There’s lots of work to be done in the garden! We need to get potatoes dug so we can get beans planted. Then there’s the cantaloupe that should have been harvested several days ago and the watermelon that also needs to be picked. With all the laughter going on, it seems to be more fun than work!
Oh the places you will go and the things you will learn, see and do at the fair!
I was sitting there giving Neville his vitamins… or at least attempting to… when Miley came running in saying there was a little chick outside! She was so excited! We put mamma hen and chick in our chicken tractor so we can watch her raise it.
Our rooster, Neville, hasn’t been doing very good for a while now. Lately he’s gotten worse and one night we were sure he wouldn’t make it to the next morning. Surprisingly he did, thanks to a prayer, and he’s been slowly getting a little better. He’s still got a long ways to go but we’re happy he’s improving.
We have a broody hen so I decided to put some turkey eggs under her to see if she will hatch them. The turkey hen is building a clutch and I’m hoping she will start sitting soon. Maybe the 3rd time is a charm? Unfortunately Neville isn’t doing very well anymore… so sad! My mom has a neat container garden so I decided to give you a little tour of her set up.
There’s a lot of stuff going on today, first we’re getting chores done! Our turkey hen has started a new clutch of eggs, hopefully this time hatching will be successful. There was a broody hen running around so we captured her in hopes she will settle down and sit on some turkey eggs. Miley got to do her favorite chore of all time, which is give the pigs water. She got splattered by the pigs… is it mud or poop? Wanna sniff to find out?
Neither of us felt like doing our chores so Brooke said, “Hey, I’ll do your chores if you do mine.” I took her up on that…. what an awesome deal!
Yep… what the title says… just trying to get a grip on the garden. I started staking my tomatoes by using the Florida weave. What I’ve done so far seems to be working well. I got weeds pulled and mulch laid down. It’s amazing what you can get done when you get up early! 🙂
I decided to try the Florida Weave to stake my tomatoes because the way I was doing it just wasn’t going to work. The kids found a couple baby toads so they decided to make a habitat for them. In the middle of making it, they decided to research what toads need and made some revisions to make the habitat more toad friendly. It was a hot day so we spent the afternoon in the pool.
They showed up to bale our alfalfa. A storm was threatening to roll through so we scrambled to get it all picked up before it rained.
Oh what a windy day!! I’m starting to let Ollie out so that he can run in the pasture with the goats. I’ve been trying to decide how I want to stake my tomatoes, so I’ve started a few but I don’t like how it’s turning out. I’ve came up with a different idea since I made this video… will show in a new video coming soon.
A hen who insists on laying her egg in the barn, and me, who insists she can find another spot to lay… who will win??
We made it back from our little gambling trip. Didn’t win big… at least money wise… but we won big other ways which are things money can’t buy, like spending time together, relaxing, making memories, and… trying to overcome fears of pool drains. I know… weird… but the fear is real, let me tell ya!
Oh dear… there was a whole lot of gobbling going on so we went to check it out. We discovered a flock of wild turkeys had come to visit and the next thing we know, the toms are mating with our turkey hens. Good or bad? We don’t know, what do you think?
It’s one of the funnest times of the year… seed planting time!
Just looking through our flock of chicks and trying to figure out the different breeds we have. We also show how we clean a chick with pasty butt.
The hatching has begun… so far the number has been disappointing but not surprising.
Today is the 18th day the eggs have been in the incubator so it’s time for lock down so the chicks have time to get into position to hatch. It’s also Dylan’s birthday so we spend the day celebrating.
Made a trip to the orthodontist and while we were there we stopped at the pet shop so Brooke could pick out a beta for her fish bowl set up she made.
One of our goals this spring is to hatch out some turkey eggs. The turkeys aren’t laying yet so we decided to get the incubator out and hatch some chicken eggs while we wait.
I’ve been reading about permaculture and have been starting to plan the design of my garden. I’ve still got a lot to learn but have already noticed a difference in just the small changes I’ve made already. We ended the day with a Valentine’s Day dinner.
Neville is still walking with a limp. Can’t decide if it’s an injury or disease… what do you think?
We’re combining our flocks and putting them in one coop. We added more roosts and moved nesting boxes over so there’s room for them all.
We’re making our first egg delivery of the year! After taking the winter off, our chickens have started laying again. It’s so nice to have a steady supply of eggs again. The day was so beautiful that we couldn’t pass up stopping at the park.
Started the day out with the normal chores, then did a little laundry, went shopping and when we got home we found a package had arrived.
It was another cold day so we stayed warm by making two different soups, one for lunch and one for supper, plus we baked cinnamon rolls.
We’re celebrating being here on the farm for five years. I thought I’d share my great grandfather’s story, from a newspaper article he wrote, of his journey here and how he claimed the land we now live on.