Poking holes in the dirt, what else could be better on such a beautiful March day. The high temp was in the lower 40's, and I got to sit out on the deck for the later part of the afternoon starting seeds. So far I have three large trays of white sage along with different varieties of peppers, hyssop, tobacco, valerian, flax, woad, mint, rosemary, thyme and fenugreek just to name a few. There are still others that need to get started this week and throughout the next month or so. I tend to start my tomatoes in April, they get so leggy if I start them too early. It feels good to have dirt stuck under my fingernails again! Plus it's good to plant around a full moon, right?
The whole month of March is starting to look pretty hectic. It seems like every day is becoming booked solid with plans, mostly things I need to do done around the house. Lots of organizing as I walk into starting my own business, plus just good old farm work. On top of that one of my clemente breeding bucks has a swollen rear hock. I think the pregnant does are bossing him around and he got pinched somehow. I have him in an extra pen by himself to recuperate right now. I also gave him a good dose of my garlic paste along with cayenne pepper, goldenseal, vitamin B and some amino acids. There is some herbal stuff I ordered off the internet today that will be coming soon to help him along and calm down the inflammation. He does seem to be walking on it a bit already, I hope it heals quickly. I felt no broken spots, but the area is warm to the touch and swollen.
The geese also got moved from their hoop house spot to the grain bin area. I had to rig up some extra fencing around the building for them, but they seem to like being outside for a change. Plus there is a big puddle forming that they spend the whole day in. It was quite the adventure trying to get the geese from point A to point B. I initially caught the male goose and carried him up to the new spot. He is a mellow fellow and I had no troubles moving him. He just got very agitated being away from his female companions. When I walked back down to the hoop house to catch the ladies, the male decided he needed to be back with them and flew all the way from the grain bin to the hoop house. That's like 150 yards! After that happened I realized if I kept on moving one individual goose it would keep flying back to it's companions. I ended up herding the geese up to the grain bin area. It was slow going, but they herd pretty nicely. Especially when I was carrying a long stick to help guide them along. If one goose strayed too far to the left or right I would just stretch my stick out to herd them back in a group and keep moving forward.
I also wanted to talk about the great local event Bob and I attended on Saturday. It's called the Traditional/Green Skills event. You pay $12 and get to take four different sessions of many classes to choose from. The classes are taught by local people with experience. Classes like food storage, home/green funerals, growing mushrooms, herbal teas, goat care, blacksmithing, and spinning were offered just to name a few. I was also able to set up a table and sell my soaps and jewelry. It was a great experience and I got to make quite a few new connections. Events like this really help glue the community together. I feel pretty fortunate to be living in the area that I do!
That sums it up for now. I hope to keep at the blogging on a regular basis even when life starts getting busy again. I'm looking forward to the challenges and rewards!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.