Summer in Maine Off to a Great Start


CarmenHi. Welcome to the Homeland Farm blog. It is shaping up to be a great summer here in Maine.

We had beautiful weather during May, which has jumped our hay quite a bit. We currently have 4 horses, and end up haying about 40 acres of mixed hay, mostly Timothy. Cliff has been busy since he returned from Nevada, hardly stopping to rest.

We have managed to get the garden all planted, and the flowers set out. Cliff has repaired the haying equipment, and we all just had a hand in painting the baler and hay rake. They look pretty spiffy with a new coat of paint.

New paint on the machinery

I have just finished my spring housecleaning in time for a MASSIVE influx of Pine tree pollen … oh yay. My entire house has a nice green layer of greenish-yellow pollen on every surface. Time to get started cleaning again (insert heavy sigh here). We still need to do a lot of fencing and need to restack last years remaining hay in the back of the barn to use first in the fall. My daughter is moving home from Florida for the summer, and I feel certain this is a job she would NOT want to miss out on, so we will anxiously await her arrival next week.

Getting the garden in

Nebraska Dave
7/10/2010 10:45:49 PM

@Carmen, I’m guessing that none of those paranormal ghosty things ever do any work around the place to pay for there room and board. I’ve never seen such a good looking old baler. Not many use that kind of baler here in Nebraska. They all use the huge round bales that take a tractor with a front end loader and special prong attachment to move. Quite frankly I think the smaller bales are still the best. Of course that’s because it’s what I remember from early days farming. I’ve seen that pine pollen stuff on the lakes when fishing in Minnesota. It gets every where. My condolences for having to endure the stuff every year go out to you. We don’t have a lot of pine trees so we don’t have that problem here in Nebraska. However, the Cottonwood and Mulberry trees are the pesky trees here. I consider both to be obnoxious weeds even though the state tree here is the Cottonwood. I have my eye on the first cucumber and it’s going to be picked in three more days. It’s a give away to a friend of mine so I want it to be nice and fresh. There are some green tomatoes the size of baseballs but none are turning red yet. The potato vines are starting to dry up so it won’t be long for the potatoes to come in. So far it’s been a great garden year even with all the rain we have had.

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