Archive for May, 2011


Saturday, May 14th, 2011

The alfalfa is much improved this year. (Remember what it looked like last year? Not pretty). This could be because it’s the alfalfa’s second year now, or because their roots have finally started to make some headway into improving the soil of Backfill Hill. Either way, the alfalfa plants can do nothing but good for […]


Friday, May 13th, 2011

Look what I spotted on the peach tree the other day! And on the apple tree: And the grapes: I’m not supposed to let any of them set fruit this year (though I might cheat a little. How could I possibly go three years without tasting a single homegrown apple or peach? C’mon, help me […]

That old house

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows I haveĀ  a thing for old houses. Type, era, size, etc. don’t really matter. I am entranced with all of them. (I blame it on being an architect’s daughter). I’ve literally been interested in restoring/exploring old, falling-down houses ever since I can remember. We […]


Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Think I planted enough clover? The bees love it. You can hear a contented buzzing sound as you walk past the big patches. I think this is the first photo of my farm that makes it look pretty. Slowly, sloooowly, as I fix each flaw, as each new perennial gets planted, it comes into its […]


Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I made butter again for the second time a few days ago. This time I sprang for the organic, grassfed, high-quality cream, and it went so much better than before. After culturing the cream like yogurt, I started whipping it into butter. The yellow color it took on really surprised me, since the cream hadn’t […]


Monday, May 9th, 2011

I love this part of Spring. Everything’s greening up and going gangbusters, and there are no pests to speak of yet. Sure, my pak choi and arugula all went to seed in the space of two days, but look at my beautiful lettuce and chives! All the spinach needed was a dusting of blood meal […]

The rhubarb returns

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The rhubarb came back! One of the three, at least. I placed my perennials order with Stark Bros last year* and for the first time, I was vastly disappointed. Things came with barely any roots, mildewed, shriveled, abused. My three rhubarb roots looked rotted and sure enough, they quickly died once planted. Or so I’d […]

Prettification of the eyesore proceeds apace

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

A week or two ago we ordered three cubic yards of topsoil delivered, and all of it – all of it – went right here. Three cubic yards is a lot. It’s spread deep; I basically just dumped wheelbarrowloads right next to each other and did very minimal spreading-out. It took me two days and […]

Three little hives

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Every time I look at my three little hives, that song from the Mikado starts running through my head. I really have to get back on that horse and open up the hives again – this time with the smoker!!! And two sets of pants!!! – because in my panic to get away last time […]

It’s a hard knock life

Friday, May 6th, 2011

… especially if you’re a chicken. And most especially of all if you’re a chicken whose owner forgot (once! One single time in a whole year!) to close up the coop one night. I’m sorry, Penguin. You will be missed.