More Than Just Fiber……

More Than Just Fiber……

This is what it’s all about out here — sheep, fiber and gardening. More than just wool, these beautiful creatures keep this property in fairly good shape. They gobble up stray blackberry vines, keep Scotch Broom at bay and boost fertilizer levels in the soil. With the sale of this year’s lambs, plus the new … Continue reading

My Secret Weapon……

My Secret Weapon……

  Whether it’s making a fire break or clearing coyote habitat this excavator is an essential to making the workload disappear. What would take me ¬†weeks to complete, this marvel machine will do in half a day, if not sooner. All month long this yellow workhorse has been out there everyday — shaping the land, … Continue reading

A Reseeding Lesson in the Making….

A Reseeding Lesson in the Making….

    This year all my farming tricks are falling flat….literally. My usual green pasture is nonexistent — barren topsoil is the norm out there. It’s easy to blame the summer drought — 140 days without rain, but with all the seed and mulch I’ve dropped the results should have already started to show. I … Continue reading

A New Visitor….

A New Visitor….

Last week I noticed a wounded hawk hobbling around the back sheep pasture. The bird couldn’t fly and would have become a coyote snack over the weekend. I set out some food, water and an elevated platform which he might reach if attacked. Fortunately, some good news..! A few days later, the injured hawk was … Continue reading

Pulling the Dreaded Red Dok

Pulling the Dreaded Red Dok

It’s a morning ritual here on the ranch – pulling weeds while the sheep are grazing. Begrudgingly, I must have pulled a few thousand evasive species roots since June. First there was scotch broom, then bull thistle, not to mention tansy. Toward the end of summer, its time for the red doc removal, especially near … Continue reading

Looking for Rain…..

Looking for Rain…..

The weather-folks report that the rains are coming next week. This is the driest summer in many years. We are on HIGH fire watch, and as one can see the grasses are very dry. It’s been impossible to keep the brush, pasture and weeds down with strict regulations on power equipment.