Red Dirt Farm

Small Farm Living Photos and Stories

Gardening. Spring.

 

Through the smudgy window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have forgiveness in my heart for Mrs. Squirrel trampling my tulips as she has babies on board.

Oh great, just what we need more squirrels running amuck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh my gosh all the highs and lows all in one week.  We are all there aren’t we?

Good neighbors.

We appreciate having them, and especially during these difficult times.

Mr. Red Dirt did some work for our neighbor, and in exchange, the neighbor came up with his tractor tiller and tilled up garden space for us.

We then took him and his tractor over to our other neighbor and had him till up garden space for her.

She and I did some bartering.

She didn’t have seeds and I did, but she had fresh spinach and beets.  We made our exchange and both felt pretty happy about the outcome.

The fresh spinach was cooked into chicken soup that night, and the remainder stir-fried with onions the following night.  Tonight I will roast the beets and top with feta and crumbled pecans.

The wildflower pollinator meadow has been seeded.  It took me two days to do this one section.

I used several buckets of seeds, a board and my feet as the planting method, as recommended by American Meadows.

Scatter the seeds on freshly tilled soil, take the board and lay it over the seeds and walk back and forth on the board, pressing the seeds into the soil.

  Repeat, many many many times.

Mr. Red dirt planted potatoes, yellow squash, butternut squash, and cucumbers.

The next day he tilled up another area and started planting corn.

Later next week I hope to get the tomatoes and peppers in that I started back in March.

We are so fortunate to have our land to work and produce food for us, this has been our lifestyle for a long time. Sometimes we are tired and it feels ridiculously hard.  However, we are so appreciative that we can continue to do so, especially now.

I’ve planted dahlias, glads and liatris.   A million and one different sunflower seeds have been planted on just about every surface I could cover.

My vision – flowers everywhere with bees buzzing and butterflies fluttering, hummingbirds whizzing by.

Spring.

She arrived a bit early or perhaps blurred the lines a wee bit as winter wasn’t so much.

Heavy winds, thunder and rain.   High temps, and then dropping temps had me scrambling to cover tender vegetation.  Later tonight we are expecting more storms.

 

Take your time looking at the Coral honeysuckle, for there you will find the first hummingbirds of this season.

 

There is so much talk about putting in a Victory garden and raising your own chickens.  Hmm.

 

The girls have been in lockdown so much these past few weeks with relentless fox attacks, he got two of the girls last week.

  I hate that.

  I really hate that.

Two other girls have gone broody and so the countdown to chicks has begun.

My mind hasn’t been in the place to do much painting this week. Perhaps next week.

  The gardens have been my refuge.

The lilacs are a bit lackluster this year, it wasn’t cold enough for them this winter.  Same with Grammom’s peonies, no matter we enjoy them even if they are sparse.

Boo dog, had another set back this week and scared us just as we were pleased at the progress he had made after his first seizure. He was back to falling down and when he did walk it was in circles.  He is upright today and eating chicken noodle soup that I make especially for him.  He gets sick to his stomach from being dizzy and then does not want to eat.  Just one day at a time.

I hope your place of refuge feels safe and that you can find comfort and look to the future whatever it may be in a positive way.

Some days that is so hard.

We are safe at home.  Missing people and places and experiences.  But we are safe.

Easter Greetings to all.

Home – the nicest word there is. – Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Until next time,

xo kim

13 thoughts on “Red Dirt Farm at Home in the Garden

  1. D. A. Squires says:

    This was the best Easter basket of all… I will revisit many times to linger on each photo…you brought Spring to me!! Thank you, Kim, and Happy Easter to everyone at Red Dirt Farm…xo Debbie

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    1. Bless you Debbi – thank you for appreciating the little things. Be well. xo kim

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  2. D. A. Squires says:

    And prayers for Boo… I was thinking this but sent too quickly… xo

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    1. Sometimes my trigger finger gets me too. That and spellcheck 😦

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  3. Linda Schaub says:

    Happy Easter Kim – this post was like a breath of fresh air, especially the video … such peace and tranquility. Thanks for showing us Boo dog – again, I’m sorry for his recent setbacks. I’m sorry for the chickens as well … losses of every kind continue to pummel you. You are getting grief from all angles and for people and feathered friends alike. Bartering works – more power to you. Dinner looks good and I was happy to see you’d painted from the paintings and paints in the one photo, but sorry to see you’d not really had time to take a deep breath and really get back into it. Spring came early and once you’ve got everything in place, then you can take a breather. I’m glad you have soldiered on with your blog despite being hampered by life … keep the photos and words coming Kim. I follow your blog in Reader and here in my e-mail, so I am more prompt than unusual as I was in my e-mail when it arrived. Love the vintage Easter ornaments too, or perhaps they just look vintage. Blessings to you and the Red Dirt Farm inhabitants.

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    1. Happy Easter Linda – I’m a bit behind reading too. I have to keep getting back up, just like everyone else, some days are a little slower than others. I continue to have so many problems with WordPress, or my computer has been hacked or I’m completely clueless, not sure which. Half the time I can’t comment even on my own posts, and can’t get logged in. it makes me crazy. I don’t use Reader, I do rely on emails, but I think my emails have been hacked and I’m not always getting or sending – good grief all this technology. Be well and safe. xo kim – hugs from a distance to Parker and the gang.

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      1. Linda Schaub says:

        Well I “liked” this, but that wasn’t too cheery to hear your tech problems Kim. I’m sorry I went to the block editor if this is the reason for the problems. They exasperate me, even though I know there are far more pressing issues in the world right now … I figure my blog, like yours, and so many others’, is a labor of love, so not sharing a post you spend a lot of time on is a disappointment. I routinely make comments that go to people’s SPAM filter for no reason and they’re not anything that should be going there. WP is wonky – hope they figure it all out. I will share hugs with Parker as well as you – take care Kim! ❤

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  4. Linda Schaub says:

    Now I am in Reader and scrolling from current to old to see how far behind I am, and I saw this post. Now I recall I wanted to mention two things and when I read your text portion of the post I forgot. So I am going to mention it now. I loved the photos of the bluebird on the teacup with the mealworms in the saucer and I thought that was either Mr. or Mrs. Nutty, only to learn it was a different squirrel – she is very cute and love the expressions on her face as she is in the flowers. Don’t you get a smile sometimes when you get the photos onto the screen and see a squirrel has a grin on its face and you didn’t notice it, or some other critter antic that you didn’t see while you took the photo?

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    1. Yes, to seeing the smiles and other details that you don’t see first time around! LOVE the cookies you made – I couldn’t comment on your post – AGAIN! GRR I have always loved my wordpress, until recently. Oh and the bluebirds on the teacup – I loose hours watching them… 0 but hey the little things are so important xo k

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      1. Linda Schaub says:

        I was bummed the first time when I couldn’t get it done and knew I had to get out there again. I was happy to see them pick up a cookie in their paws and the “smile” – yes, they know they have a treat they can sink their teeth into.

        I got so exasperated the other day with WordPress, especially when they e-mailed me a screenshot of it there. Great – but no, I tried three browsers – it did not land there for 18 hours – grrr.

        The bluebird was in his glory and that teacup looks so fragile, yet he balances on it. I could while away many hours watching the birds and get an extra big smile on my face when they take a bath – you know they are happy as they splash away.

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  5. Debra says:

    So sorry about the chickens taken by the fox, and Boo having health problems. I can see why your gardens are your balm-especially now. They are lovely though . We are way behind you for warmth. My peonies are only 4 inches high now. Our lilacs are tight in tiny leaf and bud. My Sam goose ;aid a beautiful egg for Easter. She is eating corn like a machine! We weed together, and I pick tender greens for her.
    It’s a sweet visit, to come to Red Dirt Farm. Thank you for this post. Stay well.

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    1. Oh Debra – I love hearing about Sam – it makes me want to paint… Thank you for visiting. Be safe and well my friend. xo kim

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  6. Christel says:

    Hi! I’m back on the blog and had to head right over to Red Dirt Farm and get you on board! Thank you so much for these lovely photos!! Xo

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