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Holding a sick goat in
your arms for a long February day is like experiencing a road trip
as a child. You have a vague idea of where you're going and why, but no
control over the route or how long it will take to get there.
The sights alternate
between seemingly endless monotony and moments of surprising wonder.
Like when the chickens travel far outside their usual stomping grounds
and come to call.
We've been using the chain
suspended counter for a year now.
Our month-long goat
rollercoaster is on another downswing at the moment. Artemesia was
doing much better, with the exception of serious weakness in her hind
end, earlier in the week. So the vet prescribed selenium (for the
weakness) and recommended trying to take her off the antibiotics.
Our old farm truck broke a
serpentine belt today.
We didn't order any
spawn, so how do we plan to get fungi into our new
mushroom logs? The
idea is to riff off our
recent mini-log success and see if we can get
mycelium to run from existing logs into fresh new wood.
Speaking of old logs, we
stacked three of those on top of the cardboard layer. I was careful to
choose all logs of the same variety since I want to get a triple dose
of inoculation rather than having different types of shiitakes fighting
it out for the fresh wood.
We installed another tire to help Aurora feel special and tall.
I'm ashamed to say that
my fish started ailing right about
the same time as Artemesia and my reaction was, "I can't deal with sick
fish right now." Predictably, not dealing meant they all kicked the
bucket, then rotted within the tank (I really didn't want to deal with
them) and fed the plants for a while that way.
It's possible the high
pH is just a remnant of the cycling
process not quite being complete. In the past, I'd lowered pH with
lemon juice, but Aquaponic Gardening suggests citric acid (the
acid in lemon juice) is a bad choice since it kills the good bacteria
in my grow bed.
We cut out the top of yesterday's sycamore for mushroom logs.
The base will turn into firewood for 2018.
The male hazel flowers
are opening up, both on wild hazelnuts and on the hybrids in our yard.
Finally, a good source of pollen for the honeybees who have been
unusually busy during this warm winter weather!
The Oregon battery powered chainsaw
comes through once again.
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