Planting in last year’s bean field doesn’t take as much preparation as planting in last year’s cornfield. Bean fields don’t have as much trash as a cornfield, as bean plants aren’t as big or as tough as a corn plant. They are less than half the size and don’t have as large of a leaf structure as a corn plant. Less stuff creates less work!
Why I Cook at Home
I was cleaning out my youngest daughter’s room, and waded through her elementary school box, finally organizing items chronologically. I found an essay she wrote in first grade.
Being replaced by technology or someone who is younger is difficult. Here’s an essay/poem by Lila that gives insight. Ralph and his horses transcend.
Ralph The Drayman
Ralph Townsend had big Belgian horses.
Broad, brown and smooth.
He kept them in a barn in town,
And hitched them up to a wagon.
Decades ago I impulsively went to a garage sale at a house I drove by on my way to the grocery store twelve miles away. I was looking over the items on a table in the driveway. A man sauntered up to me. He had on a tight-fitting shirt unbuttoned to the middle of his chest. He wore diamond rings on each of his fingers and had gold chains displayed around his neck. He checked his gold watch for the time.
Preparing Machinery for Planting
There are several pieces of equipment we use to put in the crop. For planting corn, we use a 9-shank John Deere chisel plow (1996), a 28-foot John Deere soil finisher (1988) and a John Deere 4-row planter (1985). We use three different tractors; a John Deere 4755 (1992), a John Deere 4040 (1980) and a John Deere 4440 (1979).
Planting beans requires all the equipment listed except a 450 John Deere bean drill (2000) is used instead of the corn planter.
March is a good time to figure out the garden. It’s too cold and windy to do much else. There are several garden catalogs that arrive in the mail every winter. So much to choose from!
I spent many years
Trying to learn what is happiness?
Doing the Books
There are those who believe in leveraging. You know, using debt to asset ratio, leaning heavily on the debt more than the assets. There are others who believe in using a pencil to figure out if you can pay for things with the income you have. No matter what your outlook on small or large farm business, you have to maintain the books. Farm taxes are due before the end of February. Gotta get things in order.
Boil an Egg
Back in the day, if you wanted to say something unkind about the cooking skills of someone, you would say scornfully, “Why he/she doesn’t even know how to boil an egg!”
When I started cooking, I didn’t know how to boil an egg. This was before the internet. I had to look it up in a cookbook. Vintage.