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Friday, March 23, 2012

Plowing the Cornfield with the Minneapolis Moline Z

With the temperatures flitting between the high 70's and low 80's,  my son broke out with a bad case of garden (or in his case field) fever, hitched the vintage International 2 x 14 pull type plow on the back of his Minni Z, and began turning over rows for this year's sweet corn.  (You do remember the 37 quarts from last year?  If not, I posted about it here.) Lucky for Farmerboy, we acquired a lot on the other side of our small town with nothing but one tree on it.  Aaaah... Land for the taking or plowing anyways! ;)

I love the smell of newly turned soil... Mmmmmm...

Farmerboy has huge hopes that this year will see the last of the big pieces of rock finding their way to the surface! :)

Aaaah...   Tomorrow, the International 8 foot disk will come out of storage to smooth out this rough field.

**Just a little note**  The photo below reminds of the famous quote from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz... "A Boy and his Dog".   Except in this case, it is "A Boy and his Tractor".  :) 

I must admit that it has been a pleasure having all that sweet corn from last fall in the freezer.  After being heated, the corn tastes the same as when it was harvested from the field... even without the pesticides, added sugars and preservatives! ;)   

Remember how I complained last fall about the over abundance of sweet corn piled in my backyard?  Well, this Mom isn't too proud to say that she was wrong.  I could have stood to process quite a bit more than the 37 quarts.  That's the great thing about life.   It is constantly teaching us lessons along the way. :)   


Patty Sumner said...

Wow, that soil looks great! It is so dark....it looks like potting soil. I guess I will till up my small garden plot. It is not as big as yours but it is all I can handle. You are blessed to have a son who loves to use that tractor. I guess I would plowing up everything...Blessings!

Brenda said...

Hello Patty... The sweet corn sure was a big hit with ourselves and the neighbors. :) The town even comes in after the picking and uses the stalks for decoration. My son even takes care of roto tilling our smaller gardens (which my hubby greatly appreciates!). I get to do most of the planting, weeding and harvesting. :)

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

Wonderful photos!! The scenery and fresh turned up soil is beautiful... I am just now getting the snow melted here, you are lucky!


Brenda said...

Hello Jody... That is the type of weather that we should be having! Can't believe how muggy and hot it has been here. This is the strangest winter and spring that I have ever seen. Not complaining though! ;)