Friday, February 12, 2010

The Farm...

I thought I should post a couple of pictures to show you what is happening on the farm these days. El Nino weather is making the news, pounding California with rains, and leaving us with mild, dry days. So -- the plants are waking up and thinking it is spring.

See the buds pushed out on the canes? Little leaves are ready to pop out. There's nothing wrong with an early spring, as long as winter doesn't decide to come back. If we got some serious cold and wind, significant damage could be done. However, we're having a cycle of rain, and then predictions are to return to El Nino mildness. Once into March, it would be unlikely to get damaging weather...and there's nothing we can do about it anyway!

The workers just completed all the pruning and tying, so everything is looking very tidy right now. I love that!


With the mild weather, Randy is preparing for the planting process. This week, lime was spread on the field we'll be planting...


...And he got to play with his new forklift, stacking the organic fertilizer into the old horse shed for storage.  I will not be going in there until the fertilizer is spread! Organic = vile, stinky, but effective. I can only be thankful that it doesn't come in liquid form. Goodbye, horse shed, until we meet again -- after you've aired out!



3 comments:

tami said...

I love driving around the county and seeing all of the raspberry fields of canes tied as hearts. It's just so valentiney. (is that a word?)

Janice said...

That is something I DON'T miss from our farming days - the smell of money Randy used to call it :-)

Ridgely said...

At this rate, we're going to be eating strawberries in April and raspberries in May...whoo hoo! I agree with you, I like the "tidyness" of winter, everthing pared down to the minimum, tucked in, looking neat and orderly. Pretty soon it'll be "all over the place". We need to have dinner soon! :)

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