Pasture improvement and maintenance is ongoing. This fall I replanted two, the buck pasture and back pasture. They are both coming along slowly (too slowly, but what can one do?).
|Back pasture. New forage is growing, but slowly|
|Buck pasture, a little farther along.|
We've been fortunate that November and December have been mild and rainy enough to make for good growing conditions, but the growth is still too young and tender to let the goats on it.
|I have two small patches of winter wheat.|
There was a long dry spell after I planted, but at last it came up!
|I'm using cattle panels to plant Jerusalem artichokes|
along the fence line. The idea is that the goats can eat
the leaves without demolishing the plants. I hope.
It's the time of year for that. I've been relocating Jerusalem artichokes and moving volunteer blueberry bushes.
Garden (Lone Bed)
|Lettuce, radishes, mesclun, and my garlic|
Overhauling the garden this winter meant I didn't get much planted for a fall and winter garden. What I did plant has been pretty sparse in coming up. I lament that, but we do enjoy the little bit we get.
|Everything's down and gone, except the concrete slab which used to|
be the "coal barn" carport. Hopefully that will become my milking room.
We've got the old coal barn completely down and the area pretty much cleaned up. The next step will be to trim the dead branches from the old oak tree which could cause damage. That will also be next year's firewood, so that's two benefits with one job.
|Daphne & Helen|
I'm about 95% confident that my Kinder girls have been bred, and about 95% that Surprise hasn't. This is based on whether or not any of them have (or haven't) gone back into heat. I'm not planning to do any other testing, but will keep an eye on them. Helen's due date would be around March 11, Daphne's would be closer to April 2. I've had Surprise with Gruffy repeatedly, but she keeps going back into heat so I'm assuming first generation Kinders are a no go.
Little Series of Homestead How-Tos eBook
|How to Make |
An Herbal Salve
Look for Book 4 of the series to come out next month.