Preparation is the Key! and Hannah’s Irish Soda Bread

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.

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Japanese Zen Snow Garden in Iowa and Oatmeal Meatballs

Japanese Zen Snow Garden

Snow in the winter. It’s a given in Iowa. It can start as early as October and can last until April. Snow days are built into the school calendar and four-wheel drive in your car or truck is a good thing to have. There were times when my husband had to drive ahead of my car with a tractor to blast a path through snow drifts in order for me to make my 28 mile drive to school. Here’s a photo I took on January 29 of my dear husband digging an unsuspecting driver out of a 4 foot high snow drift that developed in 3 hours in front of our house! Winter can be scary stuff when you live in the middle of nowhere!

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