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Summer in Maine Off to a Great Start

CarmenHi. Welcome to the Homeland Farm blog. It is shaping up to be a great summer here in Maine.

We had beautiful weather during May, which has jumped our hay quite a bit. We currently have 4 horses, and end up haying about 40 acres of mixed hay, mostly Timothy. Cliff has been busy since he returned from Nevada, hardly stopping to rest.

We have managed to get the garden all planted, and the flowers set out. Cliff has repaired the haying equipment, and we all just had a hand in painting the baler and hay rake. They look pretty spiffy with a new coat of paint.

New paint on the machinery

I have just finished my spring housecleaning in time for a MASSIVE influx of Pine tree pollen … oh yay. My entire house has a nice green layer of greenish-yellow pollen on every surface. Time to get started cleaning again (insert heavy sigh here). We still need to do a lot of fencing and need to restack last years remaining hay in the back of the barn to use first in the fall. My daughter is moving home from Florida for the summer, and I feel certain this is a job she would NOT want to miss out on, so we will anxiously await her arrival next week.

Getting the garden in

The hens are laying great, for 2 year old birds. They took the winter off entirely, so they should be very well rested. I know you can use lights in the winter to increase pro-duction, but we don't. As the old saying goes, what’s a hen’s time worth anyway?

Chickens

The garden is in and looks great. Let’s see if we can keep ahead of the weeds … always a challenge. Every year I can tomatoes, pickles (if the cukes do anything), and make jams and jelly. We make homemade rootbeer, and need to get that first batch underway. Ever had a homemade rootbeer? Ice cold? Oh myyyy … it is So much better then anything you can buy. Have to get on that soon. I know my daughter doesn’t want to miss out on that either … better wait for her. (I know what you’re thinking – she is gonna be one busy gal – and you’re raight!) We have four horses that need attention. She sent me a note on Facebook saying that "everyone needs worming when she gets home." I said I would hold Cliff by the tail while she does it!

Horses in the corral

We are still awaiting the date for our segment on My Ghost Stories to be sent to us. They said they will email it to us before the date so we will be sure to watch. I did a blogradio show the other night about our adventures here at the farm, paranormally speaking, and the host asked me if any activity had ever occurred in the kitchen. I said none that I was aware of. Two days later, we woke up and every cupboard door in the kitchen was WIDE OPEN … all of them. We didn’t do it. Question is …who did??

The farm on a summer day

That’s it from Homeland Farm today. Got some serious dusting to do. Have a great week!

nebraska dave
7/10/2010 10:45:49 PM

@Carmen, I’m guessing that none of those paranormal ghosty things ever do any work around the place to pay for there room and board. I’ve never seen such a good looking old baler. Not many use that kind of baler here in Nebraska. They all use the huge round bales that take a tractor with a front end loader and special prong attachment to move. Quite frankly I think the smaller bales are still the best. Of course that’s because it’s what I remember from early days farming. I’ve seen that pine pollen stuff on the lakes when fishing in Minnesota. It gets every where. My condolences for having to endure the stuff every year go out to you. We don’t have a lot of pine trees so we don’t have that problem here in Nebraska. However, the Cottonwood and Mulberry trees are the pesky trees here. I consider both to be obnoxious weeds even though the state tree here is the Cottonwood. I have my eye on the first cucumber and it’s going to be picked in three more days. It’s a give away to a friend of mine so I want it to be nice and fresh. There are some green tomatoes the size of baseballs but none are turning red yet. The potato vines are starting to dry up so it won’t be long for the potatoes to come in. So far it’s been a great garden year even with all the rain we have had.