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Sometimes, I think I get
more of a kick out of anticipating coming attractions than I do out of
eating the actual fruits. Then I remember the glories of strawberry
season, sitting in the grassy aisles and gorging on drip-down-your-chin
juices. Nope --- consuming the real fruit is even better than eating the
developing berries with my eyes.
But this is eye-candy season only, so I thought I'd share the joy. In addition to the baby apples I posted about last week, there are scads of berries beginning to bulk up on the vine. Our dependable gooseberries
and northern highbush blueberries chug along with no help from me, and
the equally dependable raspberries are getting ready to bloom.
We've hit a dead end on our quest to buy
I'm starting to realize
that kidding season is similar to strawberry season --- our impassable
floodplain suddenly doesn't seem so difficult for visitors. Which is
great since I hate to leave the farm and love seeing family and friends.
Thanks for coming, Joey and Mom!
The more Anna uses the Harvest
Sickle the more she likes
This year, I'm using all of the experiments that I summed up in Small-Scale No-Till Gardening Basics
to streamline our vegetable garden without ditching the biological
imperative to keep the soil happy. To that end, I'm applying wet
newspapers beneath straw wherever possible, which means all I have to do
is weed the small area right around the base of each plant rather than the whole bed before mulching.
The kids were jumping from
the milking stand into our
mineral feeders using them like a sand box.
A week after the birth of her first kids, Artemesia has already given us nearly half a gallon of milk. Yes, I know you usually don't milk a goat so soon and the milk does
have a slightly bitter colostrum taste to it. But it was necessary, as
you can see by peering at our doe's udder in the photo above. Artemesia
is so productive that the kids are keeping fed by drinking nearly
entirely from her right teat, so it's up to me to keep the left half of
her udder drained every night.
I would worry that the
kids aren't getting enough to eat, but their bellies are often full and
their energy levels are always high. Well, until they suddenly decide
it's time to nap, at which point the buckling settles down in my lap for
an extended petting session while Aurora snuggles up against her
Artemesia is a joy to
milk compared to Abigail. Her huge teats allow me to use two fingers
instead of just one, and the milk squirts out about five times faster
than it did from our other goat.
Then, two days later, it
was as if a switch flicked on. Or perhaps the change occurred because
the kids were getting old enough to jump on the milking stand and hang
out? Whatever the reason, the milk started to flow fast and furious and I
haven't had any trouble since.
I'm trying really, really
hard not to get my hopes up about non-berry fruit this year...and
failing miserably. The deal is --- we still have 2.5 weeks until our
frost-free date, so anything could happen.
Our apple flowers seem to
pretty reliably turn into fruits if they're not nipped, but I'm having
to rein in my excitement a bit over our grape vines. The seedless
varieties we like to eat are very sensitive to fungal diseases, so I
planted a few vines right up against the sunniest sides of the trailer
a few years ago in hopes of creating a dry microclimate they can enjoy.
This is the first year I've seen bloom buds on those trailer-side
vines, so just maybe this year we'll actually get grapes. Fingers
Our early tomato plants are
too big for their britches.
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