Yard and Garden

17 May

I haven’t shared much lately about anything but kids and the goats’ health, so I thought I’d take today to catch you up.  My dad got a tractor and tiller, so he tilled my garden.

He did an amazing job!  It was really nicely done.

planting sweet corn

I learned my lesson from last year and waited until our frost free date before I bought plants.  I don’t want to have to plant this thing twice.

I managed to get it all planted with some help from my mom.

However, I’m pretty sure the garden grew in size.

Can you see the tomatoes planted in there?

I am so glad we got some rain.  I’m especially glad for the rain because my water was not working up north, but it is working again now.  I don’t know what was wrong.

In yard news, you might remember my dad was helping me mow, but he is not a fan of mowing my yards (with good reason).

my dad’s big mower with the Little Farm Hand and my son

With the death of the “lawn ornament,” I decided I had to suck it up and be a grownup and get me a big girl mower.

Brand new!

I tried it out, and it does a pretty good job; although I am not used to these new mowers and where all the necessary levers and pedals are located.

mowing around the garden

I do think I need to haul in some dirt (or compost or barn cleanings) to fill in a bunch of the rough spots though because it is really, really rough and hard to get through the dips and ditches.  Which is part of why my dad doesn’t want to mow it.

It is ridiculously rough.  And my yard has lots of fences and trees and little spots that make it hard to do a good job.

Sky in the freshly mowed yard

That means I also need to replace my push mower to do a better job of getting close to everything. (It might have gotten hay and goat pellets in the gas tank over the winter a couple of years ago. Don’t know how that would happen.)

Rain!

16 May

I know I’ve mentioned how dry we’ve been–moderate drought according to the weatherman.  I am happy to say that we’ve had some rain the last couple of days.  I wasn’t sure it was going to hit us on Saturday.  When I hit the video, it showed us barely getting a sprinkle.

I went out and watched the clouds, and they kept coming closer.

I hoped we’d get at least some rain.

I found the panorama button on my phone.

Finally, it rained!  It really rained!

I watched out one window.

Darn finger got int he way again.

The dog watched out another window.

Sky

I couldn’t even see which goat was in the door of the barn.

We really got some rain!

When it finished, I went out to see how much rain we got.  Some little goslings were happy with it.

Aurora didn’t look so happy with it.

Aurora

I think we got about an inch of rain.

I am thrilled!

Some of the Kids

15 May

Tonight you just get some of the kids.  They are already growing.

Gidget’s girl Diva (with brother Dusty behind her)

Tippy again

Queenie

Mia–I’ve quit giving the kids bottles, and they are still doing well

Maisie with kids Tippy, Tawny, and Tara

Jasmine (front) and Aladdin

Glory (another of Ava’s kids) after licking the salt block

Geo–one of Ava’s triplets

I can’t believe I’ll be able to wean them in just of  couple of weeks.