I guess we’re never satisfied. Although the rain is great for our gardens, it sure makes it tough to finish up making hay. Will finally saw three clear days in the forecast and cut another farm’s fields. Yep, the next day it was cloudy and it did rain a bit — not much though. So when it got nice yesterday, he went over early and began raking the field. The hay was dry and nice, despite being rained on. In the afternoon, he started baling it. Pretty soon, he showed up at home with the Ford tractor and a broken drive chain and sprocket from the round baler. Of course no parts were available locally, so he had to call the Surplus Center and order the parts. Hopefully they’ll be here in a few days and hopefully it won’t rain much.
Today he brought the baler home to work on it and because there was a partial bale in it, he drove it down to the cow corral to give it to them so it didn’t get moldy in the baler. But when he opened the door, he couldn’t get the bale out — too heavy. And no drive chain to move the floor chains to dump it. So he parked it down there, put the safety latches on the cylinders so the door couldn’t fall shut and kill cows, and left it as sort of a bale feeder for today.
While Will was doing all of that, my friends, Dara and Leslie came over again and helped weed the bean rows in the Central garden. The rows are about 50 feet long and full of both beans and weeds. We got them mostly weeded, having to leave some pigweed in the rows which had semi-runner beans. The beans had twined around the weeds and it would do too much damage to remove them. Leslie and Dara both took home sacks of Providers to can up and some eggs from our new pullets which are now laying pretty nicely. Today I went out and picked a basket of Strike beans. Boy, those are really nice. I read a University study that showed them to produce more than Provider, my old standby. I believe it, although I’ll never give up my Providers as they surely do provide — all season too. I also canned up four pints of Crawford pole beans and they turned out very nice. I’ll sure do a whole lot more when I’m assured of plenty of seed beans.
Good news! We’ve been seeing another young wild turkey hen. So Mama Turkey had more than one daughter! Mama was back briefly a week ago, with no babies or young. I’m not sure what that was about. Maybe she just wanted another breeding and nest? A friend, living about five miles away, let me know she also saw a wild turkey across the road from her place. That one was a male. So we’re having more sightings around here and that’s exciting.
My daylilies and other lilies are blooming up a storm. Some of the fancy lilies are simply stunning. I’ve got one tree lily (trumpet x oriental cross) that has a flower over a foot in width! And to make it better, it is also very fragrant. — Jackie