when you have 5 dozen (extra) eggs you NEED by the weekend 5 hens out of 17 will decide to go broody. You tend to lose the things planted in a newly broken field if you plant too early. Goats decide to not lactate as much on a day you need the milk for a cheese class. And they are ALWAYS JUST NoW out of the type of seed, fertilizer, lime with calcium , whatever it is you needed that day you can't find it anywhere for love or money. It is just one of those farm things you can't do anything about. 

This year the calamity has been hay. Now how on earth can you get hay put up if it rains every 3 days? It takes that long to cure and you need a good hot day to cut it. So I have 50 acres of tall and what I term (rank) fields that will become cow hay because the horses, sheep and the goats would have to be next to starvation to consider it a choice for forage. Cows well you give them a little ice cream and then they eat the box it came in so to speak. That is what I love about cows. Say what you want but they are NOT picky eaters and they will make something wonderful for you from a not so wonderful product. IE hay that got rained on and then baled after it was raked four times and tedded just to make it dry enough not to burn the barn down when it is stored!  They make you fertilizer , calves, milk and meat out of that grass hay...gotta love those cows.

The other thing this year has been planting. The corn is in late, the tomatoes are in late, I don't want to talk about the squash or beans right now I refuse.  I have seedlings that I have been saying (just one more day) for 3 weeks now and they are tired of waiting on me and ready to set roots through the plastic bottoms and into the concrete they are set on. The poor things. The mint is long awaiting the garden bed I have created for it but poison ivy has made a home and I am just not being brave enough and the vinegar working fast enough to get them out of the way to plant the mint in their new homes. SIGH So this will be the weekend of Epics... the EPiC planting. Come hell or highwater they have to go into the ground. The potatoes are already 9 inches tall and turning into bushes for crying out loud so it is definitely time to get the peppers and tomatoes in. NOTE: use row covers for Brussicas because there will be no broccoli from me at the farmers market this year thanks to the stupid cabbage butterflies. Sorry customers... they like them more than we do I guess and without using pesticide I have to outsmart the darn things so in the hoophouse they will be planted in the fall when the butterflies are dormant. Sound good? Besides they will be better after a first frost anyway right? On another note the lettuces look wonderful and taste even better. They haven't gotten bitter or tried to bolt yet.. even though I know it is coming soon since it is getting warm now. The carrots have surprised me and the onions and garlic have outdone themselves so far. I can't wait for tomato and basil soup with fresh garlic on a cold winter day! As will the tortilla soup with fresh frozen sweet corn , onions, peppers and other lovelies from the garden. Yum. Happy planting!


Favorite time of day

Morning is my favorite time of day. Being in charge of all this caretaking it is nice to have a moment to myself. Well most days it is to myself after Deaglan and my husband get off to school and work. Sigh. Oatmeal and mint tea with some honey, or some fresh eggs and farm raised bacon yum. 

It seems that farming revolves around food and it should since I GROW it, but it is more than that it embodies the lifestyle of the person doing the growing. I had a great lady and foodie call me about an interview for the farm and I was ecstatic then she said she wanted pictures...Farm looks good to me but then after a brown winter lush green with the dew on it  looks like diamonds and emeralds in the morning sun. Sure there are weeds in most of the beds and tilling that is done but not planted and mulched that is part of spring. I honestly don't think about it when there are seedlings trying to put out roots into the tile floor of the sun room , garden beds to plan, turnover, till and plant, milking goats to be tended, their baby kids to feed, cows to turn out , pigs to feed and spend time with to keep them easy to handle, chickens to feed ,water, put bedding in the nest boxes and take the composted litter out for garden beds, horses to feed , groom and ride or drive. Then there are the fields to check , hay fields to check for weeds and pull them up , wheat fields to check their progress compost piles to turn. Corn fields to start preparing..This is just how spring is. With every season comes the new challenges with what is coming up and wanting your attention before it goes wild! Between these times there is my family, cheese making, farmers markets etc.  I really love this time of year but at the same time it is muddy , messy and well not exactly Park like in appearance. I am concerned then about something I don't think about often... do people want me to grow their food and grow it well? or do they want to buy food from a (pretty) farm? Well pretty is subjective I know that but if the beauty of a farm is its value then I don't know if Organic is the way to go for that. Oh well though Organic is how we grow no matter how overgrown things look or some weeds out there  , proves we don't use herbicide , pesticides otherwise we would have weed free fields... who wants that? I would rather have a little messy and clean food , than a pristine farm with chemical residues.

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