I apologize for not keeping up with the forum very well lately. This is the busy season for farming, and I just haven’t had much time to “play” on the computer. I’ll try to get some updated info out there soon in case anyone’s interested.
Right now the updates are:
Strawberries aren’t doing so well this year – may have had frost damage.
We let the meat chickens out today after losing two to heat stroke. Bad on us.
No home group this week (June 28)
Nothing much new but it’s been a while…the garden is in and growing…some stuff looks like it could use a bit of help so we will fertilize this week. Our soil tends to be low in phosphorus.
Chicks are moved to the big coop and we lost one in the transition but the others look much healthier and are growing nicely. Hens are still producing like crazy.
Last evening we picked our first few strawberries. We netted the blueberries and strawberries and put straw around them. The grapes are setting new leaves…we are thankful that the frost didn’t entirely kill them.
The steers have stayed in…we are thankful for that too. This weekend we will finish planting the garden and work on moving the herbs and flowers.
Today I’m cleaning the big chicken coop and moving the chicks from the garage to the coop. Also continuing work on the garden – hopefully we’ll plant it today.
A couple of Poppies bloomed and I think some of the Peonies will open today. I’ll post pics if able.
Last night’s Truth Project tour was “God and man”. Very interesting. I’m really enjoying the series. I wish now I’d taken the training when they offered it and got a copy of the DVD series for myself.
I called in “late” to work. I’ll go walk the fence, check the charger, and kill the cow if I can catch it.
Saturday we got more rows into the garden – moved 2 1/2 tons of dirt!
Sunday was church and home group, both of which were pretty good, and a 10 mile bike trip.
Today’s goal was to move the laying hens from the big coop to the little coop to make room for the meat chickens in the big coop.
In order for that to happen we had to put up about 300 feet of chicken fence, build a gate, nest boxes, roosts, etc.
We managed to get it all done just as it was getting dark.
The laying hens are now in their new “digs”. We’ll see how effective the new fence is tomorrow when we let them out.
New chicken coop continues… new chickens arrive Thursday or Friday! We are just 6 1x8x8’s short to finish it. Waiting on Joe to make them.
Company coming Tuesday through Friday.
Transplanted seedlings yesterday; lost grape vines, some strawberries, and many flowers to hard frost last night. Bummer. We always seem to plant too early.
Homegroup “met” at the Chinese restaurant after church on Sunday, then ended up informally continuing at our house after all. The weekend was good.