Bean explosion

The rain last week prompted just about all the beans we have planted to explode out of the ground. It really is quite impressive to see the consistency with which seeds germinate. Where before we were watering trails of disturbed dirt on faith, now we have neat little trails of green to admire.

Seeds are truly miracles.

Full moon?

Quiet day on the farm and a beautiful, sunny day here on the coast of Maine. Spent most of today going down to Belfast to meet with our midwives. Still, we wait for the baby. In the meantime, the animals are growing weary of their fences. I had been riding in neutral with the sheep fence not electrified. This morning they decided they had enough of it and pushed their way out.

Project for tomorrow? Electrify the sheep fence. Also, the pigs are restless. Full moon’s coming up, I suppose.

Peas are up

With the lack of rain, the past few weeks have been an exercise in careful irrigation. That said, after a flurry of planting activity, things have slowed down a bit around here. And while our peas went in the ground late this year, they’re finally starting to come up.

Aside from the lack of rain, the weather has been great after the cold snap last week. And, for those in the know, we are still waiting on our third to come into the world.

Jumping the gun

Looking to the forecast for the week, it looks like clear sailing into June, so we jumped the gun an put our beans in the ground. Wisdom says wait until June 1, but with a baby due anytime, and sunny weather coming, we though it would be safe.

Of course now it’s cold and breezy outside. I still have faith the forecast will hold up and the rest of the week will be gorgeous. Also … the kids got to play with the ducks!

Pigs in the grass

Expanded the pig pasture today to include a huge chunk of rocky grass and clover. Watching a pig chomp away at a hunk of grass is very satisfying after plodding your way through the brambles running fencing.

Make way for …

Emma’s up picking up ducklings at the Feed & Seed today. Pretty excited for this years flock.¬† It’s easy to be excited about the farm on days like this. Plentiful sunshine and warm temperatures in May. The only thing I could stand to be without are all the bugs … but hey, what would the chickens do without them?

Hardening off

With the blast of warm weather this week we’ve been busy hardening off our seedlings. About two weeks until tomatoes and peppers and what-not can go in the ground.

We’re also blessed with sunshine accompanying this warmth, making it seem like summer in May.

Summer weather

After a number of chilly spring days, we are in for a taste of summer this week. The sun is shining bright and the mercury looks to climb well above 60. As one expects, the animals love it.

Our three lambs, all female, are already fighting and pouncing around their pasture, soaking it all in.

Planting

Whew! A big weekend in the books. Got first plantings of corn and carrots, as well as cabbage, turnips, parsnips and shallots in the ground. Got a ton of the garden cleared up and, after a difficult time clearing grass last year, that hard work has paid off with some very nice soil. We also put in a second planting of lettuce, after our first was demolished by chickens. Well, not completely.

Otherwise it’s been a wet and cold few days here. Looks like it should be warming up tomorrow, but for now the wind feels more like October than May.

Graduation

The annual pilgrimage of parents of Maine Maritime Academy students is upon us here on the farm today. Being close to the road means we are always well aware of special events. The stream of cars flowing past me as I do animal chores on a partly cloudy, warm spring morning reminds me of all the kids who, upon working hard for four years, get to matriculate today. Congratulations to the students. Maybe we can slow down a little bit?