Thursday, August 16, 2012

Here's a brief pictorial lesson in horticulture.
Native plant is a term to describe plants endemic (indigenous) or naturalized to a given area in geologic time.  This includes plants that have developed, occur naturally, or existed for many years in an area.

This is a Muscodine growing in our front yard.  It is a variety of grape native to the southeast.

This is a Canadice growing next to the Muscodine in our front yard.  It is a table grape that is not native to our area.  

The two varieties were planted at the same time and have been treated in the same way.  We do not spray and we water only infrequently.  The Muscodine is thriving.  The Canadice is NOT! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Life and Death

Farming is all about life and death... from the baby chicks to chicken dumplings. It is really difficult to bury a baby lamb. Its even harder if I can't hide it from Nate and Brandon. My sweet boys gave her a hug goodbye and shed a few tears then ran off to watch the five thriving lambs play. I don't have much else to say right now but I wouldn't trade it for the world.