A Slice of My Life

Yesterday was a break in the constant rain. Yeah, I know, shouldn’t complain about rain when others aren’t getting. Really though, we’re soggy. Parts of my pasture are still under water. Oh, we have darn good growth out there. Some of it too much-which sounds crazy, with 4 giant grass eaters, but they, like most horses, are picky. Once the grass gets too long, it’s not as palatable to them, so they don’t eat it. That’s when we mow it…but if it’s to wet to get out there with the mower…well, you can see where that might be a problem.

Anyways, with yesterday’s break we worked on weeding some of the garden spaces. Sadly, nothing has been planted, because weeds got away on us in the non stop rain. I mean, seriously got away on us…

That's my garden...

That’s my garden…

It’s overgrown with grass, thistles, stinging nettle, wild canola and clover.
*sigh*
Same with my 9 smaller raised beds. Yesterday, though, we cleaned out 6 of the 9 and I planted some of the starts I had in the basement…I have no expectations from them. After forgetting my first rounds of tomatoes and peppers (they died without water) being busy with Sable’s hoof issues over spring, I replanted things. Well, surprise! I forgot about them again. *facepalm*
And so, if you know me at all, you have an idea of how hard on me this has been, no garden.
The past 3 summers have been like this, while I’m adjusting to planting out here, compared to the city. I’ll get it yet, but it’s been a hard learning curve…one that’s left me a little bruised and battered feeling.

My half dead cukes...they did perk up with watering, so I'm cautiously hopeful.

My half dead cukes…they did perk up with watering, so I’m cautiously hopeful.

Sad peppers...:( Including 3 Thai Chili Peppers.  Fingers crossed?

Sad peppers… 😦
Including 3 Thai Chili Peppers.
Fingers crossed?

Chocolate mint...in a bag wrapped tomato cage, to protect it from the hoard of cats...at least until it gets firmly established.

Chocolate mint…in a bag wrapped tomato cage, to protect it from the hoard of cats…at least until it gets firmly established.

The other boxes I put in some bush bean seeds. Bush beans are fast growers, and hopefully, we can get some from them. And, well, as I clear more of the big bed, I’m putting more bean seeds in there. Beans is definitely something we love to eat here. πŸ™‚

And, underneath all the frustrations from not having the garden planted, there is the knowledge that all those weeds, as I pull them out, are still contributing to the winter food supply. How’s that, you ask?
Well, all the weeds get tossed to the piggies.

Anthony Piggie sleeping in a pile of weeds.

Anthony Piggie sleeping in a pile of weeds.

The girlies LOVE weeds. Thistles are their faves-both purple and sow-with the canola and stinging nettle easy seconds. And grass? Oh yeah! So, even with not being able to produce plants for us, the garden weeds are still not just being burned or wasted.

A little Piggie side eye...hoping for more nummies. ;)

A little Piggie side eye…hoping for more nummies. πŸ˜‰

Besides, it’s not like we’re not producing any food for us…
There’s the piggies, who will go to Freezer Camp in October, there’s the hennys, giving us eggs…and how pretty is this sight?

Three hennys sit in the same spot just about every day to give us three eggs.

Three hennys sit in the same spot just about every day to give us three eggs.

And, we just added these guys (and gals):

Peepers!!

Peepers!!

We got 15 Cornish cross day old chicks last Thursday. Oh my gosh, they’re just so cute! lol
And in 8-12 weeks time, they’ll be going to Freezer Camp as well.

That's a peeper with some attitude!

That’s a peeper with some attitude!

One thing the rain *has* been great for is the fruit trees.

Pear

Pear

That pear tree was only about 12″ tall when I uncovered it…the pears have been very slow growing. :/ But now, with the rain, and a ring of rotted horse manure around the base, it’s more than doubled in height and thickened up beautifully!

All the fruit trees have been the same…except one apple that didn’t make it through the winter. But it didn’t stand a chance against Daphne, the stick chewing dog, who doesn’t know the difference between a stick in the snow and a tree. D’Oh!

Apple tree...up 8", and several new branches.

Apple tree…up 8″, and several new branches.

So, really, things may not be going to plan 100%, but, we’re adapting and over coming. We’re getting things done, and we’re learning.
Next year, we’ll try again to make the garden work. I know we can do it, we’ll just have to persevere.

One final photo…

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Our wilding kitty Gabrielle…Anna and Banana’s mama.
And now, a spayed kitty, who can focus on her real job here…hunting.
❀

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10 thoughts on “A Slice of My Life

  1. I have a time remembering to water the trio of tomato plants I have and the few bittermelon seeds that I’m hoping to sprout. This is the first year that the backyard has not known a veggie garden. I felt bad at first, but then I found solace in the Husband saying that it’s a good idea to let the ground be fallow. Let it heal after 27 years of the Mama’s veggie gardens.

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  2. Toosh says:

    You’re making lemonade with lemons, smart move!

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  3. Cookie says:

    So I’m curious. Are you folks homesteading, or making a living from farming?
    My husband and I talk all the time about moving to the country where we would potentially have some farm animals and a shit ton of gardens. How was the transistion really?

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    • WolfSong says:

      August will be our 3rd year here.
      I grew up a part time country girl…which means I was shipped off to the farm come summer break, so the parentals didn’t have to deal with us kids once school was done.
      Dreamed of living on a farm ever since…
      I love my life. No doubt about it. This is where I’m meant to be. Pretty sure my Hubby agrees, because he keeps coming home at night. lol.
      But it’s hard.
      Mother Nature can be such a bitch, and we’re 100% at her mercy. Our first winter here…oy. We had days where snow clearing would take 8 hours with the tractor. Our neighbours kept telling us not to give up, it wasn’t a normal winter. πŸ™‚
      On the flip side, I wouldn’t trade this for the world.
      I’ve got 4 horses (waited 40 years to have my own horse!), pigs to become various cuts for the winter, fresh eggs every day…and freedom. I mean, if I want to crank my stereo and drink beer on my deck at 3am, I do it. If I want to go for a walk in the dark, I worry about coyotes, skunks and foxes, not criminals…and even then, I don’t really worry about them. Well, I worry abut the skunks. lol
      We sleep with all the windows open…and it’s safe to do so.
      So, ultimately, as hard as it’s been, IMO, it’s worth the work, frustration and transistioning city garden skills to country gardens.

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    • WolfSong says:

      And then, to actually answer the question, we’re not making any money farming. Not yet, but the plan is to fence our land, return it to pasture and raise bison. In the meantime, we are getting ready to sell eggs, and are looking into raising meat chickens for farm gate sales.

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  4. Lovely pictures – I hope your garden plants make a good recovery! One day I hope to have some fruit trees here as well, but it won’t be this year.

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  5. thorn says:

    Gardening can be frustrating. The winter we got 10 feet of snow the nursery sent plants I ordered when ground was still frozen under about 4 feet of snow. Planted a hardy hibiscus last year which did come back and looks to be getting ready to bud. It’s a roller coaster.

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