Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Thistles. I got 'em....

....and I ain't even mad.

I've been picking thistles every day for the goaties. They just love them. It's a total win since the thistles are so good for the soil. Everyone is happy and my soil is improved. Who would have guessed that such spiny, prickly plants can become luscious goat milk, which fattens the pigs, which becomes bacon. Isn't it an amazing process?

I've also been cutting some alfalfa for the ladies every day. I can't do my big hay cutting project this week because it's going to rain. I need 3 dry days in a row for the cutting and the raking and the drying...and then finally dragging it into the barn. It's a lot of work but I'm really looking forward to it.

Happy Tuesday everyone! Do you have thistles? Are you mad or are you making bacon with them?


David said...

How are thistles good for the soil?

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey dave! they are VERY deeply rooted. so when i yank them out or they die off in winter they empty spaces fill with water and they bust up my extremely bad soil. they are invasive but wow they really work to break up all this clay.

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