Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Beans Are Making Progress!

We've been busy! We planted some of the beans later than we would have liked this year (due to a wet spring and some slow shipping of bean seed). But we are happy to report that the beans are coming along nicely for the most part.

The Yellow Indian Woman beans just after they popped out of the ground...

 And Black Valentine in blossom...

These are Jacob's Cattle with blossoms and small beans forming.

We could use a bit of rain right now. The beans are doing well, but one of the fields is a heavier soil (clay) and is baked to nearly concrete stage with the heat and dry weather.

The weeds are somewhat under control, thanks to starting with clean fields, cultivating regularly, and LOTS of hard hand-weeding by the family. We are hopeful...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Organic Pesticide Photo

This isn't actually a photo of organic pesticide. It's a photo of a bit of a wildflower strip that some Michigan State University students planted on our farm several years ago. The Farmer calls it the Predator Feeding Sanctuary.

Planting it was part of a study on whether planting habitat for beneficial insects helped with pest control. I don't think I ever heard any definitive results on the study, but it's the loveliest pest control I've ever seen.

Last year I made the mistake of treating this area as part of the rotational grazing plan. We didn't see many flowers. This year we're leaving it alone and it seems to be doing just fine. And I did see a ladybug (considered a good insect) on one of the bean plants while I was weeding yesterday...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Post

"But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields." --Ecclesiastes 5:9

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Giveaway! West Michigan Co-op Membership

Tomorrow begins the buying cycle for the West Michigan Co-op. I have a one-year membership to give away to the Co-op. It covers your annual membership fee, and allows you to purchase locally grown and produced foods and other items. 

Please comment here or email me at shadysidefarmmichigan (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like to have a chance at receiving this membership. Please only enter if you are local, and would actually use this. I'll pick a lucky person at random about noon on Wednesday, July 8. That will still give you plenty of time to shop the cycle before it closes on Saturday the 11th. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Planting Update

All of the corn has been planted, and has come up. The Farmer is busy cultivating, in between rain showers.

Most of the dry beans have been planted. Some needed replanting. We tell people that these are endangered species beans because they are hard to grow. We sometime forget the truth of what we tell people.

We have three or four more varieties to plant, but we can't catch a break with the rain (and we are waiting for some seed to be shipped to us). It is getting late to plant them, and I confess to worrying a bit.

Because I know that worrying doesn't actually accomplish anything, I will try to be grateful for what is up and doing well.

Farming gives us lots of good practice in trusting God.

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