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Where Cotton Comes From



Gather the kids around today folks because explaining where cotton comes from is a heck of a lot easier than explaining where these


come from. I am NOT looking forward to that talk. Email any and all advice though – I hear that you never know when they’ll ask.


We planted cotton exactly the same way we planted corn… no discing, no plowing. The grain drill allows us to plant the seeds without disturbing the earth.

In some fields, we planted right on top of the rye (I’ll explain how that happens tomorrow).


The Cotton Husband likes to check on the seeds every now and then. This is a seed just a few short days after planting:


See it? See that blue thing next to those dirty fingers?  That’s it!



And you can also see the very small sprout coming out. We’ve been irrigating the cotton a little but have received wonderful, blessed rains over the past couple days – that cotton won’t look like that next time CH goes out to check. Soon it’ll be popping out of the ground just like the corn. We hope. Was that tempting fate to make that statement? Hmmmmm. I take it back then. Making a statement like that is just asking for trouble.

I have come to learn that farmers are superstitious creatures . It’s become second nature to me to hang clothes on the line in order to tempt the rain to fall. In desperate times I may even wash my car. But we have to be pretty desperate for that.

May 5, 2009 - 7:28 am

anna - Let’s hope these rains keeping coming at just the right time all summer, our husbands will be a little less stressed I think. Cute post. I see your garden is coming along, I’ve got cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, butter beans and cabbage planted in the flower beds and pots this year!

May 5, 2009 - 7:57 am

Carrie T - Let it rain, let it rain. That’s what I keep saying and it’s working so far.

I learn something new everytime I visit your blog!

May 5, 2009 - 8:09 am

Tammy at The Butterfly Mind - It doesn’t seem to want to stop raining here, but since we’re in a drought, I’ll take it! I forget how to explain where babies come from (my baby is 28). Sorry. But I do look forward to watching cotton grow!

May 5, 2009 - 9:40 am

Caution - By the time we got around to talking to each of the two oldest kids, they said they already knew everything – and they did. I was a little sad but quite relieved.

Cotton seeds are blue? Why?

May 5, 2009 - 5:36 pm

Kat - swore I’d never marry a farmer that depended on the weather. Danged if I didn’t marry a “tree farmer” who wants rain to make the seedlings grow and no rain to get the cut trees out! My granddaddy Peffer always said to hand a black snake from a tree limb and rain would come. Don’t think I want to try that one.

May 5, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Kat - that was “hang” a snake!

May 6, 2009 - 5:40 am

Fencepost - I love watching the cotton growing around here. There are a lot of cotton fields in my area, too. For some reason a lot of them haven’t been plowed this year. It makes me sad to think that maybe something happened to the one who plants those fields. Hopefully he’s just running late.

May 6, 2009 - 9:18 am

Kath - Planting time is always an exciting time. Such a cute little sprout!!!

The planting of the oats begins next week in WY for us. I am not going out there much this summer as our son Zach is taking my place so I can help prepare for the wedding that we would LOVE your expert photography skills at!! Hint. Hint.

May 6, 2009 - 9:35 am

Klutzy Mama - Huh. And all this time I thought cotton came from clouds! ;-)


Where’s Your Getaway?


Our pond weren’t built for no havin’ fun. It was built purely for farm use – for irrigation.



Nope – no fun to be had here.  No siree. This is a working pond.



Try telling that to my little waterbugs.

Our pond is perfect. It’s not at our house… so no curious little feet can wander over to it. Keith built it across the road, over at the Warthan Homeplace, which – really – was brilliant and not just for safety reasons.



There’s no phone. There’s no email inbox beckoning me. There’s no stove, no washing machine, the perpetually messy house is outta sight.



All we have to do is take a long walk (or a short drive) and we’re instantly On Vacation. Even if just for a little while.

Best of all – there’s no luggage to unpack!


Where is your favorite getaway?

April 30, 2009 - 7:31 am

Klutzy Mama - That sounds so nice!

April 30, 2009 - 8:42 am

Carrie T - My favorite getaway is the dirt track races. I love going and cheering TNT on. But I also love to sit down at the dock and fish at the lake. So peaceful when the sun is starting to go down and all the people are going back to their cabins.

April 30, 2009 - 10:17 am

MissCaron - WOW. How nice! Living in Florida has its advantages … each weekend I can drive to the beach and completely escape. It definitely tricks my mind into thinking I’m on vacation each weekend which is a super nice break from the stress of work. :-)

April 30, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Kelly - That’s a tough one! Though, if we’re packing up the bags and hitting the road, its back to the Smokie Mountains we go :)

April 30, 2009 - 1:01 pm

the Cotton Wife - Kelly,

My parents used to take us to Cherokee all the time. We loved it!

April 30, 2009 - 1:59 pm

Susan Marie - My favorite getaway is when I go visit the grandkids, and the only thing I have to be is their Nonna, spoiling them!

May 1, 2009 - 7:46 am

ellie k - My daughter lives on the Little Manatee river in Florida and I like to take a book and sit on her dock and just read and watch nature. Somtime manatee surface and even a dophin jumps and plays at times.

May 1, 2009 - 7:37 pm

anna - Ya’ll are some kind of country!! Cute pics of the girls.

May 2, 2009 - 10:34 am

Tammy at The Butterfly Mind - It’s our pond! Much like yours, it’s really for irrigation, but we’ve dressed it up with a dock for diving and lots of pretty flowers all around. The dogs have more fun than anyone! Who do they think they are???!!!

May 2, 2009 - 6:33 pm

Jemm - I love these pictures!! So sweet and summery :)

May 4, 2009 - 12:31 am

Karen - I always love your photos. Your girls are beautiful.
My favorite spot to get away is Lake Tahoe. It is on the California/Nevada border.

May 11, 2009 - 5:42 am

Cozs_Gurl - I think you BLOG is my getaway!!! LOL… we don’t have much time to go anywhere… But I deff enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting down to read what is happening at the farm!!


Prepping the Fields


While this field sure is pretty, all of those weeds won’t do the corn any favors. They’ll suck up all of the nutrients and moisture and the poor, poor corn will struggle to grow.



This is the “look” we want. We want those weeds to be scarcer than hen’s teeth.



That’s where this comes in. We get our chemical/seed/fertilizer people (small town people multitask real well)  to come out and spray those weeds bye-bye.



And then the itty-bitty corn has the field all to itself.

I’m hoping in the next few weeks it won’t be so itty-bitty. I’ll keep you updated!

April 28, 2009 - 12:53 pm

Carrie T - Come on corn grow grow grow!!!

April 28, 2009 - 4:57 pm

Caution - I loved the weedy field and that is exactly why nothing of worth ever grows here.