It’s been a busy week/end. Lots getting done, both on and off the farm. This morning I took a whole bunch of pictures, so I can show y’all what’s been happening here. 🙂
Took about 4 hours to get it all done. This is just last year’s patch. Under the carpet wasn’t ready to till yet, so it will form the bulk of next year’s garden.
We’re working on moving the garden from the back corner of the yard to around front. Having discussed this yesterday, we’ve agreed that we didn’t buy out here just to cut more grass. Nope. We bought so we could get closer to self-sufficiency. That means a bigger garden. It also means that where the garden is now, will form part of the chicken yard come next spring.
The way our pasture is set up, it’s really only good for equines…maybe a calf or two. But it’s not set up in a way that makes having chickens out there feasible. There’s no way to have them in the pasture with the horses…chickens eat grain. Ruby eats everything. She weighs about 1100 lbs, and can go through a fence if she so chooses. Chickens won’t have grain long, if the chicken coop and yard are in the pasture!!
So they’ll get the garden, next year.
When we bought the farm ( 😛 ), we bought a new bed and frame. The old frame^^^ is going to be used to trellis peas and pole beans. I’ll use baling twine to create a web for the plants to climb.
Funny story…that bed frame has been against the white fence all winter long. The girls have walked past it, sniffed it, scratched against it a bazillion times. Yesterday, Hubby moves it away from the fence and sets it up in the garden. The girls freaked out. Suddenly this was something new, and clearly it was going to leap the fence and kill them. They stared, they snorted, they whinnied, they trotted in circles, and then they decided to run and hide in the willows. *rolls eyes* Horses can be so stupid sometimes! LOL!
I was going to cut the grass today(we keep losing Daphne in it, it’s so tall!), but it rained like mad last night, so it’s too wet. The Kid’s garden is there, though, and she got her sunflowers planted yesterday.
In order to plant, she dug out this:
and finally, this:
She made the decision she wanted them out of there, and she dug them out and re-potted them herself.
The girls are officially on pasture alone. Once they stopped coming to eat hay, we stopped putting it down. We have about 650 lbs left, which is good, because we’re looking at getting a calf to fatten up ’til November, when he’ll got to freezer camp. Yes, I know it’s usually 2 years of grass feed before slaughter, however, we need to get meat in the freezer for this winter too.
Whatever calf we get will have to be separate from the girls for a few weeks, so we’ll feed him the hay, while moving the corral panels around for him too.
Last weekend we stopped to pick up a couple of pieces we had made for the farm.
Yup, BigFoot guards our back steps. 😉
I am not Catholic, but I have always been drawn to St. Frances. Could be why the unwanted, unloved, lost and damaged animals keep finding me. 😉
I have wanted a statue for years, and finally, it was time to get one.
Edited to add:
We’re coming up on 100 posts here at Midnight Calico Farm. Keep watching for the reveal of the Farm logo, and a giveaway to come with that 100th post!