Mar 062013

Spring greetings to all!

Spring is in the air and on the way! Birds are beginning to sing again and  the “spring peepers” (tree frogs) can be heard chirping too!

“Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.” Psalms 37:4-9

Once again the Psalmist has some special insights in daily living. There are promises to those who “Delight” in, “Commit” their way to, “Trust” in and “wait patiently” for Lord, As we grow to love the Lord more and obey the greatest commandment (“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5) it will come about that He helps us to delight ourselves more in Him and will through love and devotion to Him commit our way to Him. Through faith we will be able to trust in Him knowing that He knows what is best. Scripture says that the Lord is not slow as we might consider slowness (2Peter 3:9) in bringing about His promises so we can rest in Him, waiting patiently… Some days that is a little difficult for me to do though as His time table is not what I think it should be! I must however take that thought captive, making it submit in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and continue waiting for Him knowing that in the end there will be a reward for those who wait for, seek and love Him. We must also teach all these things to the next generation as well and diligently instruct them in the way of the Lord. After the greatest commandment is stated in Deuteronomy 6:5 verses six and seven state this: 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Because our Father in heaven first loved us let us so in return love Him by living our lives for Him in obedience!


Snip! Snap! Pop! Crunch! Fruit tree pruning is complete for the season! It was a full day’s pruning with some help from Jena, but thankfully the fruit trees are pruned for this year! It is really a little late for pruning, but one thing and another has been coming along and I finally set down my foot and said it was either going to be done now or not at all this season! Due to it being so late I was not able to prune quite as much as I might have if we had gotten it done in time, but the trees should be in much better shape for the coming growing season than if they hadn’t had a “hair cut” at all. A couple of plum trees and one apricot were just showing signs of color in the buds which is really too soon. Thankfully some more cool weather has come in which will help hold them back a little.

fruit tree

Limb spreading and staking still need to be completed before the trees will be fully dressed up for the growing season. I was thankful Granddad came out and helped me by cutting the pipe I am putting around the trees as tree guards. Ideally the pipe would be white in order to keep the pipe from absorbing so much heat and it should also help a little with insect control I believe, but we are running too short on time at this moment to get the painting done. Johnson and/or Bermuda grass has crept in around several of the trees so I need to dig around them trying to eradicate as many of the grass roots as possible.

Before & after:

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Most of the seedlings are ready to transplant into the hoop houses now. The past couple weeks have been full of cloudy days which has in part caused nearly all the seedlings to become leggy. A small fan on them  has helped out a little, but I really should have some grow lights also to help keep the situation from exacerbating. I need to get the heater hooked back up to the big hoop house before putting transplants in there. Lord willing I’ll be able to get that done today and be able to begin transplanting in there then all I need to do is get the little hoop house repairs completed and the film back on so we can do the same in there! Never a lack of things to do around here!

hoop houses

One entire evening and morning was devoted to transplanting some of the seedlings into larger packs and soil blocks. Most of those plants will be going outside once they reach size and we harden them off. I expect that will probably be around three or four more weeks probably but that is highly dependent on the weather also. Seed potatoes will be coming in a couple of weeks and I anticipate planting them soon after they arrive.


Our last scheduled Seed Starting & Transplanting workshop will be Thursday, March 7th at 1:00 pm and there are still openings. If you are interested please contact us by 8:00 am so we can have enough materials ready for the participants.  Call 620-330-1966 or email:

The wood pile it was getting a little sparse so on two different days Dad and I each went and cut a small load of wood which should, Lord willing, finish out our winter wood supply. While there is still some cool weather that will move through I don’t anticipate having a lot more extremely cold weather coming in for and extended period of time. It will soon be time to uncover the strawberries’ winter mulch of straw! The spinach in the photo below has overwintered in the small hoop house.


We celebrated Dad’s birthday and ended up he had two different “cakes” this year. Both were unique and very specially made. One was a strawberry picking tray (unfortunately the strawberries were store bought for the occasion) and a huge lemon meringue pie! The year Dad was born a blizzard moved in that day so G-Jean and Jena decided to make a ski slope with the meringue and it was quite a sight to behold the skiing accident which was portrayed!


Time to get along for now, but may each of you have a blessed week!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew