Thursday, May 02, 2013

May Morning

Beautiful stretch of weather here in western Massachusetts. We feel like we are turning a corner towards spring. What a nice feeling. 

We are waiting for the grass to grow. The sheep desperately want to start eating their greens. It is warm now but we need rain. You can't put the animals on the grass too early. If you do, they will eat the grass right down to the roots and it won't grow back. The slices in the photo below were made with a rented "no-till seeder." It's a machine that goes on the back of the tractor. It slices the earth and deposits grass seed at the same time. The beauty of it is you don't have to plow, pick rocks (yes - by hand), harrow, and seed. It doesn't do as good a job but it is quick and an easy way to revive a pasture where the grasses have died away and weeds have moved in.

It's all a matter of timing, heat and waiting for rain before the grass is ready for the sheep.

Took a nice little walk outside this morning with Winston. What a happy boy. Doesn't he look like he is smiling?


Here are the signs and colors of early spring here at Leyden Glen Farm. 



Have a great day everyone.


Corina Sahlin said...

You know, I think Winston doesn't just LOOK like he is smiling, he IS smiling! And why wouldn't he? Frolicking in such a beautiful landscape... with sheep to bark at... it's doggie heaven!

mn_bird said...

Thank you for the shot of color! I needed it. It has been a very wintry spring in the Midwest!

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

I love the light in your photos.