2021 March, April, May Catchup

I’m trying to catchup with 2021 happenings on the farm throughout the year, so please bear with me.

A few jars of syrup were canned this spring.

Mother Nature had a senior moment this year and the trees would freeze for ten days and run for two days. We finally got enough sap to run off around 30 gallons which was perfect for us. We just didn’t have a lot to share with friends. Maybe 2022 will be better but the weather is looking a little crazy again.

A solar panel was installed by Eddie and Shawn to run a small exhaust fan in the greenhouse.
The fan really helped to exhaust the heat on the really warm days.
A very good friend of my husband’s took him striper fishing and they had a blast!

Striper and catfish were fileted, and the freezer was stocked with great fish!

We had about 20 hummingbirds all summer but our first two showed up on March 20.
These were the first flowers of 2021, just wish they would last all spring and summer.
First plantings in the greenhouse thrived with a little help from a propane heater at night.

March had lots of family birthdays. New ducks from my brother arrived but varmints got them including turtles in the pond. Seeds arrived almost weekly and had spent a lot of time in the greenhouse. We got our first Covid vaccines. Shelving was finished in the greenhouse and it’s perfect, but I kept those shelves full all summer. We got a fair amount of rain in March.

Now on to April, we got our second round of vaccine for Covid and quarantine doesn’t affect us much because we stay home most of the time anyway. We cut firewood, Eddie started checking the farm equipment because hay season is just around the corner. Baby calves are arriving from March through May. I’m in the greenhouse most of the day every day.

The apple orchard is full of so many different types. and they’re full of bloom. I’m really looking forward to the Wolf River and was busy with the Transparent for applesauce. Transparent is the first apple of the season here.
Visitors at the feeders varied but was always busy.
Doves, cardinals, sparrows, titmouse, finches and juncos

May saw the garden plowed and planted with potatoes and onions, broccoli, and cabbage.

Our beautiful granddaughter graduated from Radford College with a Bachelor’s degree in education and is already working on her Master’s Degree.

The last week of May we got three inches of rain and it was really needed. The pastures and hayfields became very green!!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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