One of our rabbits kindled yesterday. We finally found the kittens in the barn…and my oldest son found out how protective mama cats can be.
The goats still haven’t kidded. You have to be kidding! We thought Sweet Pea was in labor on the 6th. Nothing. Nothing. Just uncomfortable girls chewing cud.
Broilers are coming along nicely. They are scheduled for freezer camp on the 26th but we plan to send some early. Early birds shouldn’t be above 5 pounds and that would be good. They’re pretty hard on the alfalfa that we just cut for hay. If we could just get some rain…
The pigs are settling in well. They still don’t like us but they know we bring food. It’s a step.
That’s about it. What’s going on at your place?
Busy days on the farm! Lots of new life. Has to be exciting for your kidlets. I enjoy reading your blog! ~~Rhonda
Getting the brooder ready for a batch of broilers comng in a couple of weeks. Mowing way too much grass (we need sheep). Haymaking going on all around us. Desperately trying to get a bed ready for all the seedlings bursting out of the cold frame. Bugging my neighbour (the crazy busy haymaker) in the nicest way possible (I’m bribing with eggs) to come and rototill the potato patch (he promised a month ago) – I want to get going on this, but I do understand the hay thing – this is the first time in three years we’ve had more than 3 days of sun in a row between April and June, so I’m practicing patience. Love those kittens!
This is a tough time of year. Exciting, busy, tiring but rewarding. Soon we’ll be basking in the glory of July heat just in time for the weeds to take over the garden. You know, nights where the low temperature is around 90 and the humidity is around 90. Just something to look forward to!
No tiller? Mulch heavily, plant the potatoes in the mulch and mulch heavily again.
One of the kittens is missing its tail!
That kitten is obviously called Bob then…
Thanks for the idea about the mulch – that’s the no-till method, right?
Bob…lol. I’ll send that to the naming committee (kids) for approval.
I don’t know what to call it. Bill Mollison suggested it at a series of lectures in 1981. Ruth Stout did it for years but I don’t have any direct quotes…it’s just her method.
Here’s Mollison:”If you wish to start a garden on lawn, just go straight on to it. At home, we have people who keep mulching across their lawn. This year, you decide that a bit of lawn is going to be a garden, so you mulch straight across it, and in a small handful of soil you plant all your little plants through the mulch. Put your potatoes at the base, and go straight into garden.”