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.

Monday, August 4, 2014


I was never a morning person before I got to The Good Land. I could barely make it to my corporate job by 9:30am.... and I only had a 15 or 20 minute commute. Now I wake up with the sun - the earlier the better.

An Amish field near us.

A very wise man once told me that one hour in the morning is worth more than two in the afternoon. For whatever reason that is absolutely true. I get so much more done in the morning.

There is such a thing as "too" early... but that's only because the sun sets so late. I really don't like the 9:30pm sunset. I used to love it. Going to the beach to watch the sunset and dusk at 10 at night was a treat... now I end up going to bed before the chickens want to go in.

Pretty little sunflower near my basil box.

Right now is actually the perfect time of year. It gets to be about dark at about 9 at night so I do evening chores starting at about 8pm. It gets light just before 6am and that is exactly right if you ask me. This allows me to get several hours of work in before 9am... when I let the barnyard masses out. I like to have the dogs running loose with me in the morning so I keep the hennies and ducks cooped up while I do the morning work and the dogs dog-around.

Early morning is a great time for planting and hoeing. It's better to plant while it's cool and damp - less stressful on the little seedlings and they are not burned in the hot sun. Weeding and hoeing in the morning allows some of the dew to get mixed down into the plants roots and pulls the weeds up to wilt in the hot afternoon sun.

Morning lights up this bloom.

Getting these things done in the morning allows for the soil and grass to dry out for tilling and mowing in the afternoon. It's a great little system.

Today I am working on more clearing. We need to have a big burnpile and yesterday it was just too wet. We are bushwacking our way down into the woods. I was really happy to see that there was a glorious little meadow where those trees came down last winter. The goats will come with me to graze while I'm working down there. Unfortunately they chickens think that the newly mowed pathways are really amazing so now I have a horde of jungle chickens also coming along.

Happy Monday everyone - are you a morning person?


Unknown said...

Not a morning person...though I really wish I could be. The mornings are so very lovely, especially before all the energy gets to moving. And you are absolutely correct...you get so much more done in the morning than in the afternoon...and I have no explanation for that. I'm still working on the morning thing, because it really is a shame to not use it!!! Have a terrific day OFG!!

Vera said...

I get up early as well, between five and six am, which get the day off to a good start. It is a wonderful time of the day....all fresh and full of anticipation about the hours of the day ahead. I have zero energy between 3 and 5 pm so normally have a nap, which I feel justified in doing because 1) I am up so early, and 2)I can't keep my eyes open anyway!

Weekend Cowgirl said...

I am not really a morning person, but I force myself to get up and get things done before it gets hot! Sounds like you are very busy!!! Don't you love the goats?!

Unknown said...

Im a morning person as well and though i dont have meadows to walk and livestock to attend i do get alot of work done at that time. Im not surprised your chookies are going with you, harking back to the past of being forest dwellers. Sounds like you have a lovely morning routine.

David said...

Definitely a morning person. Love the cool mornings.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks Sidney!

Vera, I would love to nap..but I just cant do it. I keep trying tho.

Don't you just get so much more done, WCG?

Thanks Lynda, the chickens have learned to follow me around. I'm usually digging and they get the worms.

It's so much easier to work in the cool mornings... whew its been hot the last couple days!

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