Farm life is in full force around here. The weather has been very nice and it makes a person feel motivated after winter hibernation. The barn has been mucked out, new fencing is being put up. My great farm lady neighbor friend temporarily lent me the use of her portable electric net fence and charger. I have trained my goats on electric fencing and can now move them to greener pastures on a regular basis! So much to talk about so I'll try to keep things organized and in order.
As I was saying, I now can move goats to fresh pasture on a regular basis. This will help keep down worm loads in the goats and save on hay. Plus I can fence them into areas I specifically want eaten down, like all the weedy brush stuff in the back of the house, it's pretty much gone in one day! Yay!!
Bob and I decided to implement a composting toilet. This has been a much discussed topic but we finally followed through on this. Who needs to waste water flushing a toilet?! The composting toilet is working great, we need to empty it out every two days. Right now we are just burying the waste but we plan on actually composting it with straw sometime this summer.
I have successfully hatched out four goslings using my incubator. My female pilgrim goose is still sitting on a pretty large clutch of eggs. We will see if any hatch out. The goslings are doing fantastic, the older ones are running around on pasture and swimming in their little pool! Geese are fantastic grass eaters, I don't even need to feed them grain during the summer because they will just stuff themselves with green stuff. If you want an animal lawnmower geese really are the way to go. I'm falling more and more in love with my geese. I feel like they have a bad rap for being mean. The adults I have are very mild mannered, they do hiss but I can tell it's not aggressive, it's just another way the communicate.
Of course all the goats are doing just fine with their new babies. I have started separating the kids at night so I can milk the does in the morning. I get about 1/2 a gallon of milk a day from three goats. This is on the low side, but I have on freshener and two second year does. One of my does is the san clemente breed, while the other is half clemente and the third is an alpine nubian mix. The clemente breed are not a typical dairy goat breed so I wasn't expecting much milk, but they have the highest butterfat content of all goats. Yum!
Plus the big fun news, I received my order of chicks and poults(baby turkeys)last week! This is my first year raising turkeys so I'm pretty excited and nervous. I have heard they are a bit finicky to raise, but we will see. I put grass and lettuce in the brooder right away for everyone to get used to greens. The little birds took to it right away and run around with bits of lettuce hanging out of their little beaks, it's pretty cute!
Seedlings are going strong, I will need to transplant my tomatoes and peppers soon. I have lots of new herbs and flowers I'm trying out this year and all of those seem to be doing great. I even have patchouli growing, but my arnica never sprouted which I'm bummed out about. Maybe I'll have better luck next year.
Mushrooms!! Yes, my friend Bretton and I placed a decent sized mushroom order. We will be growing shiitake, reishi, and more oyster mushrooms this year. Bob has been cutting wood for us to make mushroom totems. Someday it would be great to turn the woods behind the house into a mushroom woods!
On a more personal level I have been trying to find more balance with my life. I'm taking the time to go for longer bike rides with Bob and making time to work on art. I think this will help to keep me from burning out, and just having balance is so important. I also have the goal of following through with projects that I start. I have been pretty good about keeping these goals in check, I hope I can keep it up for the whole summer.
That wraps things up for now. Oh, and another goal is for me to try and write a blog once a week, I hope I can follow through with that one too!
Thanks for the support!
Enjoy all the pictures!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.