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What I’m Not Doing

30 Jul

My garden this year has been a bust.  Between the late start, early heat with tons of rain, then dry, and…  Well, it’s been neglected.

I actually mowed it once between the tomatoes and stuff.  The okra grew quickly in the heat and humidity, so it will produce later in the summer.

The tomatoes are doing well also.

I’m pretty sure, even if they are totally covered by the grass and weeds, I’m still going to have a good crop.

I’ve picked a few cucumbers and a couple of zucchini.

Unfortunately, I have lost some zucchini plants to squash vine borers.  I hate them.

I don’t know how to get rid of them since they are in the soil.

acorn squash (not touched by squash vine borers so far)

I think that means I want to move my garden up north; hopefully it won’t have them up there.  I also want to dig some of the baby plum trees and start them up north.

baby plum tree

My big plum tree that I moved here from my mom’s place is not looking good–too many severe weather years and yard goats.

It’s also twenty years old.  Although, if they hang on, it looks like there will be quite a few this fall.

I have a couple bigger young trees that my nephew said he’d help me move with the backhoe.  We’ll see how that works.

So my garden is largely a bust for this year, but I’m looking at improvements and changes for next year.

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Getting Through

17 May

I think I’m getting through most of the stuff I need to do to get the herd back to healthy.  The vet came yesterday, and we treated the rest of the goats.  I just hope it’s soon enough that everyone can recover.  Mary has been very ill.

Mary

After everyone got treated, I put Lily, Vixen, Vinnie, Pistol and Antigone back with the rest of the herd.  Luckily, there wasn’t much fighting.  I hope that continues.

Pistol, Antigone, Lily, Vinnie, Vixen, Maggie and I can’t tell who’s clear back there.

I do have four yearling girls that I haven’t given a copper capsule to because I planned on selling them this summer.  I don’t want to keep them another six months, so they will be leaving the farm this weekend.

Viera

I also need to wean some kids.  Then I can put them in another area and feed them hay that didn’t come from my farm and make sure they have plenty of minerals.

Reva with Loki (and Zisa on the other side)

I will probably also sell the kids this weekend other than the ones I am keeping (or already have homes for).  Then I just have to hope that the copper helps those babies coming in June.

Cookie

Sidney (yes, she is pregnant; hopefully just one)

I am really looking forward to getting this under control and having their health improve again.

Treating the Herd

16 May

It has been a great relief to find out what is wrong with my herd.  I took some of the hay from my bottom to be analyzed, and the results were surprising.  Remember, I said the average ppm (parts per million) of copper in my county is 16.7.  My hay came back as 1 ppm.

It’s no wonder my poor babies have been struggling lately.  Seriously, I have been very frustrated the last several years.  I have goat specific minerals coming, and I hope that will be enough to keep the rest of my kids safe.

Antigone

But my copper capsules arrived for the big goats on Monday!

I gathered everything together and prepared to give the capsules to the goats.

Of course, since I ordered them before I knew the dosage, I had to divide them in half.  It was interesting to see the little copper rods that fill the capsules.

Then I used the idea from one of my goat sisters (Thank you, Tracy!) to get most of the goats to eat them without any fuss or muss.

Peanut butter was the perfect glue to put the peanut back together with the capsule in it.

Although, it was a bit of a mess.

Cookie

Dolly was my first to try it, and most really did do well.  I have done most of my pregnant goats and the ones in the worst shape done.

Dolly

There are probably a few more I can get them down tonight, but then I need someone to help me with the last few because we’re going to have to use a pill pusher with them.  I should start to see a difference in their health within a few weeks.