It’s been a while since I have done a farm update. We have added 2 members of the human kind to our farm family (more on that later also 🙂 and life is good. Busy and different but good.
This summer we added a big new field of row crops and I feel like converting everything to long rows now. They are so pleasing to walk through and easy to maintain. We have easily 3 dozen different veggies growing in the garden and 3 huge beds of potatoes. An official herb garden instead of having my herbs scattered around our homestead and I painted a barn quilt to go on the side of the henhouse. We have once again added more rabbits, a breeding pair of meat rabbits and are planning pigs and bees in the spring.
The Tolouse goslings almost have their honk. I am expecting it any day and they seem to have taken on the role of duck security guards. They puff up their little chests and create a circle around the ducks which is so funny. The ducklings are feathering out and spending most of their time in their little kiddie pool. The new chicks have learned their place in the pecking order and stay clear of the older hens. If the older hens are inside the henhouse, they are out in the yard. Everyone seems to be settling in perfectly fine save for a hen that gets a little annoyed once in a while with all the new additions to her henhouse. We added portable and very lightweight electric fencing which everyone has learned to use and avoid including Mateo. I find my kids sitting nearby watching to see if any of the new chicks run into the fence which is actually a pretty funny sight to see. It is so good to know that predators cannot get to our animals anymore. Good for this mamas mind.
We will be starting some fall seedlings sometime in the next few days and so continues the cycle. It’s so good to not need to buy all of these things at a store and so good for farm kids to keep busy with. They love it.
Christopher received a recurve bow for his birthday with a homemade wooden target. I plan on making him a leather quiver for Christmas and I love to see these boys out in the woods practicing.
The weather is getting so nice and cool in the morning and evenings here and its a nice reminder that we are almost out of the heat of summer which is not my favorite. Soon enough fall will be here and we will get to spend more time in the woods which right now are a crazy jungle of trees, vines, brambles and weeds. Soon, very soon.
For now, I will enjoy morning breakfasts of eggs and greens (though they got a little bug eaten but still yummy) and tea on the rocking chair on the shady porch but I know that pumpkins and squash are coming and perhaps hot chocolate sometimes instead of tea.
How is life in your neck of the woods?