Sunday, July 14, 2019

Poppy - Profile of a Little Goat

Name:  Flower's Ole Lake Poppy

AKA: Poppy
Born:  April 8, 2019

AKA: The Instigator

AKA: Houdini

Born to: Berube's Split Rock Vinca

Sired by: The Sweet Escape Bold Ranger

Twin to:  Tamarack

Favorite Food:  MILK!

Hidden talent:  Digging and burrowing 

Motto:  Why let a little thing like a solid wooden fence get between me and MILK!

It's It's been a fun week!  Until next time, be well friends!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Mostly a Garden Update

The kids haven't been in the blog much lately, but they are all still with us.  This weekend we separated them from the does - there are a bunch of unhappy goats around here!

Their new paddock adjoins the does' pasture so they can visit.  They made short work of a low hanging branch - but doesn't Vinca look crabby in the background!
So many people ask "what's that stuff you have growing by the road?"  It's the buckwheat and it is just starting to bloom.  Kevin mowed most of it down today.  We don't know if it will regrow or not; it's an experiment to see what it does.  If it doesn't grow back Kevin will disc it in and replant the field with something else - most likely winter rye.

Now for the garden update. 

Kevin pushed the sprawling piles of woodchips into one bigger pile.  I've gotten some of it hauled in to the garden and spread around - less than 10 % I would guess, but it's a start.
 One of the garden circles contains kale and swiss chard - I've been harvesting the baby leaves and today mulched it with grass clippings.
 The other circle has some small tomatoes in the middle and bush beans around the edge.  In both of them the soil has settled quite a bit.  Next year I will be adding a few more inches.

The straw bales seem to be doing ok - all of them have some grain sprouting from them - some more than others.  This isn't really a problem as it pulls right out.  They are planted with squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, and peppers.

There are more tomatoes in pots, and I have this old tank planted with arugula and lettuce.  The arugula is doing well and I have been picking little leaves from it already, but the lettuce didn't come up very well.  Today I replanted and covered it with a shade cloth.  Maybe I will get some fall lettuce out of there.

That's probably enough for this post.  Until next time, be well friends.

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 1, holiday week

Well, you may have noticed there wasn't a post last week.although I normally have a new one weekly at this time of year.

I have a good excuse. I was sick.

It  began with some sore muscles on Saturday (the 22nd) that had no reason to be sore.  Then on Sunday, fatigue, head ache, more soreness  and the beginning of the fever and joint pain.  I wasn't too bad that morning when I had a visit from a nice fellow by the name of Riley Nelson.  He was here to interview me for  a video he is making for Sprout - that's the organization that puts on the market that we vend at in the fall/winter. When that video is done and available I will be sure to let you know.  

 He takes a pretty good selfie, but then he is a professional!

Anyway, things went downhill from there and by afternoon I knew I was sick and had a pretty good idea what it was - one of those tick things. A visit to the clinic on Monday and an antibiotic, lots of rest and by Friday I was pretty much back to normal.  Blood work isn't back yet so don't know which nasty I have.

We have aquired some big piles of woodchips that will be moving into the garden to cover up all that black plastic.  It's pretty slow going, especially having been sick, but it'll get done (and thank you Jan H for sharing your woodchip pile!)

Tuesday was a pretty big day around here too, although I missed out on it.  Two staff persons of Senator Tina Smith's were in the area visiting farms and our place was one of their stops.  I hear that Kevin did a nice job of giving them a  tour and explaining what he is doing to promote soil health.

A turkey update - Peanut's poults are really growing.  Our other turkey hen, Penelope seems to be setting again; hopefully there will be a better outcome for her this time.

Three days of views from the milking stand - Friday - pre-hay cutting.  Do you see the little white specks out there?

How about now?

That's Peanut and her flock.

Saturday morning - the hay has been cut.

Sunday morning - the hay is in the barn.  Not as much as we had hoped for, but there should be a second cutting this fall.

A couple of random pictures here - took this one along the highway on my way to work Friday morning.  I have a very pretty drive and I mostly enjoy it but must be vigilant at all times for deer. Can you see all three fawns?

And this one son Kurt took out the window - those hens always seem to think I have a treat for them - spoiled!
I'll close here with a wheat update.  It's looking good -  tall, chest high on Kevin. 

Enjoy the holiday, celebrate our fine nation's independence safely, and be well friends!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Frost and Father's Day

Happy Father's Day all!

I will start this post with an updated view from the milking stand.  No combine in the way - it's been moved to the hayshed.  It was pretty cloudy this morning but we ended up with some nice sun.

What a difference a week makes - in the buckwheat field anyway!   This was last Sunday:

And this is today!
And did you know that buckwheat sprouts are a tasty salad green?


 These sprouts will join the lettuce from greenhouse in my bowl for a few days until they are too big.
Just pretend you don't see the weeds in there.  Actually, some of those are edible too!

I hope that 2019 will be known as a weird weather year;  hopefully this is not our new normal! Thursday morning the thermometer read 33 degrees and we had FROST!
It was mainly on the rooftops and vehicles at our place.  We were fortunate - nothing killed in the garden or out in the pumpkin patch.  Some of our farmer friends did sustain damage, some quite extensive.

So, it's about time for a garden update.  I have indicated before in this blog that the garden is getting a make-over.  I just do not have time to maintain it and by the end of last season it more resembled an unmowed lawn than a garden.  I cannot give it up entirely, and I did not want to lose the footprint of good soil that I have built up.  So, we covered it up.  It's not done yet, but here is a photo from the south side.

The south fence was in need of some repairs, so it has been removed.  Kevin got in there with the big tiller behind the tractor and made short work of that grass.  Then we rolled out 3,600 square feet of landscapers fabric and brought in garden circles, straw bales, and containers.  Most everything is planted and the next step will be getting some mulch down to cover up the ugly black plastic.  There is a temporary fence up on the south side to keep the chickens out, and eventually the wooden fence will be put back up.  I have never gardened with straw bales before, so will update you later on this summer on how that goes.

Speaking of the chickens - the hens were confined to the summer coop-yard but the wind let them out one day and they now have the run of the place again.

I got a good photo of Cornish today.  Her legs reveal her age and I would say she is the oldest hen I have and in my opinion, the most beautiful.  Some of my old gals will be have to be culled this fall to make room for the pullets, but not Cornish, Rocky, or Barak.

The roses are just starting to bloom - and no beetles yet.  I wish you could smell them!
The wheat is getting pretty tall.  This is the winter wheat that was planted last fall with the no-till planter. 

We seem to have lost one poult; Peanut still has eleven to keep track of though.  She had them up in the winter coop-yard this morning - they are growing fast! 

I guess this is called a photo-bomb??? Getting pictures of the young goats is getting more and more difficult!

Until next time, be well friends!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

June 9, 2019

Just a quick farm update this evening.

The buckwheat that Kevin and Rollie planted just last weekend liked the heat this week.  I enjoy the corduroy look of the field.

The little turkey flock is doing well but we aren't crazy about how far from the house Peanut takes them.   

Several times we have gone all way out to the woods to herd them back; closer to the farmyard please!


No comment for this one - just a kind of funny photo -

And from the goat pen.  Goats enjoy tree leaves and twigs as much as deer do.  Winky is the most agile at getting to the higher branches.

 "Up on your toes now!"   Mom Echo and little sister Tulip seem to be impressed!

Until next time, be well friends!