A family farm

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almost all started

Monday night I got busy again and planted 3 small hanging baskets and 2 large ones. I used impantiens seeds and convulvulus flowers of an assorted variety of colors. I'm excited to see if they work out! Fortunately, I planted them with enough time to make sure they work out before going to a greenhouse and purchasing already made hanging baskets. I did forget to plant my fun-shaped one, however. I'll have to do that this weekend. I also seed-started my tomatoes and all my hot peppers. I have jalapenos going as well as chili and a general hot pepper that I think is another chili. All I have to start is my bell peppers. Again, another project for Sunday. My Saturday is filling up as we are picking up another goat, perhaps taking this one in trade for one of our baby does. He is a dun-colored Nubian wether named William. He is 2 years old. He should fit right in with the rest of our goats. Chris is going to be making the goat pen bigger. It will be dividable so we can separate out the girls from the boys in August so we don't have any late winter babies. It was awful cold for Lily's babies. I know they are alright, but still. They were born in February! I'm also wondering if Naomi is pregnant. There's no real way to tell until a few more months have passed. Wouldn't that be something? Also, on Saturday, I'm taking Clare and Tami to possibly get dehorned. That should be fun. Then Saturday evening I have a big DATE with my husband! We are going to see Bob Seger!!!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Backyard Viewing

Deer in the back 6 this weekend ... Breathetaking! (and tasty!)

Planting again

Last night I planted my spinach and romaine lettuce. I'm a week late on that according to the vegetable gardening book I'm following. Next weekend is a big weekend! Into the ground of the garden goes peas, carrots, onions and rhubarb. Chris doesn't like rhubarb, but I miss having strawberry rhubarb pie. I thought I'd give it a shot. Perhaps I can sell or donate a little bit here and there. Into the small 4-shelf greenhouse I'll plant tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and squash. Like I said, BIG weekend! Tonight, however, I'm going to try my hands at doing some creative hanging baskets without having the flowers yet. I'm going to plant seeds and see what comes up in the baskets! I'm excited!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


This morning I heard killdeer flying around the property! Saturday morning I heard a frog out in the swamp ... I think spring is finally springing, but then we're forecasted to get snow next Wednesday. That's the high and the low of it, I guess. I've seen a few robins flying about as well, but they may have wintered up here. The killdeer being out and about are a better sign, I think. Time to prune the apple trees!

Monday, March 14, 2011

This weekend ...

This weekend was fantastic! I spent time with friends and family and just really enjoyed myself. I also found out that what I seed-started a mere 5 days ago has sprouted! I have little 1-inch tall red and green cabbages and kohlrabi! My brussel sprouts are nearly ready to pop out of the seeds. In fact you can see a bit of the sprouts peeking out of the seeds. I also got a 6'x6' shed to start my greenhouse! I'm going to replace the roof with opaque fiberglass and frame it and put it on hinges so I can raise the roof to allow for breezes to cool the greenhouse in the summer. This should be fun! I'm looking forward to experimenting and seeing what I can do with some plants. I have a few other ideas as well. I'm sure happy I saved those 2 parts to the slider from Marcy's house.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It's Started

Monday evening I was extremely industrious. While I was making dinner, Kellie and I planted brussel sprouts, cabbage (red and green) and kohlrabi. Finally I have something in my little 4-shelf greenhouse. Sunday I put a temperature gauge in there and kept it zipped all day and it got to 99 degrees! I made sure to unzip it and pull up the sides yesterday, but today it remains zipped as there isn't any sun and it is alternating between rain and snow at home. Here at work it's just been raining. I don't imagine the little greenhouse will get too warm. I may plant more this weekend rather than waiting until the book says I should. I may start my tomatoes!

The kids are doing great! at less than a day, yesterday the new ones are bounding around and having a high old time. Sunday we get rid of Freddie for a month as he will go to breed other does, and we get a shed in return. GREAT deal! I'll end up with a 6'x6' greenhouse. It is wonderful! It will go just behind the barn in the field by the squash garden.