Friday, March 2, 2012
Sunday, November 7, 2010
|After a few frosts the persimmons taste great. Not sure what I'm going to do with all these things. I hear you can make beer with them, maybe I'll give that a shot. |
|The barley is doing really well. The rains have been great and a good stand has been established. Now if I can keep the deer out of it, I might be able to malt our first crop early next summer.|
Monday, October 18, 2010
A new fence was needed to separate the horses from the power company's substation in a new/old pasture. No rain makes dry ground, not fun when building a new fence. This made for slow progress, and since we all have regular jobs construction is at a halt until next weekend. Hopefully we will get some rain in the meantime that will soften up the ground.
Barley is doing great considering the lack of rain.
|Long walk up the hill at the end of the day.|
|Broke a pin on the auger.|
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The barley has sprouted, surprising considering there has been zero rain since the seeds were sown. Looks like we should get some rain at the end of the week. Hopefully the barley will establish itself well before heading into late fall and winter. I've been working on clearing an old grapevine that my grandfather planted many many years ago. Wild weeds, trees, and brush had engulfed the vines and taken the grape yield down to nothing. I'm looking for a used turning plow. (If anybody knows where I can get a good deal on one, let me know.) I'm also in the process of tuning up the old chainsaw. I've got a lot of brush and trees to clear, and the saw is not running at its full potential.
|Before picture of the grape vine. Do you see it?|
|After picture of the grapevine. I will have to replace some of the posts and the wire to support the vines.|
|My daughter got her first ride on a horse. She was a natural and loved it, thats me on the left.|
Monday, October 4, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Work is picking up around the farm. We have had much interest about our future hops crop from North Carolina brewers. The ground for the barley test plot will be prepared soon, and clearing of unwanted trees and shrubs is constantly ongoing.
|Site of future Barley Test plot.|
|Brush Pile -- which will soon triple in size.|