Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

What was I thinking?

There’s no good excuse.  I guess I just got carried away.  Because the summer garden was finally planted (except for the root crops which prefer a 3rd quarter moon).  The raised beds in the side pasture were filled with compost in preparation for the vine crops (2nd quarter moon in Scorpio).  The chicken accessories were [...]

The Perfect Storm

It’s second quarter moon in Cancer.
And almost April 22nd.
Plus, a gentle rain in the forecast.
To top it off,  the kids are home from school on an early release day.
You know what that means.
You do, don’t you?
Ready, set…if you’ve got it, plant it!
That’s right.  For those of us using the lunar calendar as a guide, the [...]

‘Tis the season

It’s that time of year.  When the chickens’ desire to procreate overrides their desire to provide me with fresh eggs for market.  The entire 4 acres of our farm becomes the battleground for a strategic game of  chicken-hide-and-farmer-seek.
Bad chicken.  This is not the nest box.

Hardening Off

Hardening off is a transitional period during which one accustoms seedlings started indoors to the natural environmental conditions outdoors, in preparation for transplanting.  It’s a delicate process requiring patience and diligence to prevent shock or stress to the seedlings.  Or so I hear.
I’m not exactly sure how hardening off works because patience and diligence are [...]

The Big Hay

I know it’s not a big deal to most farmers.  With their hundreds of acres and farm machinery worth thousands of dollars.  But around here we work our 4 acres by hand.  And we buy our hay in the squares bales that fit in the back of the Suburban.  Or on a big load, in [...]

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