Goings On

There’s a whole lot of everything going on these midsummer days so it’s hard to focus on any one thing happening.

Livestock work continues apace as garden work transitions from planting and weeding to harvesting.  AJ and Harry brought in a few wagon loads of garlic.  Now that they are both big enough to drive the riding lawn mower they are becoming mechanized farmers, taking turns driving out to the far garden with the lawn cart in tow.  Rachel has been freezing blueberries we picked at Ingall’s Blueberry Hill.  Just two weeks ago she was bringing back handfuls of produce from the garden; now it comes back in armfuls.  In a few weeks armfuls will be superseded by truckfuls (yes, that’s the correct spelling) and we’ll be engaged in a marathon of canning, pickling, freezing, and drying (and eating, too).

Canning Tomatoes
Our neighbors over at Shults Farm brought over a couple cases of cull tomatoes for canning.  Should be about 25 quarts once we’re finished.

Another ongoing summer project is splitting this winter’s firewood.  I try to get some of my firewood cut early so it has a chance to season, but I rarely keep ahead of firewood splitting.  I never lack for wood, just time.  My goal for this summer is to devote a few hours each week to it so it doesn’t become an overwhelming project.  We’ll see how long I can keep up my resolve…

Chicken eating ants
Some of the firewood logs were full of ant larvae.  Once the chickens discovered the abundant food source, they made themselves obnoxious by getting underfoot as I chopped.  I warned them about the respect that chickens should have for a man wielding an axe near a chopping block, but they paid me no heed.
Firewood Rack
I have a few cages from broken IBC totes that I’m repurposing for firewood racks.  Each one only holds about a quarter cord, so I don’t have enough for all my firewood needs.  I’d like to reduce the amount of handling we do, directly stacking split wood into the cage and then leaving it to season in place.  This allows me to forklift an entire cage into the woodshed as needed.

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