A couple of days ago, the story about the electric fence dangers and handy tips, was not what I had planned to write. Somehow, the story took a direction of its own and you heard all about the all the ups and downs of using electric fencing. Then we had the first snowfall of the season and the story for the next day revolved about all that entails, now I think it is time to get back to the original story that I had planned to write…
It begins with the small, solar powered electric fence unit attached to the barn across the river. Since it is on the other side from our power grid, there are no electric services on that side of the river, that is why we use solar power to heat up the fences where they are needed. Anyway, this one unit charges the fences in this area. Continue reading
While I was away from the farm, Mike and Marilyn were busy cleaning up areas around the farm in preparation for winter. One of those jobs included the row of blackberry bushes that line a very old fence row near the bridge that crosses the river. Continue reading
What do you do when you don’t have enough fruit to make a full batch of cobbler? My take on the dilemma solved the problem but created a second issue.
When making cobbler, I use two pans because the recipe that I like is more than one dish can hold, and the second dish has a snap on lid, so I stash that one away in the freezer for a last minute pot-luck, unexpected guests or an easy dessert after a long day of work. Continue reading
The top vines of the blackberries are growing quickly this time of year making it hard to reach through to get to the delicious blackberries inside.
Using a long-handled garden clipper, I cut then pulled long strands of the vines away from the bushes so visitors could pick to their hearts content.
Those exposed berries that were not picked for jams, pies and fresh eating became a treat for the cows.
The cows love berries as much as humans do and since I opened up a spot where the berries were in easy reach, the herd moved in and gently licked each ripe berry right off the exposed tangle. In the meantime, the vines that I had not been able to reach keep growing right out the top and over the area that had been trimmed.
Blackberries are ripe and the critters are enjoying the sweetness as much as we are. Blackbirds swoop in for the top berries poking out of the top of the hedge o’berries. Grey squirrels can be spotted running from the hedge to their den under the bridge. When I whack back some of the long, 8 ft. barbed vines and expose the hidden bounty, the cows nibble the tender tips and exposed fruit.
The dogs don’t wait for me to clip back the thorny vines, they just dig right in.
On this day, only the back end of the Jackson can be seen as he is heard snacking and smacking on the sweet berries.
The Logan and Raspberries bit the dust so to speak. This heat wave has dried out any berries that were trying to mature and the producing vines dried up as well. That season is officially over.
The same heat that cooked the Logan and raspberries has begun turning the blackberries ripe in a hurry.
So far I’ve only found one or two ripe enough to eat without puckering. But with continued warm weather scheduled, we will have to call all neighbors, friends and family to gather as many berries as they would like.
Looks like only a day or two before we are truly in wild blackberries are ripe.
The view from the bridge shows one worker hard at the task of trimming back the blackberry bushes.
While other cows and calves were resting comfortably in the field this cow was doing her best to trip back the new tips of the row of blackberries that grow alongside the bridge on one side of the river.
We harvest these blackberries in the summer and early fall. Since there are so many growing in this area, there is more than enough for the cows to trim them and for us(along with neighbors and friends) to get our share of the delicious fruit.