A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SMALL TIME FARMER

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SMALL TIME FARMER

5:30 A.M. The alarm clock goes off. Boy was that a weird dream. She’s got to get up soon. I’ll make the coffee and pack her lunch.

7: A.M. Those animals need breakfast.

8:37 A.M. How did that animal get out. I’ll need help in catching it. Somehow you think these animals are stupid… but sooner or later, they figure out an escape route. The grass is always greener, huh?

10:44 A.M. Damn snails. Putting holes in those beautiful Swiss Chard leaves. Got to go on snail patrol tonight. But if I do it now the chickens will be thrilled with this protein snack.

11:30 A.M. How did this ground get so dry? Got to water this section. Steve Musick says you should water about 3:30 or 4 P.M. So the water has a chance to sink down and not evaporate in the hot sun. It will save watering time. But I say, water when you see it’s dry. And mulch.

Noon: No time for lunch. Need to pull weeds to feed the rabbits and chickens. I love most weeds. Full of vitamins for the animals. Also, harvest the damaged leaves of the chard, lettuce, bok choy to feed the animals. They don’t seem to mind like the two-legged customers.

2:15 P.M. Note to self, don’t plant the pumpkins, squash and gourds so close to each other… they cross bred too easily.

4 P.M. Is it time to flip the compost pile? Oh why not. After all, compost is the future.

6:14 P.M. Do worms eat wood? Apparently so. I surrounded some of the garden beds with logs. I learned from another grower, that it seems that logs place around garden beds keeps wild rabbits from hopping over to eat the crop. So I did it too. I was also thinking that wood rots. And rotting wood would be a slow version of composting the soil. I turned over a log to discover an earth worm half way in a tiny hole in the wood. Good job wormy baby. Chomp away.

Paul Harvey – So God Made A Farmer