Mar 122013

Variable weather greetings from Mitchell Family Farm!

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2
Praise the Lord for sending His Son so that we could have eternal life and truly have no condemnation from the law of sin and death if we accept this gift He has given to us! We no longer must live a defeated life in subjection to the enemy of our souls, but as Revelation says, “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11 There truly is power in Christ’s blood which was shed to cover our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness when we confess our sins to Him. Each person who has believed in Him can testify to the grace, mercy and faithfulness He has for each of His children. We can call out to Him “Abba! Father!” and know that He hears and answers our prayers of praise, anguish and requests.
crocus 3-2013

What an interesting week this has been! I should have kept better track but believe the temperatures have been yo-yoing with up around a 40 degree temperature differential and the wind has had nearly the same differential in wind speed! Things were (and still are to some extent) really crunching down with some plants needing to be transplanted and others beginning to be hardened off.

transplants 3-2013

When running the gas line for the big hoop house initially I had been in a hurry and had never properly buried it. Well, last year it finally caught up with me and we cut the gas line, so this go around I decided to do a better job and trench in the line at least one spade depth and up to 24″ deep depending on where it was located in the open runs.Seemed like I was fighting to get some done on the gas line nearly every day yet not making much progress. On the last day I was trying to finish installing the line before some predicted rain moved in and what a blessing it was to have a volunteer come out and help clean out the trench and bury the line!


Granddad also came out and helped pick up all the limbs from my orchard pruning with our volunteer so we’re ready to mow. With the rain, sunshine and warmer weather things are greening up and it won’t be long before the grass will need a hair cut! I know the winter wheat we’ve left in as a cover crop certainly has been taking off! Also I noticed “The Big Elm Tree” (affectionately called because it’s been a big elm tree ever since Great Grandpa bought the farm back in 1955!) is at about 1/3 bloom already!

G-Jean and I took some time and transplanted seedlings throughout the vast majority of the big hoop house and then she went ahead and broadcast seeded some crops for harvest as young greens. I was running a race with the weather and had to get the gas line completed so we could put a small fire in the hoop house once the transplants were in the ground! After the transplants were in the ground and I’d moved some others out to the big hoop house to harden off the Lord blessed us with a couple of cloudy days which were a real blessing to help the plants “settle in”!

With some of our high winds I noticed that small sections of the big hoop house’s newly installed plastic film had begun slipping in the “U” channel and working its way out! In the past we’ve reused the wiggle wire a time or two on the little hoop house and chicken palace without incident so I had reused the wiggle wire on the big hoop house when we re-covered it. Apparently the big hoop house will need new wiggle wire every time the film is replaced due to the extra pressure and tension created from the larger sheet of plastic. I was thankful for Jena’s help one day and she helped me get all the plastic re-stretched and new wiggle wire installed on both ends.

Step by small inch we’re gaining ground towards fixing up the little hoop house so we can transplant into it as well. Lord willing I will be extending it four feet so we can have a little more space to harden off transplants. I will need to bend one bow, rebuild some on both ends and find out what other details need attention before we will be able to re-cover the little hoop house again.

G-Jean very shallowly tilled the garden areas again with the Kubota’s rototiller to break the crust from the last rains. It was a blessing to receive about another 1/4″ of rain again this past weekend!

Jena choreographed a dance for some teens at our church and they did a performance at a youth talent show. I attended with Jena and was proud of both how well the teens did as well as Jena’s ability to choreograph and teach them! Yep, I’m a proud big brother and not afraid to say it!

May you have a blessed week!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew