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Where’s my Free Fertilizer?

May 12, 2011

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Cattle Farmer needs to Dump

Greetings from Bippus.  We are about ready to break earth in the main garden.  There are about 40 front loader bucket scoops of aged cattle manure positioned all around the garden.  We will need to take the pitchforks to these piles and distribute them, evenly, and then run the plow and the disk over the ground.  And that should *sweeten* things up enough to really kick start those seeds and seedlings that will go in shortly.  Now my cattle farmer buddy needs to get over here and replenish my big shit heaps, err, I mean fertilizer aging stockpiles pretty soon.  The manure should spend some time aging before being applied, and my stock is out.

We hit like 82 degrees today in Bippus.  Hot and muggy was the theme.  We managed to burn off a lot of the grass out back, as it had finally dried out.  So the ground out there could be worked, if we had time.  Maybe some beans will be planted there this season.

And the Transplants?

Those cute little seedlings that we started way back in , was it , February?  They are spending the night outside tonight.  With a forecasted low of 68 and a high of 85 tomorrow, they should do just fine on the north side of the garage.  Once we get the ground prepped for them, in a couple days, they ought to be well adjusted.

Wifey was commenting on the strawberry patch.  With trepidation.  The strawberries, well about 2/3 of them are in bloom, and those pretty white flowers mean (unless something goes wrong) that sweet, red fruits will be available for the picking before too long.  Wifey was recalling the back-wrenching labor it takes to harvest those little beauties.  We would expect to be harvesting by the last week of May.

The poults are growing by leaps. I hope to have some photos of them soon to share with you.  The ducks are (except for the mallards) just as big as the geese.  That is a bit of a surprise.  They are really going through the feed now, and boy oh boy, can those waterfowl put away the (You guessed it!) put away the water!  All 41 are still together, and they are drinking two gallons of water, or more, per day.  That’s it for now.  Happy planting.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 11:31 am

    It is nice to finally have warmer weather. Sounds like you have been very busy. I think I could endure a backache for some fresh strawberries!

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      May 13, 2011 9:33 pm

      with two brown dogs, you should not have to bend over picking berries if you train them right! Our long lost chesapeake LOVED to pick raspberries, but he would NEVER put them in the bucket. LOL.

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