• Homestead,  Spirit

    Pick-up Sticks

    No, not the fun game where you try to pick up a stick without touching the other sticks in the bunch. Pick up sticks, literally.  That was today’s chore.  The snow is gone, the ground isn’t muddy, and this looks to be the last week of below freezing temps – so everything points toward TIME TO SEED!  Can you tell I’m excited?  I really want to get the seed down because something really odd happens where we go from freezing temps to really warm temps pretty quickly, and no matter how much planning I do, it seems like I just miss that narrow opening when it is best to seed.  This…

  • Homestead

    Pasture Soil Amendments

    Ellie is our 10 year old Thoroughbred – she is the dark brown one in this photo where she stands at the fence with her best friend.  She is a super smart mare, with an alpha personality.  We are preparing our pastures so that we can bring her home to our farm this Spring! We had our soil tested at Virginia Tech University, and the results showed that we needed 5 tons of lime per acre.  Wowwee that is a lot!  In September, we put down about 9,000 pounds of lime, which was about 1 ton per acre.  Not enough, but from the research I did, I thought it best to continue to add lime…