Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tammy and Iris

Irises are one of the most spectacular and most short-lived springtime flowers. While daffodils linger–they have a long flowering season and each individual flower lasts a long time whether it’s on the plant or in a vase–irises explode into bloom … Continue reading

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No, That’s Not Bird Dookie!

Most of the fruit trees on the farm are coated with big white splatters, leading visitors to exclaim “What kind of birds do you have here?!”. Much to their relief (or sometimes disappointment), the white stuff all over the trees … Continue reading

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Spring means — Time to mow the grass!

Several years ago, we converted about 40 acres of our organic farm from row crops (mostly corn), to pasture. Now that means that as the grass starts growing in the spring, we need to mow, mow, mow. One of the … Continue reading

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Is Spring Here to Stay?

The official frost-free date for our part of Chatham County, NC isn’t until April 26, and we’re reminded of that fact yearly. While our friends in Chapel Hill (frost-free date, April 15) are happily setting plants out on Tax Day, … Continue reading

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Razzle Dazzle’s a Dud

Picture of Spinach Bolting – Razzle Dazzle Variety of Spinach Bolting (c)BH Photos I tried Razzle Dazzle spinach because the Harris Seed catalog copy convinced us to do it! However, Razzle Dazzle didn’t do all the great things it was … Continue reading

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Mouse Attack!

We’re in a constant battle against rodents here on the farm. Mice and rats do lots of damage to farm equipment and supplies as well as to crops. For instance, we’ve had growing seasons where rats eat a noticeable percentage … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds are back!

Today, we saw the hummingbird appear at the feeder for the first time this year. He did appear few days earlier to remind us to put out fresh sugar water in the feeder.

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Chard, Glorious Chard

Swiss chard is a vegetable that most people have yet to gain an appreciation for. I discovered it several years ago when I decided to grow “Bright Lights” chard for its ornamental value. Bright Lights is a variety of Swiss … Continue reading

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Bale Jumping

The other day, we had a load of round hay bales delivered. Our poodle, Lucy, quickly discovered she loves to jump and climb all over them. She’s quite athletic and can leap from one to the other even when they … Continue reading

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Things Are Going A-Rye

The rye I planted as a cover crop last fall is really starting to get tall. In fact, it’s really time for me to mow it before it becomes tough, stemmy and unmowable. But things haven’t gone awry (a-rye!) yet: … Continue reading

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