2018 Weekly Synopsis
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~April 21, 2018
It was a beautiful week at OwyheeStar. The Treasure Valley is enjoying the sunshine and very warm temperatures. It reached almost 90 degrees–89 was the recorded high. The reported low was 37 degrees.
The crops are growing. For example, the hay has closed the row–we will be cutting before you know it. (Hurrah!) Everyone has their water going–some use pivots, there are a few wheel lines (like we do), there is gated pipe across the road, and in the east field, we use siphon tubes and a concrete ditch. Many factors affect how water gets to the crops. Nevertheless, agriculture requires a lot of water. Owyhee Reservoir is one of the many throughout the area that supplies the much-need crop water.
The puppies and the general farm needs require a lot of time and effort. A small hobby farm might demand more energy per acre than a much more significant spread. Cliff has been cleaning up the sanctuary. He wants to plant grass and get rid of the cheatgrass issues.
This Week on the Blog
We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. The week began with Earth Day and Stackhouse showing his take on how to manage things. We had some fun posts and a couple of fantastic updates –Darcy and Charlie Blue.
Sunday—April 22 — Positive Thoughts (Stackhouse)
Monday — April 23 — Memes (Loki)
Tuesday — April 24 — Life (with Two Weims)
Wednesday — April 25 — When in the Southwest
Thursday – April 26 — Versatile (Darcy)
Friday — April 27 — Charlie Blue
On a very personal note
We have been working in the garden. Wednesday, Ashley, and the girls showed up. We got the Bok Choy, Broccoli, and the Kohlrabi planted in the raised beds. In between, we planted Marigolds and a bit of garlic. Yesterday, they were back, and we got quite a bit more accomplished. We planted a few Heirloom Brandywine tomatoes and a variety of peppers. We have to get our beds ready to plant our pole beans, melons, and squash. We have the area allotted for cabbage. We want quite a bit of the latter. Ashley plans to try making homemade sauerkraut. Cliff and I want to do that again this year, too.
I have a red blotch from a Wasp attack on Wednesday. It is a crazy thing–without the lymph nodes, I have issues with any abrasion. There is nothing to clear away infection–we hope for the best. I am sure it will be Okay. That day five wasps somehow got inside the greenhouse, but this one came from the west end outside. Since then, we have seen only a couple inside the greenhouse. Fewer is a good thing.
Cliff has a lot going on–as I mentioned above, he is working on the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary. We use that as well for the puppy testing. It is also a destination–a great place to chase birds, sniff and explore. His red Massy Ferguson tractor is giving him fits. Of course, it has been working well until things got super busy. Thursday, I believe it was, Cliff walked back to the house. The Gator ran out of gas. He left it down by the railroad tracks and came home to eat dinner. We went down prepared to jump start, or whatever it took to get it going, but after a cool off period he got her running and drove home. (Whew!)
In between all his typical and the general hoopla, Cliff has found time to help us a bit with the garden. Yesterday, he brought up quail pooh. It ought to be an excellent fertilizer. He also brought us a couple of dumps of clean dirt. We are ever so thankful for what he does. We had other help too. Evangeline and River worked both days. Evangeline loves to water the plants–you see her here helping me give everything inside the greenhouse a much-need drink. River did a little of this too. They also helped us dig holes and to plant the tomatoes. In between, they would run over to the swings and make a different kind of fun. Regardless, they are great little garden helpers.