Friday, August 13, 2010

August is a time for being indoors (or in the pool)!

Wow, is it hot! The trees are hanging on...barely. We have not added a well at Walnut Ridge yet, so the trees are fending for themselves. The neighbor did allow us to use his well, but I hate to wear out our welcome. God has provided some needed rain...that is always nice.






The big event for the month has been the McGee family outing. They enjoyed Walnut Ridge's hills and valley to practice shooting, have fun with the grandkids, and spend time as a family.
Here is a great website that I have newly found. It contains some great ideas for how we can develop Walnut Ridge. www.hobbyfarms.com















Monday, June 14, 2010

Sapling Growth

The view of the future...




Warm weather has arrived at Walnut Ridge; however,tonight was rather enjoyable. A front was moving through which provided a nice cool breeze while I was bush hogging. Occasionally there will be a deer or other animals watching me mow. I only saw where deer had been--the grass is really matted down. Hopefully they keep using the land until winter when I can put one of them in the freezer.


Southwest view




Southeast--taken from tractor




Early March the six of us worked to plant almost 250 saplings: Loblolly Pine, Norway Spruce, White Oak, Tulip Poplar, Hazelnut, Persimmon, Redbud, White Dogwood, and Sumac. Included in the post are pictures of some of the saplings with three months growth. We had mixed results with a few saplings not making it through spring, but many did. We learned a lot about how to plant them and how to better care for them. Next spring we'll do it all again...with even better results...maybe.

Hazelnut Sapling




Oak Sapling



Norway Spruce Sapling





Loblolly Pine Sapling



Sumac Sapling



Persimmon Sapling




Monday, June 7, 2010

Welcome to the Walnut Ridge Farm, Ozark, MO







The Walnut Ridge Farm is located just south of the Ozark, MO city limits. It is 20 acres of waiting to be developed fields with about two acres of trees. We have many ideas, some plans, and a whole lot of creativity. We are thankful that the Lord has blessed us with the land and look forward to making it into our homestead for many years to come. We are a very blessed family with great expectations for the future.



The farm gets its name from all of the walnut trees growing on the southern ridge.