(blog post written by Jason tonight; as always picture captions by Melissa)
Melissa and I are in the rare spring-time position of actually being relatively caught up with our farm chores this weekend. But all was not sloth around here as we took advantage of the excellent weather to move the horses around to take advantage of grass in other areas and do a little very timely area spraying in some of the pastures. The way horses move and graze are incredibly hard on pastures, and while I tend to think herbicides are over-used I haven’t yet figured out how to eliminate their use entirely and still maintain reasonably productive pastures. Hand hoeing or even spot spraying 290 acres (Jason is including the total acreage of both farms in this number!) of pasture ground just isn’t realistic.
In addition to spraying, we also did some serious tidying up around one of the outbuildings. This particular spot tends toward being the junk camp of the farm; not any more! We loaded old wire, tires, twine, etc into the 24 foot stock trailer and hauled the whole mess off to the dump!
Next on the list is servicing the hay equipment and the bush hog, none of which should see actual work for another couple of weeks. Melissa has now bathed every horse on the farm with the exception of four – and they are on the list for tomorrow! I’m interested in hearing what ya’ll did this weekend ?
Teddy, Lightening, Lucky, Chili and Clay (O’Reilly is mostly obscured in the background). See the redbud in the background? Jason loves the fact that they grow wild here.
Lily and Buffy
Winston and Sebastian