We move Maisy into a new paddock every couple days. She eats everything in her smallish area and drops “gifts” in a fairly intense manner. This has a multifold purpose. She eats the top 1/3- 1/2 of all the greens~ not just the choice ones, and she deposits fertilizer throughout. Then we move her to the next, adjacent spot. She’s happy, fat and sassy and does the fertilizing and (some) weed eradication (well, not quite eradication. More like “keeping the bad weeds in check until I can get out there and take care of the weed myself”) for us: win-win!DSC02237

She’s put on some weight and finally shed out her winter coat. The lush pastures and free choice minerals will do the job of getting her back in shape~ sweet thing.

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We spent a good bit of time yesterday tilling, spreading compost and fertilizing the tomato area. Then we laid down the landscape fabric and placed the tomatoes. In all the years I have lived in this house, I have never once gotten a  large, ripe, tomato. We’ve gotten lots of cherry toms, but never one larger than a small Roma. Every fall as I’m pulling out failed tomato vines, I promise myself that I’m not going to waste the space to try and grow tomatoes EVER AGAIN! But here we are.

30 tomato plants this year. All cherries.

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Sorry this pic is so dark. It was about 2130 (9:30 pm) when we got done.  

Several flowers are juuuuust on the verge of bloom.

It’s a race to see which will be the first bloom of the 2018 season.

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Kansas peony (the peonies are a huge tease~ they seem like they will burst into bloom at any second. And those seconds turn into weeks.)

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Pastel Italian Ranunculus

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Prince Calendula

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Rocket snapdragon (Volunteer. The ones that I planted out in April are a week or so behind)

I am on the edge of my seat with anticipation!

Stay tuned!

 

Today’s count: 18 eggs

What’s for supper: IDK yet. Maybe grilled chicken thighs. Daniel has a baseball game at 1700 (5:00 pm) so I’m not sure.

Weather: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph. Tonight partly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

3 thoughts

  1. We got snapdragons too. I would never plant them. I dislike their susceptibility to rust. They look so bad when I plant them. However, the self sown snapdragons are doing quite well. They are from those that someone else planted last year.

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      • Oh yes, it is a nasty fungi. It did not bother the snapdragons, but for some reason, took out the English daisies. I had just written about English daisy, and read how they are susceptible to rush, but did not think much of it because I had never seen it get too bad before. Just a few days later I saw it get bad! It is so odd that the English daisies, which are normally tolerant of rust, did so badly with it, while the very susceptible snapdragons are still doing reasonably well.

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