Generally I try to write about good things that are happening on the farm. Today they aren’t happening.
I slept in because it was the first day in a long time that I didn’t have a field day to prepare for or classes to teach or a farmers market to prepare for. That was nice, but leaves me feeling less than productive.
When I did finally get out to work, I decided it was time to regain control of my blueberries. They have been overcome with grass and I needed to weed them. As I was weeding, I found vole holes at the base of each bush. So I came in to look up what to do about voles. It seems that without chemicals, there are some ideas, but mostly it is trying to trap them. And there could could be many many voles in my field. So that was frustrating. I read in a book that a friend (thanks Dorothy) got me that rotten eggs in a vole hole will make them leave the tunnel system. I am trying that.
In addition to discovering a major vole problem, I also ended up wasting loads of time reading about them. It isn’t a total waste of time, but it is time I would have rather spent outside fixing problems.
My wife got some work done while I made lunch and entertained kids.
This afternoon, I went to make sure the sheep and chickens had water. They did, but I also discovered that the sheep had trampled and killed a peach tree and eaten about half of a young apple tree. So I was no longer going to return to the blueberry project, now I was going to move sheep. I moved the sheep into their next paddock as I remembered (the sheep sort of reminded me) that I need to put up another line of barbed wire fencing to keep the sheep out of the neighbor’s yard. So that has just become high on my priority list. As well as the blueberries… And the trees in the orchard…. And the weeds in the garden that seem to be growing at the speed of light.
And thus was my frustrating day on the farm. And I will take a frustrating day on the farm over a good day in an office any day.