Tomatoes and Fish

Decided to post twice today, ’cause my readers surely want to know if cattle are our only product. In fact, we also produce garden vegetables for the table. Mike and I set out four hundred or so tomato plants a few days ago, in between these nearly constant rain storms we’ve been having this Spring.  We fertilized them with fish emultion, which the plants love but stink when you pour it on them on a hot day. We also planted okra, squash, beets, cress, and cucumbers. The potatoes and various lettuces he planted a few weeks ago have come up and look terrific. And the thousand asparagus plants we planted a couple of years back are producing in abundance. He planted two varieties of super sweet corn, yellow and white, and if the racoons and birds don’t get them all, they should sell well this summer. I notice yesterday that the strawberry plants are finally producing some fruit. This weird odd-season cold has slowed them down some and they seem smaller than usual, but the apple, cherry, and pear trees will have a substantial crop barring a summer drought. So yeah, we have more than cattle.  We also have a greenhouse full of plants that still need to be put in the ground, sold, or given away.

We  grow flowers for our own enjoyment and the various colors   of irises in the field look beautiful. They range from stark white to burgundy with some two tone varieties. We’ll also have lilies (day, asian, easter), nasturtiums, strawflowers, and my coral roses to use as cut flower arrangements. Somehow, when I moved here, I thought you  hired people to handle this stuff. We do it all, usually by ourselves, since finding good and reliable farm help is difficult and expensive. No reason to get acrylic nails anymore…the dirt seems to stay under my nails. Of course, our farming neighbors think I’m nuts driving my little convertible sportscar down the gravel road that leads to the farm, but I’m still a city girl at heart and it’s my last hold out.

This is the road I take in my convertible

About cattlebaroness

I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in History, nearing completion of a Master of Arts in American history. Born and raised first on military bases around the world, then in Orange County, CA, I moved to Kentucky when my children were small. I now live on a small family farm and am learning about farm life, planting and our newest addition to the landscape--cattle. Until a month or two ago, all I knew about 'cows' were that they came in brown, black and white and that some are raised for milk and others for meat. I am a quick study out of necessity.
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2 Responses to Tomatoes and Fish

  1. Linda Taylor says:

    I have loved reading your blog…especially the part of you driving the tractor. I do believe this will make for a good movie one day!! You know Lian I have lived on a farm for all my life and know nothing about driving a tractor.
    Sounds like a wonderful and fun filled experience you are having, just remember the fun filled part when it gets a little hard and you are getting a little tired and it is 100 degrees in the shade.
    I will be enjoying reading all your new experiences, so don’t forget to log them in on the days you have worked your little fingers to the bone.

    Will be looking forward to seeing pictures of your flowers and all your garden and especially you on the “big green tractor”.

    • Thanks, Linda. Although I’ve been here awhile, I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I’m not learning something new about farm life. I’m also gaining a strong appreciation for people who work their full time jobs and run their family farms too. If this rain ever stops, I’ll post more pics…I tend to forget my phone when we are out working.

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