Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

The Best Laid Plans.

Just what I (never) expected.  I couldn’t help but notice there was a disparity between the tomato transplants in the greenhouse.  The seedlings transplanted into straw bales had the benefit of the decomposing straw to warm their roots, provide nutrients, and provide consistent moisture.  The seedlings transplanted into plastic pots just had potting soil and [...]

Drunken gardening.

I still remember the day we we started.  I remember because my camera dates the pictures when I download them to the laptop.  Which is a very handy feature.  I think I may start taking pictures of the does and bucks when they are managing their personal business.  Sure would help with kidding season.  Although [...]

A Farm Day To Remember.

It started out in the usual way.

Weeding

Don’t be fooled.  Farming is not as scientific as it is intuitive.  It takes sensitivity.  Attentiveness.  A discerning eye.  Not just everyone has this ability.  Take weeding the garden, for example.  Some people will say that weeding should be done a little bit every day.  At least every week.  I don’t know about you, but [...]

Guineas Gone Wild.

**Note from the author:  OK, so I forgot to post Part 2 and Part 3 of  my article for Farm To Table.  There have been some complaints whining questions from people who want to know how it all ended.  So I am posting the article in its entirety below.  Please be aware that this article [...]

Circumstances.

I am known for my brilliant plans.  My brilliant follow-through, not so much.  Which isn’t for lack of trying on my part.  I put forth incredible effort.  It’s just that Circumstances always get in the way.  I hate Circumstances.
This year, my brilliant plan was to keep guineas in the garden to eat all the bugs.  [...]

Spring showers.

The spring garden hasn’t been planted yet.  Even though the spring solstice has come and gone.
The chicken wire hasn’t been pulled up from the backside of the pond yet.  Even though the sunshine and spring rain has brought a flush of new growth in the brambles and sawgrass on the dam.
The post holes for the [...]

When Bad Chores Happen To Good Farmers.

Not every day around here involves newborn goat kids or picking the first sweet snap peas off the trellis.  Sometimes we are following a trail of blood drops into the barn to discover a goat with her eyelid split open. Or applying butt salve to the rear end of the guardian dog after he broke [...]

O, Farmer, Wherefore Art Thou?

It’s me, the garden.
I’m just wondering where you are.  Because I haven’t seen you in a while.  And there’s trouble down here.

Me and the Little Red Hen

Apparently Mother Nature doesn’t know that the summer solstice is on June 21st.  Like everyone else, she assumed that summer started on Memorial Day.  So she sent us a week of heat, humidity and thunderstorms.  Which is fine with me since I had just planted some seeds and didn’t have to worry about keeping the [...]

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