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Summer on a Small Farm

June 26, 2017

This is the summer of the Big Mow for us. Besides the lawn (small potatoes), we have alfalfa, grass hay, and, new this year, 200 acres of conservation wetlands to mow. Bob mowed weeds on that ground yesterday for 11 hours and still has 40 acres to go. When you are establishing prairie grass and forbs you must knock down the weeds the first year. 

The wetlands Bob is mowing goes back to the tree line and on out to the east, west, and north.

Luckily, we have help with some of the mowing.

When mowing next to the pond, don't get too close. This could have been a deadly rollover. 

Second cutting of alfalfa was light. We had little rain in June.

Here's a "weed" we don't mow anymore. Milkweed attracts butterflies and bees. I used to pull it from my asparagus bed, but now I let it go. Next year, however, I will pull a few of them, because my asparagus is being overrun.

Bob's bottle lambs are growing like weeds.

Dad's black raspberries. 


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