Tag Archives: Michigan

The February Melt

This is turning into a nice, mild winter in Michigan. We have had some hard cold spells, but this week the winds were powerful and the sun shone enough to dry things out pretty quickly. Honestly, the whole house shook … Continue reading

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Snowy, But Could Be Worse

My part of Michigan was supposed to be getting the most horrible snow storm on Super Bowl Sunday. We hunkered down and stayed home for the day, and it turned out that other parts of the state suffered much worse … Continue reading

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Life Inside the Winter Coop

The freeze from the northwest keeps sweeping down on us and everything is at a standstill in southwestern Michigan.  I saw the coolest satellite photo today that shows how the “lake effect” snows develop.  Notice the outline of the great … Continue reading

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Pond Ice and Winter Algae

Several days of cold and the pond has a glassy cover of ice drawing ever closer to the center where the bubbler keeps it stirred up.  I’ve seen it much colder and the ice much thicker, but I am beginning to … Continue reading

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Calm Before the Storm

We have a quiet period now, since the winter storm yesterday.  The forecast says it will pick up again this afternoon through Friday morning.  In such a short time you wouldn’t think we’d be suffering from cabin fever, but we … Continue reading

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Snow Day

Whoa, big winter storm!  Fortunately, we had nowhere we had to go today so we could sit gazing out the windows into the opaque white mist as the drifts grew. I take that back, I did have to go out to … Continue reading

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Daylight Savings Sunrise

Lucky me, I slept in till 8:30 this morning, and still got to see a sparkling sunrise on Bluestem Pond.  The dogs enjoyed a yawn and stretch and a little trot out to see if there were rabbits about.

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Chickens in the Cold

Poor little cold chicken feet!  At 7:00 am it is 20 degrees outside. Yesterday was warmer, and when I went to refill the food and water I found their water feeder frozen solid.  Oops.  We were going out for the … Continue reading

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Frosty Morning on the Farm

I woke up this morning to heavy frost mixed with fog that had not quite frozen down yet.  The sky is clear, though, and the sun will quickly dissipate the ice crystals and bring it up from the 29 degrees … Continue reading

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Persistent Green Beans

I’m on about the fifth round of picking the “final” batch of green beans.  Each time, I pick even the two inch long babies for a nice tender side dish.  I say good night to the garden and thank you … Continue reading

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The Next Addition? Grapes!

If you were with me on this blog from early on, you know that we have a big master plan for Bluestem Pond Farm.  Last summer was the house, in the fall was landscaping, and in the spring was a chicken coop … Continue reading

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The August Farm Pond

August is an interesting time for a farm pond in Michigan.  We’ve had very little rain for a few weeks and all the ponds in the area are getting a little low.  The frogs who spent their evenings singing in … Continue reading

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Free Range Playground

This week we unlocked the gate to the chicken run and released the flock for the first time.  It did not take much coaxing to get them out the door.  They’ve been eyeing that luscious green grass for a long time, tearing … Continue reading

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Roosters!

Well, it’s pretty clear by now that we have two roosters in our flock.  “Buster” is a beautiful multi-colored Araucana with blue-green feet.  I guess he won’t be laying us any pink or blue eggs now.  He has a distinctive … Continue reading

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Little House on the Prairie

I know I’ve published a lot of photos of our field of wildflowers, but I can’t restrain myself from posting just one more.  I am not a good gardener, so this beautiful field that grows without any help from me … Continue reading

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New Wildflowers

Having fields of wildflowers is an exercise in appreciating surprises vs demanding consistency.  Each year, different things come up in different proportions.  The first year we were happily inundated with Brown-eyed Susans.  In each new season, the mixture has changed … Continue reading

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Tending the Pond

Our farm pond is a living thing that needs tending just like the farm animals.  The water plants, animals and algae (it is debatable whether algae is plant or animal), change with the temperature, water level, and sunshine.  It has not … Continue reading

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Whoa, That’s Rain!

This has been one great growing season here in the Great Lakes region.  It is warm and steamy and we’ve gotten some amazing downpours in the last few days.  Yesterday morning I dumped out our rain gauge to see what … Continue reading

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Spring Scenes

It is almost summer, but technically still spring.  We are enjoying our own strawberries and the last of our asparagus, and I am watching my little seedlings pop up out of the garden soil.  This mixture of harvest and expectation is … Continue reading

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Perfect Day on the Farm

Some days are busy weighed down by nagging chores.  Some days are hot and muggy and you become drenched just trying to move about.  Then there are days like today — perfection!  It is in the high 70’s and there is … Continue reading

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