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May 12, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Two years ago, a pretty yellow plant infested one of our alfalfa fields. We called it mustard, but it wasn't mustard. The sheep refused to eat any part of it. We dug up that field last fall and planted a cover crop of turnips and radishes, and then...see all
May 8, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
The tulips I planted last fall have finally bloomed! Well, at least a few of them have bloomed. The majority either didn't come up or only have green leaves, no flower. I posted this on the Living the Country Life Facebook page and many readers...see all
May 5, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob's dad moved to a retirement community this spring and sold the acreage where he raised his family. These moves are always difficult, both emotionally and physically. The big house and garage had lots of "stuff" to haul, and then there were the...see all
April 29, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Everything at our place is growing lickety split now -- the lambs, the oats, and the garden. I'm harvesting asparagus each night. The potato plants have popped out of the ground. The tulips are almost ready to bloom. We are getting much needed rain...see all
April 24, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
My oldest, Nowlan, and his wife, Daniella, are visiting this week, so we put them to work. Besides barn chores, the kids are helping to clean Grandpa's acreage. Baby lambs, bonfires, visits with friends, good conversation -- a nice spring vacation...see all
April 21, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
At midnight last night, as Bob was doing c-section surgery on the fourth ewe this month with Warren's assist, we all decided the lambing season for 2014 was a bit of a bust. We had a rash of ewes that were "non-dilators," meaning their cervix never...see all
April 18, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
We captured some nice video last night, mainly by chance. David Ekstrom, a video producer for Living the Country Life and Successful Farming, came down to our farm to take video of our lambs. Two of the final six ewes yet to give birth decided to go...see all
April 15, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
We had torrents of rain over the weekend, but not before Bob sowed the oats (cultivated, not wild) and tilled my garden. YAY. We needed the rain. I planted carrots, endive, and spinach. (It might be too early for spinach.) This weekend I am planting...see all
April 10, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
When I got home from work last night, my husband, Bob, and son, Warren, were heading to the barn with grim expressions. A ewe was down behind the barn. She was hugely pregnant and lying on her side, moaning and straining. This was no normal labor. I...see all
April 8, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
The work around our small farm this time of year may look nasty and smell nasty, but it's all good. Actually, I was standing on the top of the compost pile to take some of the photos and the smell was mild. Once that stuff cooks for a year it's no...see all