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June 2, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
1. Fresh mint from my garden, added to a cool lime drink. 2. Blooming irises. 3. Sitting in the yard with a stack of magazines or good book. 4. Watching one of my kids mow the lawn (Nowlan, this time). 5. Fresh asparagus from my garden. 6...see all
May 30, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I planted potatoes on Easter weekend and they are growing well. This week I hilled them and then covered them with straw. The red potatoes are already starting to bloom. I will leave them in the ground until late July when I will dig them all,...see all
May 27, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Every evening we call the sheep into the barnyard and lock the gate so coyotes don't kill them overnight. Most of the animals come running (we give them a bit of alfalfa). See how fast they run here: all
May 22, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I'm on the north shore of our 3-acre pond. It's lovely this year, with no signs of drought. A goose made a nest on the south side. I scared her off when I walked by. I'm afraid the babies will be eaten quickly by the fox that walks through our...see all
May 20, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
We sent the sheep to pasture this week, but not before a rainbow touched down behind the barn. In preparation for the foray into grass we vaccinate and worm every animal. Caroline arrived home from college just in time to help. Literally, the...see all
May 14, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
This invasive weed is wild mustard (sinapis arvensis), not leafy spurge. I brought a few samples to the office and research showed it to be wild mustard. Bob was right all along. It's not great news, however, as the weed has taken over both alfalfa...see all
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