It’s been a week of babies, babies and more babies on the farm! I love it! First we noticed the cat was missing. Dan discovered her with a litter of four kittens in the grainery. She has moved them about four times since we first found her. She isn’t too happy about our presence and so there aren’t any pictures, but I’ve made Dan promise he’ll tame at least one, so Nathan can have a pet.
Last Wednesday our multicolored goat gave birth to our first set of twins and it began the cascade of twins. Since then almost every morning a mama has given birth, and since they are seasoned nannies, they are giving birth to twins, which is great. They have been mostly female, six in total and three males. Our count was up to 8 kids, until we got a surprise phone call Monday morning.
Dan was digging in the internet cable while I was finishing my house chores and scooping compost into the wheel barrow to prep the flower garden for planting, when our grazing client called. Dan said at first he thought he was going to get bad news about a goat dying, but instead one of the goats had a kid Sunday night after the storm! We suspected she might be pregnant but had calculated her gestation to be closer to July! We were pretty shocked, but pleased. The evenings have been cool and since the grazing area doesn’t have shelter, we felt it wise to go pick up the Mama and kid and bring her back to the safety of the farm. No twins, just a single female, all brown, and healthy. The goats all came trotting over the hill when they saw Dan. Happy to see a familiar face, even though they are doing a great job eating up the pasture area and hopefully killing the leafy spurge that is poisonous to the owner’s horses.
Every day Nathan and I take a morning trip outside to let the chickens out, see how many more baby chicks there are (they’re in a different building then our laying hens), visit the newest kids, and then look over the garden to see what’s coming up and what needs to be done. After working all day Saturday and part of Monday, we planted the whole garden: cucumbers, melons, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, squash and zucchini.
The popcorn and sweet corn are coming up, romaine is off to a great start, spinach is ready for a first cutting, radishes will be ready in a week or so, green beans and dragon tongue beans are sprouting, garlic is up past my knees and needs to be weeded, carrots and beets look great, kale, swiss chard, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and green onions came up, and the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are adjusting beautifully to the garden. Peppers are the only seedlings that didn’t do well. We have a few transplants that survived, but we’ll probably have to get some of those from the nursery.
Monday we planted the annuals for cut flowers in my herb garden. If all goes as planned, it will be just gorgeous in about 6 weeks! I’m dedicating a whole row to sunflowers, decorative corn and sorghum for the fall. The bees will love those big yellow heads in the fall, for making honey.
The bees have been loving the chive blossoms, and apparently Nathan does too. He likes to pull the purple heads off, which is fine since there are so many, but yesterday we caught him stuffing one in his mouth! It didn’t phase him at all. What a riot! Now I just have to keep him from pulling all the flowers! I am impatiently waiting for my peonies to bloom pink and white!
What did you do for Memorial Day weekend? Did you plant a garden? What do you like to plant?
And that’s the news from this chicks, kittens and kids week on the farm!