And the green grass grew all around


 

Summer is officially here. With the heat and sun, our seeded pastures are, for the most part, growing well.

 

Seeded Fields Growing Well  Freshly Seeded Fields   

We’re still low on grass though, which means Paul’s pasture math is really critical. We’re also finding ourselves needing to temporarily fence small parts of pasture in order to make sure the two herds — the yearlings and the cow-calf herd — have enough to eat and to grow.

Here our friend Cory, who came up for a weekend to roll up his sleeves and lend a hand, and Paul are tightening a new fenceline by putting tension on the wire.

Tightening electric fence

This day consisted of harvesting t-posts from old, useless fence lines and pounding them along a new fence line, a foot or so away.

 Harvesting T-Posts 

adding insulators,

 Insulated T-post 

and pulling the wire along the new fence line, with the help of a cart and quad. (We’re all grateful that we held off on trying to quickly selling the quad that we had to buy with the farm. It’s definitely not how we want to get around the farm longer term — we are dedicated to our farm bicycles — but it’s definitely speeding up work during this hectic first season).

It’s strenuous work, and at this point, we’re only about 10% done the fencing that needs to get done, but it’s definitely a scenic work place.

 Germinating Pastures 

We’re also working on getting all the barbed wire and page wire out of the pastures, by creating different reels for easier removal.

   Old Fencing taken down

And we’re using some of the page wire as trellis for our lentils and peas. (Also, the garden is starting to look like one!)

 Potatoes

We don’t really have the time to stay entirely on top of the potato beetles and weeding, but the plants are doing well for the most part.

   Plants in Garden

And in other news, we’ve added four laying hens to our farm ménagerie. We built a mobile coop (also called a chicken tractor) for them, and like the cows, they get fresh pasture (for their pecking and bug eating pleasure) daily. They share our dairy cow’s pasture and the calf is really very entertained.

Grazing Laying Hens