Shortest day. Longest night. Tonight we hold Vigil for the beginning of this year’s Journey back into the light… . Blessed Solstice. 🖤 . . When I think about the return to Summer, this image always comes to mind. The epitome of the warmth and beauty of Summertime, with the bestest horse. 🖤
Winter decided to give us one last kick this weekend. Cold af. Last night was -24*C. Brrrrrr!! So yesterday was a day of adding more straw for the ducks, chickens, and turkeys. Fat arsed mares got another bale too…they probably could have made Monday, but eating keeps horses warm so we just fed ’em. Mostly because if I blanket the one who needs it most:
Then the other 2 beat the crap out of her because she “doesn’t look right”. 🙄🤦♀️ So we feed them. It’s easier than trying to separate Sable from the other 2. The joys of a 3 horse herd. *sigh*
So my next round of peppers are up. Well, some of them. I planted some orange and yellow pepper seeds and some alma paprika seeds. Paprika seeds aren’t showing yet, but the o/y are up. Those were freebie seeds out of peppers we got in a Loop pickup. Birds enjoyed demolishing the peppers and I took a few seeds to try. You never really know what you’ll get with grocery store saved seeds, but I have the space in the garden so it’s worth the try to grow them.
Friday is tomato seeds starting day. And some medicinals/flowers. Since I’m not 100% sold on the whole winter sowing thing (I keep getting told to “trust the process” but my brain says it can’t work…) I want to start some of the more important things inside…like mullein, yarrow, calendula, and bee balm…they’re all for drying, tinctures, and teas for the home apothecary. And of course, we can never grow too many tomatoes. 😉
This past Friday Hubby brought home onion sets for me…
I had complained to him at lunch that I had used my last garden grown red onion for yet another jar of pickled onions 🤤 so clearly I was going to have to grow *more* onions this year. Next thing I knew, he brought me 2 1/2 lbs of onion sets. As soon as the garden soil is workable, they’ll get planted. As well as the other cool season crops.
Next week tho… I’m going to head out front of the house and dig out the raised boxes that have our asparagus and rhubarb in them. In a semi-normal year of snow, they would be poking their heads out right about now. Well, I have 2ish feet of snow sitting on top of them, so I’ll dig them out a bit and let the sun finish the job. If all grows well, I should have enough rhubarb this year to make a round of wine/shine. And to share with someone who really likes rhubarb for baking…myself, I’m not a huge fan, but I do like home made alcohol, so…. 😉
Slowly but surely, we’re getting there. Spring is slow af this year, but with the amount of snow, that’s probably for the best. Either way, spring is coming and we’re so ready for it! 🙂
Well. So that happened. It was blowy, snowy, icy, and down right gross out for just about 48 hours.
We lost power for at least 18 of those hours. We got a massive amount of snow dumped on us. Then we got another massive amount blown in. lol This is Farm Life.
Last weekend, we brought home 6 big round straw bales. That was fun. 2 loads, but only a few miles away from us. From some damn fine folks that we appreciate doing business with. We knew the storm was coming, so we cleaned brooders, and gave everyone a thick bedding of straw to snuggle down into. That was Monday we did that. Then Wednesday, we renewed the straw so that when the storm blew in that night, they’d have even more bedding. Mares got their own straw bale to rip apart, nibble, and sleep in. They did just fine.
But, we didn’t know we were going to lose power.
Most of the birds were fine. Bippies (youngest ducks) did great. Chickens were all good. Big ducks got a little stir crazy and started picking feathers on tails. That gets remedied with meat. Poultry are omnivorous raptors. They eat meat. I know people don’t like to hear/know that, but it’s true. And once they have the craving, only a good feed of it will settle them down. This is why we keep things like rib cages from deer and have a freezer specifically for freezer burnt meats. Because this happens when birds can’t get out to forage for bugs, snakes and small rodents, and they’ll turn on each other. Even with a complete feed.
So, as I said, most of the birds were fine. I did however, lose turkeys. 😥 None of my year olds. But a couple 9 month olds and about 8 of the youngest ones. It’s crushing. When the power went out, the littles just couldn’t stay warm enough, even with mounds of straw to snuggle into. Especially in the over night. This morning I pulled out body after body and started a fire to put them in. My heart aches. Worst part is, there was nothing we could have done to change things. It is one of the shittiest things about farming…losing lives, and knowing you couldn’t change it.
Today was shoveling day. Hubby used the tractor to clear the driveway, the path to the hay, and to drop a full round straw bale into the turkey yard. The Kid and I shoveled. And dropped straw into places we shoveled out so birds had somewhere to sit out of the snow. We have more shoveling to do. But for now, coffee.
Last week we ran a Freezer Camp for the cornish meat chickens. The ones we did could have used a bit more time to bulk up, but we’re going ahead with getting them done by the end of this week. And it’s the last time I’m raising cornish chickens. I’m so done with these guys. The last few years, the quality of chick seems to be declining. I don’t know why, and I’m not accusing the hatchery of anything. We just haven’t had them grow as well as they should and this year we’ve had far, far too many broken bones. Not just legs either. And then with last week’s thunder storm, we lost more than 15 of them because they piled up on each other in the coop (even though the coop was wide open and they were free to come and go as they please) and smothered each other. So, out of 75 chicks, once I finish butchering them this week, we’ll have 35 birds. That is ridiculous.
Meanwhile, my home hatched roosters? Not a single loss. 28 in the bachelor pen and when the thunder was rumbling, they were screaming right back at it. 😂😂😂 So next year we’re focusing on home hatched/raised birds. No more cornish meats to die on a whim or because a fly farted too close to them. Hardy dual purpose backyard crosses, bred for size, flavor and hardiness. And maybe we can encourage people to come back to eating slow food through our breeding program. The roosters are best cooked low and slow…they’re crockpot food, not fast frying. But that long slow cook extracts all the nutritional goodness out of them, so it really is the best way. For when we want bbq, I remove the breasts, brine or marinate them, and then roast the rest of the carcass.
So I hope we can encourage people to embrace slow food (which with the prevalence of instapots these days, doesn’t even need to be slow) and move away from the supermarket chicken. Who knows…we’ll see. We simply can’t bear the financial losses that go with cornish anymore.
But what goes with running a Freezer Camp is the inevitable roasting of backs/necks/carcasses, making bone broth and then the canning of the meat bits and broth. That’s where I am today. On the roasting part. So the house, even though it’s hot af again, smells like delicious roasted chicken. Needless to say, we’re having some sort of chicken dish for supper tonight. 😂😂😂
The garden is ramping up well. Beans are producing. I have the rows of royal burgundys to pick and can. Same with the yellows. I have to get more mulch in around the pintos…they’re starting to blossom, and the weeds are fighting hard to take over. So I’ll pull weeds, feed the geeses and mulch, mulch, mulch. We had a small meal from the Painted Pony beans. They were tasty, but I was disappointed with the strings. I hadn’t realized how tough the strings on them were. So I’m on the fence about growing them again. Love, love, love them for the name and provenance (named for the American Paint Horse…and we know how Wolfie feels about them APHA gals, right? 😉 ) but if they’re tough and stringy, I’ll find a better heirloom bean for us (royal burgundys).
I’m eating radish seed pods like crazy. Nom. Nom. Nom. I did not know before this year how damn tasty they are! I’ve marked out a few plants that I’m going to let seed pods dry on so that we have radish seeds for next year, but aside from those few, I’m eating, eating, eating. The black radishes are huge. Size of my fist and bigger. So I plan to ferment some. Fermented radishes are yummy. Really, really, yummy. And easy to do. But we’ve never had huge ones like this that I could ferment…and we’ve always just eaten them from the garden with salt, or in potato salad. Now I have enough to ferment. That’s on the list to do this week. Might even sneak a beet into a jar with some radishes. *drools* I love the idea of fermented radishes and beets together. Hopefully it tastes as good in real life as it does in my head. 😂😂😂
And now off to work for me, because I have 19 chicken carcasses in my oven waiting for me…but to finish the post with a picture of my APHA gal…because no matter what, I will always love her and will never have a day where I don’t think of her. ❤
This weekend we’re running our first Rooster Rehab of the year. 😂😂😂
Exhausting is the correct word for it. But my first and second hatches have resulted in 28 roos currently in the bachelor pen, with a few extra wandering with the cornish meat birds…oh, it’s time for the 28 to go Camping.
Somehow, after a huge Loop pickup last week that has stuffed our 2nd fridge to bursting while the birbs, cats and Daphne have been eating like Kings and Queens all week, I have to find space to let the roosters we process rest for a day or two before parting for the freezer. Lady Bless, I think I need a 3rd fridge for birb feed!
But, I’m sure not complaining! The animals are loving this extra feed, and I’m loving keeping the food out of the landfill.
The funniest thing though, has been the turkeys with their watermelon. 😂😂😂 So after they nearly killed me for strawberries and raspberries, I really thought watermelon would be just as exciting. I mean, how could it not be, right? Well…as it turns out, watermelons are terrifying. The turkey are beyond sure that it wants to kill them. They circled it for a few days and decided “Nope, not eating that” 😂😂😂
Scroll through ^^^ so you can see how wary the turkeys were of that killer melon. OMG. I’ve never seen anything like it. I ended up shoveling it up and giving it to the chickens…who demolished it in seconds. 😂😂😂
Anyways, I still have a bunch of produce and breads to dole out to the birds, and because it’s been sooooo hot, I have it stuffed into the spare fridge…where birds need to rest after butchering. It’s a good problem to have, having more food than space. Just means that the birds will be eating more produce this weekend, so I can fit Freezer Campers in for a bit.
One of the other things we were given last pickup is honey. Honey doesn’t go bad, but, in order to sell it in stores, it does get an expiry date, and stores can’t sell it past that date. I, however, can still use the amazing containers of raw unpasteurized manuka honey we were given for our Palomino Princess. Y’see, honey is what I use for any cuts, scrapes, and booboos on our mare. See the link below for why:
It’s perfect for healing those wounds without any scarring. Thank goodness, or our Girl would be one big walking scar! 😂😂😂
The other type of honey we were given is golden paste honey, with tumeric in it. Now this…this is valuable stuff for a horse with arthritis…especially that Girl who has an arthritic tmj which makes eating difficult in some weather conditions. Golden paste is touted as excellent for treating arthritis in horses, dogs and humans. Welp, we shall see how our Blonde Girl does on it. All this honey and it’s perfect for her! Plus, it’s not in the landfill. I call that a win-win situation.
In other news, we had found 2 abandoned, don’t know where they hatched, can’t find any sign of their hatching anywhere, ducklings in the duck yard one night this week. So we brought them inside. One has since succumbed to injuries (because hens are assholes, and will happily kill baby ducks) but the 2nd is strong and loud. And kinda dumb, because he/she keeps getting their head stuck in the sides of the cage they are in. So we’ve named him/her Homer. 😂😂😂
This weekend is also “clear out all the old eggs from all the nests we know of” weekend. It’s late in the season now, and I don’t want any more surprise hatchlings. Did I tell y’all about the hen who hatched out a clutch of ducklings?? Yeah so there’s 9 week old duckling in the brooder int he Little Red Shed. *sigh* So many birbs. So much potential tastiness. And 12 the Turkey is sitting on another nest. I’m taking those away from her too… No more turkeys this year! I’ve got a brooder full that hasn’t gotten outdoor time yet because of the damn smoke from the wildfires. No. More. Poults! (she said with a quiet longing to scoop up the eggs and put them in the incubator) 😂😂😂
So there we have it…busy af, as usual. And taking eggs away from birds who want to have babies. That’s my life right now.
How are the rest of y’all doing?
Oh, plus here’s a picture for Feline Friday:
Catch more Feline Friday posts over at Sandee’s place, Comedy Plus.
I’ve fallen a bit behind in getting everything into the garden. What’s in is growing well though! We’ve had a couple days of really good rains, which we’ve needed sooooo bad!
Now I have weeds galore…but a lot of the weeds are Lamb’s Quarters, which is awesome, because they’re edible. Last year I put a whole bunch of them into the freezer (after we ate a lot too) for winter use. This year, I’m hoping to save some seed from them, and instead of buying spinach seeds, I’ll plant rows of Lamb’s Quarters. Free food is the bestest foods. 😉
Speaking of… We had another round of pinto beans given to us. Last year we grew many, many pintos. They were wonderufl eaten as a green bean and canned beautifully. Well, we still have a lot fo the growing ones to plant for a few years (I’ve been sharing them with anyone who wants some to grow too), so this round? I decided to expriment cooking with them. Y’see, the fellow they come from gets them from a farmer, for his birds. But they’re not cleaned, and I was hesitant to cook them for us. I don’t know why. I buy bags of wheat from our local farmer to process for beer and bread, so, I don’t know what made me hesitate on the beans.
But last week I soaked a bunch of pintos with some kidney beans and made a crock pot full of pork and beans (after having made a huge pork roast with many left overs). And we’re still alive. 😂😂😂 Of course, Hubby tells me afterwards that the guy he’s getting the beans from has been feeding them to his family since the beginning…and I’m over here not…
So now we have an abundance of beans for eating as well as planting. Once the garden is done, and the yearly butchering is done, I’ll put up a few dozen jars of pork and beans. Just because it’s nice to be able to pull something off the shelf for a quick and easy meal.
As for the garden, today we’ll get the rest of the beans planted and tomorrow the tomatoes transplanted. I’ll stick a few other things in here and there…but that should do it. I was hoping to get a few rows of feed corn in (whiskey makin’s) but we’ll see what’s left for room after the beans go in today. Might not be room this year.
On the waterline front, we’ve had a couple businesses out for quotes to fix our leak. 1 was someone I really, really don’t want to work with. Um, vibes were horrible, and yeah…I’m not a fan of misogynistic old farts treating me like garbage…and wanting to way over charge me because he’s “doing me a favor”. Uh, no. You’d be doing your job.
The 2nd company, we’re just waiting for his quote and when he can get to us. Drought has made things very, very busy for well companies. But this guy…yeah, I’m happy to work with him. Thoughtful, knew his stuff, respectful and friendly…and his helper was the same. So yeah. Just waiting for this to go forward. And then we hope it will be a straightforward fix. But who the hell knows what he’s going to find once he starts digging. So, wish us luck that this is an easy peasy dig up and fix then fill in job.
Finally, I’ve sharpened up the scythe, because it’s time! It’s haying time. My first task is to cut in the front pasture where we haven’t allowed the nags to go yet. It’s long and tall and they much prefer to eat it after it’s had a first cut off…if the grass is too tall, they’re not so interested in it. So I grab a first cut for hay and then we turn them out to enjoy.
Lazy girls, lounging around while their Food Lady is working her rump off to put food up for them for winter. 😂😂😂
Seems like no matter how hard we try to catch up, we just keep getting farther behind.
I think that’s the way of things, no matter what though…
So we’ve shortened the list of things to do before winter a bit.
I had planned on a massive garden expansion into the 70 acre field for next spring.
I just can’t do it.
There’s not enough time or manpower (womanpower?) to get it done.
However, don’t think I’ve given up on expansion plans.
I planted into straw bales the past 2 years with marginal success.
This year was better than last year, but now the bales are far too broken down to use as a straw bale growing area.
Right beside those bales, we put a couple black plastic compost bins that have been working as homes for chicks/ducklings.
Now that those birds are ready to move into the main poultry yards, the bins can go back to their rightful uses for compost…but I’m left with an area chock full of straw and bird manure…what to do…what to do…
I know, I know!!
Since the straw bales are *right there* and they’re too broken down to move with the tractor, I’ll take out the chick/duckling yards, breakdown the bales to cover the manure areas, then cover with composted equine excrement to create a long(ish) wide(ish) permabed ala Zach Loeks
That will get covered with plastic for the winter, so it can marinate and cook and be ready for spring planting.
It’s not as big of an expansion as I was hoping to do this year, but, we can only do what the 3 of us can do…and this, Kid and I can do in a day or two.
And we can always add on later as well.
I’m also working on propagating the grape vine I was given…as it turns out, it should be pruned this fall, so with pruning comes the chance to start more. Fine by me. 😉
I think I’ll give another go at propagating the honeyberries as well…because one can never have too many honeyberry plants. lol
And I’m taking a hard look at my black currant bushes too…😂😂😂
One can never have too many fruit bushes, I’m telling ya!!
What I really need to do, is figure out where on the property to put some raspberries.
Someone where they can just go wild!
I love raspberries, they’re expensive to buy, and I have space.
I can remember my Grandmother Kate’s patch as a child.
It was massive.
She’d give us kids a pail, send us into the patch and tell us not to come out until we needed another bucket to fill.
I ate so. many. berries.
Pooped red for weeks!
I need a patch that big here.
Besides, raspberry plants are more than just berries for food.
Berries for wine, leaves and berries for medicine.
The goal is to grow as much medicinal plants as I possibly can…and one native to my climate.
So there’s been *A LOT* of studying going on for me.
The more I watch the world around me breaking down, the more I see people acquiescing to restrictive demands, the more I hear people demanding mandatory vaccination once a “safe” covid one is released, the more I think about dropping right out of society.
I don’t do submission and I don’t do forced medical procedures.
And I’ve had more than enough emotional manipulation to last 37 and a 1/3 lifetimes.
So, the more I can work on self sufficiency the better.
I suspect that in the next few years, there will be an underground market up and running to fulfill the needs of those who aren’t buying what the talking heads and powers that be are selling.
I mean to be on the ground floor of it.
To be fair, many of us small farmers are the basis of that sort of market anyways…I do think it’s just going to expand as people resist more and more.
Anyways, that might be a little too much for some of y’all.
That’s okay. 🙂
I try to keep it light, but freedom, while sometimes a scary thing, is very important.
But anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about that. 😉
At any rate, here’s a link to one of my very favorite Claire Wolfe pieces for your enjoyment: What’s an Outlaw to Do?
It’s well worth the read.
And finally, a picture of my Ruby…
We had been given a whoooooolllllle bunch of grain screenings for the chickens.
As Hubby was working on getting it into storage bins, he mighta left a feed tub unattended for a wee bit…
“nom, nom, nom…gotta eat as much as I can before the DadGuy notices!!”
Enjoy the weekend folks.
I’m off to run a Rooster Rehab Camp.
It’s another warm one here, though no where near as bad as it’s been the past few days.
Last night we got an amazing down pour of rain.
It’s made everything growing perk up a lot.
5 days ago I planted just about 800 bean seeds in the garden.
Whole rows popped up overnight.
I’m so happy to see that!!
Tomatoes and peppers are outside (not planted yet) and came though a-ok.
Only downside is the pressure is killing my head.
I’m sitting in the air conditioning, drinking beer and trying to ignore the migraine trying to rip my head off.
I’m also editing a few pictures I took today.
We popped over to the local horse Rescue to take some shots.
So I’ve got those working, as well as a few of the mares here.
Because how can I take pictures of other horses and not my own?
I’m actually marveling over how well our CinderBella (Sable) is doing this year.
2 years ago at this time she was so sick…we had no idea what was wrong and honest to Dog, I wasn’t sure she was gonna pull through.
I spent many a night praying to Epona for clear guidance on whether to let her go or not.
Thankfully, as we were reaching our financial limit, Epona said “It’s not her time yet, she has more to do for Me” and our sweet mare made an abrupt turn around.
I cannot express how grateful I am for that turn around…to this day, we still don’t know what caused the infection that made her sick, or even where exactly it was…we know she has arthritis in her TMJ, but that shouldn’t/wouldn’t have caused the infection.
Either way, she’s been running at anywhere from 95-100% heathly since.
She is such a special horse and we are so lucky to have her in our lives.
Like my oh so creative title?
So I’m a little tired and brain fogged.
It’s all good.
Still working on getting the garden all in.
Thankfully what I’m planting now is root crops so they can go long in the fall without problems.
If carrots and beets catch a hint of frost, it’s no biggie.
So, since my last post…
~ Peas and bean shave popped up in the straw bales.
~ We lost the last 2 turkeys.
~ I got myself on a waiting list for 2 dozen Narragansett turkey eggs. They’re a heritage breed and I figure if’n I can get ’em to hatch, we’ll see about keeping a couple hens and a tom to create a self sustaining flock.
It might work, it might not.
At this point, I’ve only got time, effort and a wee bit of money to lose.
If it works, I’ll have invested less money into the 2 dozen hatching eggs than I lost on the 10 turkey poults who died on me.
~ Tax returns *finally* made it.
~ Hubby got new tires for his truck.
~ I caught up on all the bills.
~ And it looks like this weekend we’re gonna be toting pails of gravel under the deck to stop the asshole chickens from dust bathing right beside the foundation of the house.
😡 😡 😡
~ We also redid the plastic around the garden, with more wood supports to protect it from being shredded by the wind.
~ Finally got hinges to get my gate built and put up too. It’s gonna be a wood gate, painted bright yellow with some silhouettes on it.
~ It’s almost hay time. As in, I just need Hubby to fix the point on the 2nd scythe (it’s longer than the ditch blade I had, but not quite a hay blade…but still, floats through the grass like a dream compared to the ditch blade!) so I can get ‘er done. It’s literally a 2 minute job for him…I just have to remind him. 😉
~ I was given an old, well established grape vine to transplant into our food forest.
A friend and her partner wanted to get rid of it, and after some scheduling difficulties, the vine made it here.
So far, so good, it’s putting out shoots *everywhere*…I am hopeful and excited, because it’s apparently been very prolific in it’s previous home.
I’ll give it time to adjust here, then next year I’ll look at doing cutting to make more vines. Grape vines are a grand thing for a wine maker. 🙂
~ Sunday Hubby and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. Together for 27…
~ Yesterday he turned 50.
I think we might be getting a little old. 😉
But not so old we can’t do this Farm thing.
So it seems the theme for this summer is going to be the same as the last few dozen…
Winter is coming.
Gotta get the work done.
Here’s a pic of the 3 stooges having a nap in the early morning light:
Have a great day folks, I’m off to get back to work.
Sundays are egg washing day.
It happens other days of the week too, but Sunday always seems to be egg washing day.
It’s a constant in my weekly routine that gives me a chance to reflect on the prior week and think about the week ahead.
I have a lot of eggs to wash on Sunday mornings.
This past week was a tough one, mentally.
We’re half way into June and my garden is still not planted.
It’s been so windy (right now, at this exact moment, the wind is gusting to 57km/hr) that to plant my tomatoes and peppers would be certain death for them. And it’s been too windy to move the tarp by myself to plant the rest of the seeds…
So I’ve been frustrated.
Good friends come along and remind me that all things are possible with some determination, hard work and some humility.
So instead of doing more whining, I used a gift to buy the bones of our hoop house.
I may not have it for this year’s garden, but Hubby and I will build it this Fall so that come spring, it’s ready to go.
I needed that mindset for the poultry too.
In just a couple of days, our turkey flock dropped to 2.
Now, I’m not sure why.
They weren’t showing signs of blackhead (a poultry disease that kills turkeys, and gamebirds), but were still dropping dead on me.
Frustrating, because I hate losing animals.
Raising them for meat is one thing, random deaths are nothing I want happening.
They were in with the meat chickens and the meaties are thriving.
Eating, drinking, pecking at bugs…
A ton of reading later, I was still at a loss of why my turkeys were dying.
I figured I might as well move them to their own pen and see what happens.
I grabbed one of our compost bins that we got when a friend moved (these make **excellent** poultry houses when needed!!) and put up a chicken wire yard for them. I gave them fresh water with electrolytes and cayenne pepper in it (cayenne is supposed to help with blackhead *if* that’s what was going on) and I gave them the high protein game bird feed they were started on.
Well damn if the little buggers didn’t start gobbling food and water like crazy!!
Could the meaties have been forcing them out of the food?
Could I have had these poor birds starving right in front of my face???
Needless to say, I am horrified (and ashamed) at the thought… 😦
The one thing I hate more than random animal deaths is knowing *I* failed them.
So as of this morning, they’re doing pretty darn good…lots of eating and drinking, lots of proper looking poops.
Oh, they’re singing again!
Now I know…once they’re ready to be off the heat and have access to outside, turkeys need their own pen.
Otherwise the cornish will eat them out of house and home and the turkeys will fail to thrive and die.
And that is not fucking okay.
But another pen?
This I can do.
So fingers crossed these 2 little dudes (dudettes??) do well in their new-to-them-and-only-them home.
Turkeys were supposed to be our “taking a break from pigs, but need more food in the freezer” animals this year.
Clearly that’s not going according to plan.
But y’all know the saying…
Want to hear God laugh? Tell him your plans.
Today though, there is chirping from the incubator.
I have 24 of our mixed flock coloured eggs in there and 24 Ameraucana/Jersey Giant cross eggs in there.
And chirping has begun.
I’ve begun collecting eggs for my next (and last for this year) round of hatching.
24 in the small incubator, 48 in the big one.
Then all we have to do is feed ’em, and let ’em grow until October/November.
Today I have 3 muscovy duck nests in the coop, with 2 being sat on by very broody want-to-be-Mama ducks while the 3rd grows for the next broody hen.
Today I will water the straw bales that I used last year for gardening and hope the beans I planted in them grow.
The bales were still there, they were well conditioned last year and are breaking down and warm inside this year.
I took a leap of Faith and planted hundreds of beans in them.
Beans we were given to feed to the birds, but I did a test grow out over winter and found they made excellent eating green beans for humans.
So I planted a whole bunch of them.
If nothing happens, I lose nothing.
If they grow and produce, I gain a bunch of food.
Today I will get Hubby to help me move the tarp, and I will prep areas for the rest of my seeds.
I may not be able to get the delicate plants in yet, but I can get seeds in.
It’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself and do the work.
I’ve had my whiney baby moment(s) and now it’s time to dry the tears and get it done.
Because come the Fall, we’re still going ahead with the garden/food forest expansion.
It has to be done.
This world is too unstable to not have a massive amount of food growing.
Oh, and haying starts next week.
So food for the horses is being put up too…
And this is them mooching grain screenings, thinking they need more food, more grain, more fat.
There was barely a lick’s worth in the bucket when Hubby let them stick their big heads in there…
But it made them feel good to hoover up the feed.