Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Harrowing the Garden with an Ox --- Day 2

May 29th, 2011

The garden was drying out a little. Sherry got a few early things planted --- lettuce, radishes, and such that can take a little frost. I tilled it once more and then Scout the Ox and I gave it it's final harrowing. The green clump is garden chives that come back early in the spring. Scout developed a taste for them last fall and seeing his opportunity couldn't resist the temptation. Watch.

Sarah said...
Nice that you have someone to help you with the garden :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Harrowing the Garden with an Ox --- Day 1

May 8, 2011

We enlarged the garden this year. After Scout the Ox and I hauled in some topsoil to fill low spots, and I roto-tilled what was previously lawn, Scout came in handy to do the harrowing. Harrowing levels the seed bed, breaks up the soil, and helps kill weeds. This Spring harrowing had the added bonus of drying and warming the soil; it was very wet and looking like we wouldn't get our early crops planted. The frost came out late and the ground was much too soft for the garden tractor.

What a good boy! Thank you for sharing this. brianzpartner
on YouTube

Friday, May 27, 2011

School Girls Learn About Oxen and Yokes

Mackenzie and Annamae Try Out the Ox Yoke

Centreville, Mich. --- Centreville High School teacher Rob Collins tried something new with his sociology class this spring. The students studied something old: early Michigan farming and home activities as it tied into a unit about culture. Here students Mackenzie and Annamae learned about oxen and yokes at the demonstration on early Michigan farming.

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 Original work by Rosalie Currier currier@sturgisjournal.com Posted May 25, 2011 @ 07:02 AM

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oxen Turn Sod for Blue Ridge Institute and Museum Building Addition

Oxen Team "Nip and Tuck" Stand Ready to Turn the Sod
Photo courtesy of Ferrum College

April 20, 2011 Ferrum College in historic Virginia found a novel use for the oxen at the neighboring farm museum. They replaced the usual administrators and politicians, wielding golden shovels, with "Nip and Tuck," the oxen team, yoked to a walking plow. The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum preserves Appalachian culture and mountain lore near Ferrum, Virginia.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fire and Ox

Scout the Ox crosses the fire-line; prairie restoration controlled burn, May 5th, 2011.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Ox and the Frog(s)

    (April 25th, 2011)



De la Grenouille & du Boeuf
Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, mises en Ryme Francoise.
Auec la vie dudit Esope extraite de plusieurs
 autheurs par M. Antoine du Moulin Masconnois.
 A Lyon, Par Iean de Tournes, & Guillaume Gazeau. 1547


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

American Impressionist Painting of Oxen Team Plowing with Walking Plow

Fall Plowing
Edward Henry Potthast (1857 - 1927)

Edward Henry Potthast was an American painter who was influenced by French Impressionism.

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