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After One Week

17 Jun

Last Monday was my last day teaching, and I think we’re settling into summer mode here on the farm.  Sky is implementing his plan of lounging in the house.  He goes between the pillows and the air conditioner vent.

Sky

Snickers is embracing his role a supervisor.  He is into supervises everything I do.

Snickers

He did approve my job of planting strawberries.

Although, you can see I still have lots of work to do in the yard.  The rainy spring made has made it hard to make much progress outside.  I did, however, get the garden completely planted.

The hen is still free ranging.  I also have Mama Phoenix set up so I can put her outside for some fresh air.  I also gave her time to take a dirt bath the other day.  She’s doing amazingly well.

Mama Phoenix, free range hen, and Nugget

Not only do I have a hen free ranging, but one gosling decided that it was a good idea.  Sadly, the other gosling died in a freak accident.

The kids are growing.

Button

Zinnia and Joy

Even though  he’s still tiny compared to Frisco, Penny’s littlest boy, Pipsqueak is getting bigger.

Frisco and Pipsqueak

Lucky enjoys bouncing on his maa, Bambi.

Lucky and Bambi

The March kids are really getting big!

Poki

I guess this is one way to get my gutters cleaned out.

All of my hiking in the back Forty looking for kids has given me plenty of opportunities to bird watch and see dragonflies.  Sadly, I seldom have my camera at those times.

red headed woodpecker and Baltimore oriole

dragonfly

I am so glad to be on summer break!

Planting

10 Jun

I have to say that I am really lucky to be where I’m at.  We’re wet.  Planting has been a struggle, but we haven’t had any of the devastating floods they have all around us.  Finally, last Monday, I looked into the field and saw tracks.  They managed to get in and plant.  It was obviously still too wet, but it is done.

I noticed those tracks when I was up checking out the garden.  It was tilled Monday evening!  Seriously, this is the first it’s been dry enough to till.

I brought my gardening stuff up there and the planting began on Tuesday!

I am so glad we put the hydrant in, so I have water right there and don’t have to carry it like the last time I had a garden up here.

It’s still a work in progress because of work, goats, heat, and such, but I’m getting there.  So far the deer have only sampled one cherry tomato (pulled it right out of the ground and left it to die).

I was worse than the deer because I didn’t make it up there to water the ones still waiting to be put in the ground.  Unfortunately, I lost a few plants. It will all be good though.

tomato and pepper plants

It should be completely planted in the next day or so.  I also got a few strawberry plants to put in pots.  Sadly, they were neglected too.

I put them in the sink and poured water on them every time I walked past, and they seem to have made a pretty amazing recovery!

Now I need to get them in pots too.

Spring is in Full Swing

30 Apr

It’s hard to believe May is upon us.  Yet, looking in my back yard, I see evidence of spring everywhere.

It’s so green!  The leaves are on the trees now, and the dandelions have already had a banner year.

Beyond the fruit trees, lies my garden.  Well, hopefully it will become a garden again.  It’s horribly overgrown with weeds.  We’ve had four weekends in a row of rain.  I’m grateful for the rain, but it makes it almost impossible to get anything done outside. 

The herb garden is not faring much better.  There are scrub maple and mulberry trees that need to be cut out.  Weeds need to be pulled. 

The apple mint is taking over.  I know it’s invasive, but when I planted the apple mint, I was smart about it.  I had my dad cut the bottom out of a five-gallon bucket, buried it, and planted the mint in the bucket.  That way, it’s roots couldn’t spread.  Somehow, my buck cracked down the side, and the mint has escaped!

The wormwood is also trying to take over.  I love the silvery green leaves, but I had no idea it was so invasive.  If only I could figure out how to turn it into herbal wormer for the goats, I’d be in business.

My little patch of chives aren’t looking too hot.  I don’t know if the mild winter was hard on them or what the problem is. 

Still, they are starting to bloom.

My strawberries also have a lot of blooms.  It looks like I’ll be making jam or cake soon.

Spring is certainly in full swing!

Linking to You Capture where the theme is spring.

Linking to The First of the Month.  We’re following one topic throughout the year and showcasing it on the first of each month. (I know I’m a day early, but it’s going to be a hectic week.)  Below is my yard on the first of January – April.