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Friday, March 8, 2013

Farm Friday: Farm-ily Planning

It's that time of year again.

T minus twelve days till the vernal equinox.

Time to let my overactive gardening and farming ambitions get the better of me.

Let the delusional planning begin.

Where I had my pumpkins last year? I want to put in cucumbers.

The kids eat 'em like candy as soon as they come in, and we never seem to have enough.

All along the whole long stone wall? I want to try pumpkins again. They'll get more sunlight there, and I'm hoping that will mean the difference.

As in, maybe we'll actually get a few.

And I'll put sweet potatoes in the secret garden.

Termaters and peppers and herbs and scallions and assorted yumminies in the actual vegetable garden.

And I haven't even gotten started on the animals.

I'm gonna get 50 cornish-rock chickens to split with my friend Theresa.

Since I'm ordering poultry anyway, I'll probably throw in a few more layers. And I've always wanted a few ducks, maybe I'll get me some runners. Should I get a turkey or two?

And there's the building projects.

I want to make a hay feeder to keep in the upper field, and maybe a chicken tractor for the meat birds, and I want to build a little pen to keep a few hens in the garden to till it up some before I plant stuff.

And do I maybe want to get a pig?

Or a cow?

If I do, I'll need to make a few updates to my fencing and gates.

On a smaller scale, maybe I'll get a buck for my Alice and start breeding Flemish Giants.  They're so cool.

Time to wake up.

Wake up to reality. 

Chicken coop?  Not finished.  Not even clean.

The barn is a wreck.  A tangle of wood scraps and cobwebby chicken wire and knotted baling twine and busted palates and empty feed bags.

You could say just about the same for my house.

Finding time for more projects? Two of my three horse aren't even broke to ride.

My dog's claws look like something out of Guinness.

And I just started back to work!

The only talk of vegetables should be what's on sale at the store.

The only talk of critters should be whose turn it is to clean up the dog poop and bring in the eggs.

Someone please hit me over the head with a shovel.

Just not one of my shovels from the barn.

I've been meaning to clean that.....


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  1. You and I most definitely have much in common, even the delusions!

  2. There's always something to do, isn't there? I'm right there with you. We have some major work to do in the coop before we get the new chicks. And the fence in the pig pen needs to practically be overhauled if we plan on the pigs actually staying in the pen.
    I can't wait to get those seeds in the garden, though. I love, love, love working in the garden!
    Good luck getting everything done, both what you need to do and what you want to do.

  3. We must be leading parallel lives! I get so overwhelmed by the spring to-do list. I'm actually happy we've got almost a foot of snow forecast for the weekend. I can close my eyes on the couch and dream the projects are all already finished!

  4. Oooh I love flemish giants---they ARE so cool! Good luck with all your plans, I'm sure you'll get it all under control just at the right time!

    Thank you for sharing at the Farm Girl Blog Fest this week! We hope to see you again next week!

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

  5. Oh gosh I am the same way. Not nearly enough time for the many, many plans I come up with.

  6. Funny how plans get out of control :) Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you this Sunday at:

  7. I have some delusional planning to do as well! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Greens!

  8. I am not alone! Delusional planners, unite!



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