Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This area beside the barn used to be the old riding ring when we had horses. Later it was a small pasture but after the fence started falling down we decided to make this the future greenhouse site. Our plan is to plant in the ground in raised beds for a continual winter harvest. This is a perfect spot with close access to water and power. Super excited and fingers crossed a late summer ground breaking!
Monday, April 25, 2016
Today the replacement laying chicks arrived. A combination of production reds, golden comet and araucanas are settled in the brooder.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Spring is rolling along here on the homestead. The garden has settled in nicely even with the lack of rain. We dodged a late frost and it looks like we will be blessed with loads of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
I have been busy revamping the herb beds. I let them go for a couple of years because of Luke's little dog and his bad habit of peeing on them!! He has since moved up the hill and I have my beds back. New thyme, cilantro, basil, oregano and sage plants, just to name a few, once again line the walkway.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Our meat birds arrived on Thursday but have spent the last few nights in the tack room of the barn until we could get them moved. We had a lot of repair work to do to the brooders after the raccoon attacks of last spring. The raccoons had bent in the tops and ripped out side panels in an effort to get to the chicks. Doug built a plywood top with a pulley so it can be easily lifted and it covers both brooders. this prevents top attacks. One side board left to put in place and we have what we hope to be the "Fort Knox" of chicken brooders!!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Another long lull in posting but it doesn't mean things are hopping on the homestead! Spring is a busy time of year for us. The early garden has been planted and things are starting to peak out of the ground. Snow peas, sugar peas, beets, turnips and radishes are all up. We also planted 60 pounds of seed potatoes and over 700 onions!