Monday, July 16, 2012
Good day to everyone who's reading this.. It has been quite a while since I have added to this blog. We have had some busy years here on the farm. In 2010 we had to deal with allot of extra water and the sloughs and feilds were extreemly wet. Driving truck for our harvest was a difficult chore for the old loadstar truck.. You were unable to drive in most fields with a load so we only ever loaded with half a load.. This entailed quite a bit more driving and unloading for the poor old truck. Our fields were also quite a bit smaller because of the water takeing ove.. Now in 2011 it was better. still quite a bit of water but the fields were not as wet and driving for harvest was better than the year before.. This year it seems to be improving again. we had a very wet spring but did manage to get the crops in a little late but in none the less. Then in June we had it dryer and now the beginning of July we had it HOT and dry. some places still got rain with the storms that came through but all in all dryer.. I was just thinking I'd better start watering my garden when this past weekend July15 we had an inch of rain so that will go along way with the garden and the crops.. The crops have just been flowering and the wheat has heads so this rain will help fill those pods and heads.. The over all weather is quite a bit more humid than normal but we are getting used to it. I am hoping to pick some of my early peas today or tomorrow that will make a delicious meal. We have had beavers in every possible slough around here and the R.M. has had a bounty on their tails. They are causing a lot of damage to water ways by damming them up and they just make messes and kill trees everywhere else. Looking over the landscape there are a lot of dead trees and bushes because of flooding and that is sad. Well I will have to go check my chickens now and I will hopefully get in some pictures soon. Take care everyone and enjoy your summer.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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New born $8.25 without velcro
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The Diaper adventure
Well Life on the farm is supposed to be kinda layed back but in reallity it can be stressfull. It seems that growing a crop and selling to the hungry people in the world just isn't enough to raise a family .. Out here I do as much as I can naturally and produce as much food for ourselves as I can.. I have a huge garden to supply my vegetables and I raise chickens for eating.. I also have chickens for laying eggs.. so if push comes to shove I guess we could just about live on our own food.. The farming opperation however is not enough to pay for everything else.. It seems eveything else is more,, your phone is more as there is a distance charge added on because you live far out and everywhere you go is at least a half hour drive away or more . So I try to do other things to make some extra money, they say the trick to farming is to diversify... I make willow baskets and my latest adventure is Cloth diapers.. This adventure started when I had 6 nieces/nephews all having babies within 6 months of eachother.. some of them wanted cloth diapers for their babies but the diapers are so expensive.. I took the challange and checked things out and made them some diapes .. Now I am trying to sell them as a small busisness.. I make them out of sherpa cotten it is a streach kinda sweat shirt material but it is 100% cotton and then the soaker layer is a material that absorbs 10 X it's weight in liquid in 1/10 of a seccond.. the layer close to the baby's skin is a stay dry liner that wicks water away into the soaker layers. I either add velcro or you would use pins or a "snappie fastener " to close it .. I also make plastic pants to cover the diaper out of PUL or basicly cloth with a rubber backing or I could make each diaper have it's own plastic pants.. I make a new born size and then a small/ med size,,haven't made the large size yet but it would be possible. this second size is two sizes in one to save you having to buy small and med diapers.. you just fold over the front of the diaper for the smaller size and unfold it for the larger size. The nice thing about diapers is that weather does not bother them,, they do not need watering or keeping them from frost and it is something I can do in the winter months while staying nice and warm beside my wood fire place ..
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This is a new experience for me.. I will attempt to do some blogging..This has been an interesting year on the farm so far .. I have not needed to water my garden at all this year except for the baskets and pots. It seemed that everytime my meager 17 gallon rain barrel was empty it rained once again and filled it up.. I never had to use my big 40 gallon one and now with the frost here I just drained it on the grass.. What a waist. I figure all in all we have had 35 inches of rain or more since the end of May... sloughs are huge vehicals parked for storage are under water and parts of our field there is no way to get to as they are surrounded by water..The fields are so wet that I'm thinking we will be spending allot of our time out there harvesting pulling out the vehicals..Our neighbours tried combining and from what I heard the combine was stuck a few times the grain cart pulled by a tractor got stuck a few times and the swather was also stuck.. I'm not sure how much they actually got into the bin as the days are so short now and with everything getting stuck I'm thinking they didn't spend much time actually combining.. We haven't even turned a combine wheel yet...All in all my garden was ok this year except for certain crops.. the tomatoes got blight, the cabbage went to seed and had no heads and the corn froze before the cobs matured. The rest of the vegetables were fine.. the wonderful flavorfull onion, the tasty cellery, the colorfull carrot, the beans and the pop in your mouth peas and the not that bountifull potato.. My freezers are full and ready for winter.. just think of all the delicious stews and soups we will be eating this winter.. The chickens turned out well and I have 6 to 9 lb chickens in the freezer as well.. yum yum.. I raised 110 chickens to compleation and had wonderfull help for the final job of getting them ready for the freezers.. We were all happy to take home the wonderful looking birds for our freezers. thanks to everyone who helped with the final job. we are now hoping for nice weather so we can actually take in the crop.. they are promising us by the end of the week but they've promised that before and it hasn't happend so we will wait and see what the days bring.