Mid summer

I have been spending lots of time weeding lately. They are overtaking the yard. The garden is not letting them win, though. SAM_0284.JPG

Here is a picture of the fields before the sun came.

The garden this year is absolutely enormous. One of the zucchini plants is almost as tall as I am. As for the amount of produce, it is so many we dont have any place for them. We have started giving them to neighbors and guests and anyone we can.SAM_0376.JPG

SAM_0373.JPGSAM_0375.JPGThe size of the zucchinis is even better. They are still as big as most of my arm.

It has been incredibly hot here lately and I feel bad for the sheep. Our sheerer still hasn’t been able to come.SAM_0305.JPG

Here is our oldest girl.


Here is the flower garden, after the flowers bloomed. We only have a few with petals now.

We have been making some great recipes with all the food from the garden. I might post some another day.

I am already giddy about fall coming. I can’t wait for the pumpkins and apples and such. It is such a great time of year.

The town looks beautiful right now. All the houses on main street are set on bright green yards covered with plants and sun. So many people are out walking, more than usual.

Not much has been happening on the farm. Just checking in.

Have a nice evening!


The Vegetables Arrived

I haven’t written in so long. Sorry about that. I had a very busy end of June and then went on vacation for the fourth of July. I hope everybody had a good time.

It was nice weather here but the water was still cold from the spring that was uncomfortably chilly.

It is gray and cloudy here today and we had some rain. Here is a photo of the farm: SAM_0372.JPG

Our garden is getting so much bigger. The zucchini plants are huge! So much larger than any I’ve ever seen before. We used the sheep’s used bedding in the soil this year and it seems to be working great, since we usually get small crops.


We have so many zucchinis and they are so big that we have been baking zucchini bread and muffins all afternoon and will be eating stuffed zucchini for dinner. Here are some photos of our first picking. I put my hand in for size comparison.


When we were done baking we ended up with two sheets of muffins and to breads and we still have three zucchinis left after dinner.SAM_0379.JPGSAM_0380.JPGSAM_0381.JPGSAM_0382.JPG

It is great that we finally can use the food from the gardens for eating our meals. We have tomatoes, peppers, squashes and more, along with snap peas that Bea picks to eat every morning.

The flowers are all out of bloom and usually thats okay because everything turns green, but this year there are so many gypsy moths that Connecticut’s trees are almost bare.

The animals are doing well and the puppy is fitting in better with the older dogs. It is her three month birthday today and I can’t believe how much it shows. She is so much bigger than when we got her.

Here is Gladys out for her morning watch:



Wilbur had been attacked by some unknown animal one night and we found him all bloody and missing almost all of his horn the next morning.

We washed him up and sprayed some fly repellent to stop the little bugs from laying eggs in his wounds. He is doing much better now and although his horn is still almost invisible, he seems back to normal.

We also had a hail storm recently. Hail storms are fairly common around here, but never have I seen balls of ice this big falling from the sky. It was very scary. Especially for the garden. But all the little plants survived and are now growing to be uncommonly oversized. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.


Thistles all over

Baby thistles

Baby thistles

Two years ago we got a strange, little, spiky plant in one of our pastures. At first we didn’t think anything of it, but as it started to grow we took notice.

It had hundreds of extremely spiky needles about one-three inches long. It was only one plant growing up out of the ground like a tree.

The plant grew to be taller than me and quite interesting. We told our lawn-jockeys not to cut it down since it looked kind of pretty.

Eventually dozens and dozens of bright purple flowers bloomed on the plant and it looked beautiful.

Then we noticed that hundreds of honeybees and a few small birds were all pollinating on it, but that our sheep wouldn’t even go near it.

That’s when I realized that this thistle plant was a marvel of evolution. It is designed so scary at large that herbivores (or in this case predators) wouldn’t be able to eat it without hurting themselves. On the other hand the sharp needles gave just enough room for small pollinators to get to the flowers.

I looked up this plant in one of my flora books, and saw it was similar to a milk thistle, although the leaves were slightly different.

By the early fall the flowers had turned to what looked like dandelion fluff and over a few days started to float all around the yard.

The next summer the marvel of evolution came back. What we realized was what that pretty dandelion fluff actually was was seeds. Hundreds and hundreds of seeds floating all over the property.

Our big thistle came back, but so did over a hundred others, all spanning from the pasture to the mailbox at the road, and most of them growing to be human hight.

The sheep had a tough summer of avoiding almost all areas of the field that was now infested with these harmful plants. And harmful they were (I got a couple needles stuck in my feet over a while).

Like the last summer, the plants gave out seeds in extraordinary amounts (another marvel of evolution), but this time the plant was timed by about a hundred. Our yard was overflowing with white fluff. It was everywhere I looked, finding a home for next year.

Now that it’s almost summer, our thistles are starting to come back. I wonder how many blooms we’ll get out of a hundred plant’s seeds.