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.