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Garden Harvest 2022

August 8, 2022

What a great reward for a little bit of work! Our gardens are in full swing, giving us produce almost as fast as we can pick it. I know that it is the same every year, but it never fails to make me humble. A little work, some seeds, topsoil and rain and a heaping scoop of God’s blessing and wow, what a harvest.

We are canning and freezing and keeping up. Hat’s off to my wonderful, hard working wife for her efforts. I do some of the dirty work, fetch and get, pick, husk and peel, but she makes the magic happen. She puts a little love in every single quart. I think that love is the secret ingredient that gets passed from generation to generation and crosses family lines. I say this because the food put up by my mom, my grandmothers and most anyone who takes the time do it correctly, tastes wonderful. It tastes like “home”. It fills your belly and warms your heart at the same time.

The work caused by growing one’s food, is a satisfying job. The sweaty brow, the dirty , sticky hands are just part of the experience. We involve our children and grandchildren, trying our best to pass on the love for land, wholesome food and a lifestyle that is a blessing. There is no work in a job when your heart is happy.

We still take time for fun! Maggee, at four months old, growing fast. She is shedding her baby hair. She will soon be weaned from mom. She gets lots of attention, as do all of our horses, but babies are so much fun! We mix work with fun, that balance makes everything better!



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August 23, 2021, 2:21 pm
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August 23, 2021

This rainbow was a fleeting double one. No worries, its beautiful even as a single. God’s promise witnessed by us. Some say a pot of gold lies at its end. All I know is that when this display frames our barn, buildings or our home, I feel filled with blessings. “Home”, what a wonderful word and what an awesome place to have. I appreciate mine and the people who make it so.

We are working on the garden’s harvest. Just one more thing in which to be thankful. I also am grateful for my wife who makes this all come together. Next week we will celebrate 29 years together as man and wife. She shares my dreams, my life and makes our house a home. Just like the rainbow that comes after the storm…it is a beautiful thing!

Some folks doodle on a pad, some stare off into space, but I like to “doodle” with my forge. I turned a four foot rod into this hummingbird feeder. Its whimsical I know, way out of my comfort zone for sure. The humming birds love it. It is so neat to see them rest on the little perches that I twisted into the design.

The holder is set up for two feeders. Our visiting hummers are plenty. This set up helps us keep up with demand. It was a fun project, best thing is my wife likes it too! Soon, the hummingbirds will head south for the winter, but they are fun to watch in the meantime.

Rainy, hot, muggy weather rules these last few weeks. Second cutting grass waits to be cut, but the fields are saturated with water standing in places. I will do my best to be patient and wait for a little better weather for making dry hay. One last summer job before the autumn season work overtakes us. Soon plowing for spelt seedbed, cleaning and storing the hay equipment and spreading compost will lead the jobs. I guess for now, I will help with the garden, watch the birds and enjoy just being home!



Garden Rewards
August 4, 2020, 1:44 pm
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August 4, 2020

We have gotten some much needed rain. The crops are showing their gratitude! The pastures are green and growing. The corn is amazing…or perhaps “a-maize-ing”  :o)

The hay fields are growing steadily, making growth for yet another cutting. The gardens too are growing great and vegetables are ripening quickly.

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These summer squashes made it into the freezer today. I like them in vegetable soup, especially on a cold winter day. The taste of summer lasts all year that way.

Today marks the usual start of our county fair. Wet weather has been a long standing addition to the fair activities. This year, much of the fair has been cancelled due to Covid-19. I guess someone forgot to tell the weatherman. I won’t complain, we needed this recent rain.

From the look of my picture, I think it is time for me to eat more squash and less potatoes! All garden rewards should not go to waste…in my case, should not go to “waist”!



May Flowers
May 1, 2015, 3:58 pm
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Transplanted Blooms

Transplanted Blooms

May 1, 2015

After a long winter and a late spring, the flowers are blooming. It is such a wonderful thing to see. The flowers in the photo are blooming at Mom’s place. I transplanted them two years ago. They are starting to thrive. As many of you know, my mother’s ashes rest on the hill behind my sugarhouse. I keep moving flowers there. It pleases me and I am sure it pleases her too.

All around the garden and yard, blooms are peeking out. The plants are waking up and leafing out. The pasture grasses are emerald green. My fall planted speltz are lush and a vibrant green. They move with the breeze and look like a sea on land. It is good to pause and notice things such as these. It gives a man’s mind and body peace.

The weather is looking good for us farmers too. We have been wet. Tillage is at a slow crawl. The state says only ten percent of crops have been planted. That is about twenty percent behind normal years. Here at Riceland we are right on track. The fall planted speltz are growing and looking good. The pastures are growing and my oats have been planted. A small field for open pollenated corn will be plowed and made ready for planting in the next few days.

The draft horses are shedding their winter hair quickly. Birds are flittering about building nests, many lined with black horse hair. I am getting the itch to plant the early garden vegetables. Some onions are peeking out of the new beds. Some cole crops and greens will be added soon. Spring has sprung and it feels great!