Monday, December 19, 2011

Turnips & Wheat 2012

One of the things we've tried to get going here, but have had some difficulty, especially because of the drought, has been crops. A few years ago we tried oats, just hand spread on a field; some grew, and we harvested a few; but most went to the cows.

Last year we tried again, and the drought seemed to really keep things from flourishing. Again, we tried harvesting some literally by hand (pulling the grains off by hand) as they were pretty small to use the scythe against; and so, that was a pretty arduous task; and most of what was there went to the goats, which did help feed them, which was a good thing from our separatist perspective.

And so, this year we thought we'd try again, as we believe we should continue to try these types of things, leaving the results in God's hands. I decided to go with wheat, in hopes that if we are able to harvest some, we would be able to use some for human consumption vs. trying to use the oats, which have an extra hull around the grain kernel that's difficult to remove.

I also thought I'd throw some turnip seed in the ground to see what would happen.

Here is the field ready after plowing and planting. We were able to get the seed in the ground before the 5-inch+ rain we got several months ago. The turnip area is probably less than 1/4 acre, and the wheat area is a little over 3 acres, I believe:

Wheat 2012 Oct 8


Here are the turnips on Nov 9:

Turnips 2012 Nov 9


And the other day on Dec 17:

Turnips 2012 Dec 17


This is the wheat on Nov 9 and 10:

Wheat 2012 Nov 9
Wheat 2012 Nov 10


And again, the other day on Dec 17 (the more empty place on the left of the first picture is where the geese have eaten it down, but it looks like it's coming back):

Wheat 2012 Dec 17
More Wheat 2012 Dec 17


It appears the chickens and geese love both the turnips and the wheat grass, but I'm pretty sure they can't eat it all. :)

The Lord has graciously granted rainfall to continue the growth, even when it looked like things were starting to fade away some, and we pray that He might grant a harvest, so that we can further separate from dependence on a world that is at war with our love, the Lord Jesus Christ.

-- David

4 comments:

ChrisW said...

Are you growing the turnips for human or livestock consumptions?

- Chris

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Chris,

I would think mostly for animals. We might try a few ourselves though...maybe can/jar some? Maybe try drying some?

-- David

Anonymous said...

Dear Siffords

I pray God grants you continued provision and sanctification. We don't have the land in order to do a grain crop of any great amount. I am planning, Lord willing, to hand harvest some from a nearby farm and process it here at the house so we have some experience with the whole cycle. I pray you and the community have peace during these last moments of the pagan festival days.

=Todd

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Todd,

Thank you for the prayers, and we pray the Lord guide and help you in your process.

Thanks for saying hi.

-- David