Goats, apple blossoms, chickens, and bees
Ten weeks after its first cleaning, the goat bedding
had once again built up to the point where straw was overflowing the
cinderblocks on the downhill side of the coop. In early February, I used
the manure/straw/hay mixture in an experimental area, but this time
around I needed the biomass in the main garden. So I deposited the goat bedding around blueberries, gooseberries, currants,
a few apple trees, and on beds that will be planted with corn and
cucumbers in two weeks. Here's hoping weed seeds don't make me regret
this use (but you'll notice I only spread the bedding in areas where it
will be simple to kill mulch if necessary to keep sprouting grasses in
Speaking of apple trees, the first blossoms are opening on the earliest apple varieties. The tree shown above is primarily Virginia Beauty,
but I grafted a little bit of William's Pride onto one limb two years
ago. The graft union has nearly disappeared, but I can tell where one
variety stops and the other starts because the Virginia Beauty buds are
just barely unfurling while the William's Pride is in full bloom. Maybe
we'll get to taste both types of apples this fall?
This was also the week
when we shut our hens and ducks into the pasture for the growing season.
One of you mentioned in the comments a few weeks ago that you didn't
remember we still had chickens --- if you want to read more about our
poultry, be sure to check out our chicken blog where we give many more details about our feathered friends.
I'll end this disjointed post with a look up under the bee hive.
There's not much going on in the bottom box yet, but our colony is
working hard and will hopefully reach their basement level soon. We've
got another package shipping next week, so our apiary will be even more
abuzz in short order!
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