Welcome to our farm blog. I hope that you will join us as we go on this incredible journey of farming and life. Let's go on a virtual tour today and check out the gardens, some of our animals, and just a few of my favorite things.
Dusk is my absolute favorite time of day. The frogs start their nightly chorus and the birds are settling down for the night. In the summer the air begins to cool and the sky changes from its beautiful blue to hues that I can't even believe exist. Orange and red and pink and purple and gold and it is absolutely breath taking here at the farm.
This weeping willow is one of my favorite trees here at the farm. It sits just below the house on the driveway. It's sweeping branches greet you as you drive in. In the spring it is one of the first to start showing its color.
This is "The Big Pine" it is my second favorite tree on our property. It towers over everything and makes me think of Christmas.
We have two gardens at April Moon Farm. The above pictures are the garden path to what we call the "Far Garden" because it's far from the house. Creative aren't we? The garden path starts near the orchard, as you enter even on the hottest days you feel the air cool. It smells damp from the small creek running through and you can hear birds and animals rustling about. As you continue through the path it opens up and you can catch a glimpse of the garden. The soil and plants growing there start to come into view and as you leave the path it widens into grass and gardens and the temperature rises again. We grow long growing season crops out here. Potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, etc. Crops that need more space and a longer time in the ground.
This is the far garden in spring of 2017. This area also contains my kids 4-H garden projects.
The front garden (again we are creative in our names right?) contains our berry bushes, asparagus, rhubarb, several raised beds, and a large garden area. I plant crops here that need less space, can be planted in succession, and that might need harvested more frequently. Summer squashes, greens, carrots, radishes, bean, peas, and more. I also plant a lot of flowers and sunflowers in each garden and around the property.
We hae a lot of creatures here at the farm. First picture is our Border Collie Mix "Bandit" at the time of this post he is just over 6 months old. The middle photo are just a few of my favorite chickens. My kids do 4-H Poultry so in addition to a large egg flock we have many varieties of 4-H show birds from bantams to ducks to Sebastapol Geese. Next up we have our 5 Nigerian Dwarf goats. These are a small goat about half the size. We primarily keep them for blackberry eating. There are three wethers and two does. Next up is turkeys. My kids participate in Clark County Fair Junior Livestock Auction and raise turkeys, ducks, or geese each year. And last is our Black Lab "Bear" he is currently 4 months old.
These are just a few of my favorite things here at April Moon Farm. Thanks for joining us on our farm journey.