Off to Kindergarten & Farm News


 

This was a big weekend for me. Not quite a month ago I tried a new method of seed starting called soil blocking. This method thus far has proved to work really well. You are able to crank out about 3x as many blocks as you can on a regular flat, there are no flats or trays to dispose of and they are easily transplanted. Today was the day that they left their warm safe home inside the house and went out into the big world. I really felt like I was sending them off for their first day of Kindergarten! They were quickly outgrowing their little micro-blocks and will be much happier with more room to spread their roots but I would be lying if I didn't say I don't have a bit of nerves putting the little guys out on their own. I'll have to get over that I guess. This season we are planting 29 beds that are 30 feet in length. Half of these beds will have the flowers started from soil blocks and the rest will be seeded directly into the ground. In just a few short months they will be cranking out oodles of blooms.

In other news around the farm we had our first calf of the year born. After 22 straight bull calves born, our last two births have been heifer calves. I suggested we name her April since she was born in the month of April but Koy promptly decided we should name her Faye after my gram who we lost last week. So welcome to the farm little Faye!

The animals are all shedding like crazy. Winnie is not a happy camper since she threw a shoe and is stall bound until the farrier comes on Wednesday. The pigs are fat, happy and growing faster than the flowers and Greg the calf had a trip on Saturday morning to get tagged and weighed for the fair in August. 4-H taught me a lot of self discipline and hard work and I am excited for Koy to experience that as well. He was a big help to me this weekend cleaning up the yard, spraying fertilizer and taking down our low tunnels from the winter. Mom pays him $5 an hour which is pretty good for an 8 year old. He's super willing to work especially when he wants a new lego set and I refuse to buy him anymore because he has way way way to many!