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We moved our broiler
flock into a big bird coop this week.
The very best carrots ended
up in the crisper drawer of our electrified fridge (which we use nearly
100% for that purpose). The rest were deemed goat carrots and headed
over to the unelectrified fridge root cellar.
Our last big harvest of the year is always carrots. I actually dug a few beds in September to spur along my garden renovation,
but there were still several more beds to go. Good thing Kayla was
willing to come over and turn a chore into a long morning of fun and
We dug, washed, and
sorted nearly a bushel of carrots in a couple of hours, which leaves me
perhaps a third that much to work up today. That's a lot of carrots, but
only the cream of the crop will go to two-leggers, with the goats
eating up the remainder.
"I think she's already sweet enough," said Kayla, patting our darling doeling in the head.
How much garlic do we plant to feed the two of us all year? Now that we've entirely converted over to huge, hardneck Music heads,
we get by with 96 plants. About 15 of those are our "seed" garlic,
which I split up to plant at this time of year (rejecting the smallest
cloves). The other 81 heads of garlic feed us well and also act as an
occasional dewormer for our goat herd. We give a little bit away, too,
and always have a few extra heads when the time comes to pull in next
year's harvest in June.
Our staycation coincided
perfectly with a week of seemingly endless rain. Then, when Monday told
us to get back to work...the sun came out! The change in weather gave
everyone on our farm the gumption to jump back into outside tasks joyfully.
Mom asked what we're up
to now that our staycation is over. I've still got a few beds of garlic
and lettuce to plant this week, but mostly we're in renovation mode to
make sure that this year's garden weeds don't get away from us the way
they did last year. In fall 2014, the only straw we had on hand was seedy, so our mulch was worth than useless. This year, our straw is great and we've also got time to plant a rye cover crop
in bare beds. Just gotta get rid of the results of last year's laxness
before the ground becomes too cold for my tender fingers!
We've had the Minox
25 Liter stainless steel drinking container for almost three years now.
that time of year again when I purge my bookshelf of books I'm no
longer reading so I can make room for new interests. Many of this year's
texts come highly recommended --- I've just milked all of the knowledge
I can from them and am ready to pass the carriers of information on.
As you'll be able to tell
from my survey, I'm trying to decide whether to stick with Amazon's KDP
Select program, which requires me to keep my books exclusive with them
if I want readers to be able to borrow the titles for free using Kindle Unlimited.
So consider this post a warning as well as an oportunity. If you were
thinking of borrowing my books but haven't gotten around to it, you
might want to do so now in case I start pulling them out of the program! Happy reading.
Our flock of Fall broilers
are growing like weeds.
So, I've been tearing up the virtual pavement trying to find Artemesia just the right date.
There was that nice Mini-Nubian buck who wanted her to come stay over
for a month...but Abigail and I begged our darling doeling not to go
since we would have missed her too much. A high-class Dwarf Nigerian
offered to meet Artemesia for a quick hookup, but he never told us his
phone number and didn't call back after he saw her online profile. (Poor
Artie felt so jilted.) Then there was the blue-collar guy who I was
trying to set her up with...until I took a closer look and decided maybe
I needed to be thinking about another sort of date entirely.
Two weeks, ago, the pooch test
appeared negative. But now, considering this lineup of goat butts, I'm
suddenly 50% sure Lamb Chop actually managed to do the deed in June
after all. Meanwhile, my post on a goat forum resulted in two expert
opinions, both in favor of Artemesia being knocked up.
So maybe I have a first
freshener on my hands, not a doeling after all? This would be wonderful
news --- winter milk starting up just about the time Abigail dries off,
plus a doeling who will kid while fat and happy on summer browse.
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