Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Pile o' Milo

In the attempt to become as sustaining as possible, we have grown some crops in fields throughout our time here. Some have been for us to eat, but also for chicken feed.

One we haven't tried but apparently works well around here is milo, and so last year I thought I would try that.

I planted in May I believe, and because of the drought and longer, hot summer, the milo was stunted, and took 4-5 months to really start to seed out. Here is what it looked like 1/3 of the way through November:

2018 Milo Field

2018 Milo Head

At that point, it was just a matter of if the seeds could mature before the freezes hit. Well, that sadly didn't really happen.

However, I've gone ahead and begun to harvest what's there, in the hopes that the chickens might eat it anyway. With the seeds being as immature as they are, I don't think that even a combine would do anything, so we're doing it by hand. At least it's not 11 acres of pulling weeds, like our cocklebur fight with the upper field! :D

Here are some buckets of collected milo heads:

Buckets of Milo Heads

And me scraping. I found a serrated knife worked best:

Scraping Milo Heads

And here is a bucket full of the scraped seeds. We have about 3 so far as of now:

Bucket of Scraped Milo Seeds

We are thankful to the Lord for these provisions and what He granted, as He is in no way obliged to grant us anything. :) And we pray for continued help in learning how to live in direct dependence on Him, both temporily and spiritually.

-- David


Nancy said...

Glad for your harvest!

David and Susan Sifford said...

Thank you much Nancy! And we are thankful to the Lord.

Thanks for saying hi too!

Judy said...

David and Susan, what variety of milo did you grow? Was it a tall or short plant?

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Mrs. B,

You know, I don't know what kind it was...the less expensive kind. :) There was milo that is typically planted because it apparently germinates better, but it was a lot more expensive, so I just planted quite a bit more of the cheaper stuff, and I believe it was still less expensive. I especially didn't want to spend the extra money the first time out, not knowing what would happen.

Thanks for saying hi!

-- David