Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Burning The Fields

Yesterday was warm and the wind was not blowing too much.  Perfect for burning the fields.  We started around the pond.

Sometimes the wind would pick up a bit and the fire looked a little scary.

We burn the fields so that the ashes from the old grass will put nutrients back into the soil.

It may look all black and chard right now, but in a couple weeks, it will be greener than the parts that we
 haven't burned.

Hubby had his eye on the situation.  If it got out of hand, he would get his tractor and put it out.  In fact, when we started to burn the field across the road, the wind DID pick up and he had to get the tractor and scraper blade to put it out.  I called Phelan's Husband to see if he could come up and be another set of eye to help watch the fire.  I like having extra help "just in case."  All went well.

This is our new outside cat, Gypsy.  She just wondered in.  Now if you look at that big belly, you can see she's going to have a litter of kittens.   As the fire was going, she was checking out the the brush looking for mice.

She's a good hunter.

And of course, Skeeter kept her eye on things too.  We all felt so much safer. lol

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, fire watcher.


Carolyn said...

New homestead kitty, yippee!! And a Calico at that, my favorite :)
Maybe Phelan's clan would like some of those kittens for their new place; a homestead isn't a homestead without some farm cats!

small farm girl said...

I think Phelan has more cats than I do. lol

mizdeb said...

We, too, do control burns down here in central Texas. The coastal pastures come back looking green and gorgeous. Unless, of course, we have a drought! Lol

Kellie from Indiana said...

Imagine all the marshmallows you couldve toasted with a fire like that :). That cat looks pretty healthy for a pregnant stray/barn cat. Its got pretty colors too.

small farm girl said...

It's amazing how much of a difference it makes!

small farm girl said...

Oooooohhhhh! I never thought about marshmallows. Although I would have to run to keep up with the fire. It moves pretty fast.
The cat has been here for just a little while. We did start feeding her. She was all skin and bones when she first came.