Time to Move and Move We Did

We did not complain about the rain, but our spirits fired up when it finally dried up. After the wettest spring in many years, and a bit of consternation over all the seeds still in their packets, the weather cleared and the sun came out. It’s time to move and move we did.
First things first. The spring crops (Onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, lettuce, swiss chard, parsley and celery) all get hoed and cultivated before we can plant. The rows are laid off for the summer vegetables. The extra day or two helped dry the soil out a little more, but some spots were still damper than I like.
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Sowing Seeds

Sowing seeds is the climax of the spring preparations. Cover crops are mown, tons of well-aged, biodynamic compost have been spread, the fields are plowed, rebroke and harrowed a few times, adequate rock minerals, like limestone, have been incorporated, and it’s finally time to plant. I like to say that most of the garden work happens before I plant, but I am simply implying how important it is to do those other jobs correctly.
We sow and transplant everything by hand. Furrows are usually made with the tractor. Or the very small seeds, we will make shallow furrows with a hoe. A seed is usually covered with soil about four times it’s own thickness. For instance, a half-inch long pumpkin seed would be planted two inches deep.
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HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE WORLD TODAY

1.    Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
2.    Do not stay home 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
3.    Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
4.    Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
5.    Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in hospitals. Above all else, avoid hospitals.
6.    You will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services of the church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at worship!
         Bible study is safe too. The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less than worship.
FOR SAFETY SAKE:
        Attend church services and study your Bible….IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
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Blackberries

Blackberries are another great crop for Tennessee. All you have to do is pick them, for they grow wild on many farms. Briars, as we call them, can be a thorn in your side. And hands, and arms, and feet. But blackberries make up for the scratches with abundant fruit in July.
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The Miss California Controversy

Miss California stirred up a hornet’s nest when she took the position that marriage is between a man and a women. Immediately, the left-wing population launched their firey darts at this courageous lady, calling her the B-word and all sorts of degrading names. However, to her credit, she was on two sides- God’s and nature’s.  From the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation, marriage is always between a man and a women. Furthermore, the law of nature puts down this perverted notion about marriage. These left-wing perverts are not as smart as dogs and cats. Animals adhere to nature, while liberal freaks and change agents seek to circumvent it.
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Apprenticeship Program

Long Hungry Creek Farm has an apprenticeship program, sort of. In an effort to expand interest in local food production, we encourage young folk to experience life on a working organic farm. People come and go through regularly. Some of our apprentices have gone on to start their own farms, and some realize that farming isn’t for them.
How will you know if you don’t try? Farm life offers great lessons even if you don’t take it up as a career life calling. The demand for local, organic produce is greater than the supply, so there is a huge opportunity here for enjoyable employment. We have a lot of fun growing vegetables. We have never used grant money; that farm pays it’s own way.
For 30 years, friends and visitors have helped on the farm. Eventually I hired a few friends, and we work on something most days. We don’t depend on labor from others, but appreciate when it happens. It frees us up a bit to either get extra stuff done, or relax a bit more than we would otherwise.
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Running Down America

I’m appalled at the number of liberal Democrats who are running down America. I’m reminded of the old country music song which says of those who were talking evil about this country, “If you don’t love it, leave it.” After all, the borders are open between the United States and Mexico. The liberals know that, for they are the ones who want a wholesale movement of immigrants to this country, knowing they can count on their votes. But what will happen when illegal immigrants outnumber the rest of us, including the liberal Democrats and some fat cat Republicans? What is even more distressing is our own President who ran down America when he was in France. What the power should have said in response is this; “Look Mr. President, it was your nation that delivered us from the German armies during World War II, and many of the American soldiers who defended us died in so doing and are buried here in French soil. I’ll pray for our President, but how can I respect him when he runs down the Country I love so much and has been so good to me?
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Spring Garden

Our spring garden is finally out of my mind and in the ground. We had to work some soil before it was thoroughly dry, and are now dealing with the subsequent clods. They got raked away from the row and into the middles, where the tractor tire and cultivators can break them up.
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“THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG”

In decades past, when one had a bit of secretive information to share, he might share it, then say to the person with whom he shared it, “Don’t let the cat out of the bag.” Too often that cat managed to escape, much to the pleasure of inquisitive ears. “The cat is out of the bag” in today’s political arena. Nothing would suit the liberal politicians of this age more than to hide their agenda from the general public. Even with the assistance of the liberal networks like NBC and CBS, “the cat gets out of the bag.” We owe a debt of gratitude to Fox News for their relentless efforts to keep the general population informed of the liberals and their clandestine methods of doing business.
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“DON’T TREAD ON ME!”

The following article comes from a book entitles, “Got a Minute?” written by Bill Smith and used by permission; I thought some of my readers might appreciate this bit of good advise.

All students of American history are acquainted with the slogan that arose during the American Revolution: “Don’t Tread On Me!” These strong words were embossed, along with a frightening likeness of a coiled snake, on the flags that were carried into battle by our gallant ancestors who gained America’s freedom from the British. I recommend this flag be possessed, and carried, by every Christian today!

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Farming Practices

Good farming practices require that we believe in the future. Our soils are a precious but perishable asset on our farms, and can be improved or impoverished. Thinking in the long term helps.
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Rain

I won’t complain about the rain. It takes a bit of imagination to farm without irrigation. The rain that’s coming down will soak deep into the ground, and the humus will save it for later to give to our ‘maters and ‘taters. The summer crops are willing and able to take advantage of a full water table.
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IDENTIFYING THE REAL ENEMY

Please read and consider carefully the following viewpoints. The truth is, they are not really viewpoints. They are facts. Read it and weep. The freedom you save may be your own. Former President George Bush and Congress established Home Land Security for the express purpose of protecting this Nation from Muslim terrorists, and for the following four years we had not one terrorist incident in the United States. But Home Land Security has apparently decided to go in another direction.
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Cold Frames

New cold frames have sprouted up near the garden and are now full of seeds. Like many new things on this farm, they look old. The window sashes are old, I got them real cheep at farm auctions. The design is old, too, I remember this style when I was a kid, and it is commonly depicted in old farming and gardening books.
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TAKING GOD OUT OF HIS BOX ON SUNDAY

“It’s Sunday morning again folks, and it is time for us to take God out of His box,” speaks the liberal preacher, who is more concerned with political correctness than he is spiritual correctness. “He spends all week here,” he continues, “and now we must pay homage to His rich heritage,” whatever that means. So the word that is forbidden throughout the week is now activated by his faithless and fruitless first cousin of a society.
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Belly of the Farm

The soil is the belly of the farm. If we feed the soil properly, our plants and animals grow well and stay healthy. If we don’t, not only do the plants and animals suffer, but our own health declines as well.
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Taking Back America Now!

Our forefathers never dreamed that one day their descendents would give away the America they built into a glorious Nation of freedom, opportunity, and strength. God received top priority in their plans, and from there they carved out of a wilderness a Nation that was to become they envy of the world-a Nation that would cause the downtrodden, and the suppressed to want to come here. But liberal and godless minds have launched a mission to change the United States, yea, the entire world into one big world economy, world government, and world religion, in which liberal and godless elite rule. While the rest of us look to them for our survival. And with this goes our freedom.
The know-it-all elite are bailing out the rich at the expense of the poor taxpayers of this country. Jesse James robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. The administration is robbing from the poor with higher taxes while bailing out the rich. Meanwhile “grandma’s cupboard” remains empty while the liberal corporation’s executives receive bonuses large enough to chock an elephant to death.
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“As early in the spring as possible,”

“As early in the spring as possible,” is when you can plant many crops. These are the frost hardy vegetables, like lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, swiss chard, parsley, peas and onions. This instruction misled me into planting too early. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
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Seizing and Dismantling Private Property and Businesses

Will the House and Senate give the Obama administration the authority to seize private owned business when it appears that the companies are in financial jeopardy? The Secretary of Treasury is coveting that power.  What he is requesting is unconstitutional, but it seems that the Constitution has been discarded to expand the Federal Government. Otherwords, if the Feds believe a bank, small or large, a business of any type, including a farm, isn’t financially sound, then it would be taken over, leaving its owners in the lost column.
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Onions the first crop

Onions are the first crop to go out in the fields. Four boxes of bunches arrived via UPS, and I knew it was time to get busy. I loaded the manure spreader and quickly had a breakdown. So I unloaded it by hand. The other spreader flung three loads out before it messed up and I unloaded the last load by hand. I tiredly ran the chisel plow though the field at dusk.
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