It finally feels like spring has sprung here on the farm. I have been stuck in the office way too much the past few days but am planning on getting out on the tractor in the early in the afternoon.
Catching up from last major entry, last week we did finish up planting all of the perimeter buffer trees that we are going to this spring. We still have 100 four year old bare root Austrian Pine trees that we need to deal with. After school, our youngest daughter has been working on getting them potted up and added to our tree nursery. We will then keep them watered and growing through the summer with the plan of planting them late this fall when the rainy season starts again. Every day is Arbor Day here. That forestry science class that I took in high school all those decades ago was worth it (thanks Mr. Hicks!).
Part of routine maintenance here, although not particularly necessary for function, is keeping the perimeter fence lines mowed. Because we are Certified Naturally Grown and use no herbicides, and since the perimeter of the farm is roughly a mile, equipment is important to accomplish the task. Well, with the exception of the road frontage, the back parts of the farm have not been mowed since last fall.
With the hay growing like crazy, the grass was way too high for the riding mower and I didn’t want to take the tiller off the tractor to put the mower deck on so I got out the old standby – the vintage 1994 DR Brush Mower.
I checked the oil, did a quick visual inspection (the belt was trashed but I hoped it would hold out), fueled it up, and headed out. About 45 minutes later, I had made it to literally the point on the farm that is farthest from the farmyard. And bam! Not the belt. The engine. Good thing I am in pretty good shape because I had to push that heavy thing, with skinny tires, across a lot of soggy ground to get back home. And as you probably guessed, a new mower is on the way and should be here in about another week.
Order Backlog – The order volume has dropped off to a point where we have no backlog and are able to mail them out within one to two days. This is natural for us. Seed sales are very cyclical. Most folks get their gardens planned out and seeds ordered in the winter and early spring. After that, we have a lull until it is time to plan the fall / winter gardens. That is o.k. though. This lull comes at the same time we need to get out and start planning out our own grow outs and preparing so we have things to offer you next year.
Availability Updates – I know that it is late in the season, but I did just update the inventory status of the following items: