Daily Farm Report

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So, I've not been all that "daily" about these posts, but here it is anyway.

  1. Goats are doing well. The kids, Maggie and Boomer, and both fat and sassy. All but Sammy have been sheared. I might have to work on him a little tomorrow, as it is just hot today, and I feel for him with all that fleece.

  2. Wild Black Raspberries. I believe I should have some ripe enough to pick this morning for this afternoon's market. I'm thinking - oh, $6.00 a quart. Still cheaper than the $3.50 for 4 ounces at the grocery, and these are FRESH!

  3. Leaf lettuce. It's good. We had some last night. I have to pick and rinse this morning for the afternoon's market.

  4. Weeding. Oh, gosh. The weeds have gone wild with all the recent rains. Some of them are horrible things with stickers. At this point, I'm just trying to keep an area around each plant free of weeds - and then I mow those which are in a wide enough area that I can just cut them short. Note to self - next year, make beds within the large garden with mowing strips between the beds, should help with weeding, etc.

  5. Sven the kitten is growing and becoming less of a pain in the ass. He has an extraordinarily long tail. I wonder if that is common with 7-toed kitties.

  6. Willy and Petey - they have been in the goat pasture, but I need to move them back into the horse pasture as they are hogging the stalls and eating the goat's feed.

  7. John bought a Korean War era Army Jeep. We need to make a special spot for it in the barn. Probably on the slab next to the back barn door.

  8. I need to get out before the heat becomes unbearable. See ya!

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One of our two cats also has an exceptional tail - it’s as long as his body and a good 3” in diameter. We call it ‘Duster”.

I decided it needed a name one night at 2am. At that time in his life he liked to sleep on / in the headboard of our bed. Come 2:00 one night he flopped that big old tail across my face and I woke up thinking someone had dropped a dead ferret on me. This lead to the decision that anything that big needed a name.

Buddy Cat is sized to carry Duster - he’s a 20lb cat who has to wear a Beagle collar because they don’t make cat collars big enough to go around his neck. I tell him they just label it as a Beagle collar to keep unworthy cats from wearing it. He’s sensistive he is, remembering that he’s a 3lb kitten who can sit on my hand. The fact that his head is the size of both my rather large fists together seems to escape him.

If you look in a breed book he looks exactly like a Norwegian Forest Cat.

(quick check to see if I can find a reference… http://petmd.com/cat/breeds/cctnorwegian_forest?gclid=COGp26bWkZsCFRBbagodS1skoA is one but Buddy is an orange tabby)

Norwegian forest cats are beautiful!

ALternatively, SWWBO, you could take one of those stumps/felled trees you guys have and turn it into mulch. Lay the mulch down, and inch or more deep, but leave a appropriately sized hole for your plant. Most, if not all, of the weeds will come up in the clear area. A lot less area to weed, neh?

Ry that stump to mulch step was glossed over too quickly.

How did the market go? You seem to be doing better and better.

Well, someone has to have a woodchipper, Argent.

There’s machine rentals out that a ways. I’ve seen some rental stores on the way to the dump out there. Rent yourself a woodchipper. Take the felled tree(s) and feed them in. Save the chips as mulch. Or, you could buy mulch from the local Wal-mart/big box store/hardware store. If you go that route I suggest getting the stuff that’s ground up tire. That’ll last a winter or three so you don’t have to re-buy every year.Just shovel it up into garbage bags every NOV.

Or, you could get fine mesh window screen. Big rolls of it. Lay that down with holes cut for the plants. It’ll slow down, if not prevent, weeds being able to sprout. Cuts down the light, and even if they do they wind up running under the screen, leaving you able to get to your plants no muss, no fuss. They sell ‘special screen’ but it’s basically the same thing as nylon window screen.

Beth, We have done this on our garden spots and it works really well and is in keeping with ‘organic.’

The farm supply stores should be carrying a clear type of plastic to spread over your growing area. What you do is rototill your weeds into the ground in the fall, and spread this plastic on your area. What happens is that the killer UV rays kill all the pre emergent stuff in the spring so you can mulch between rows and not have to weed.

We have bottled 18 quarts of peaches and are working on peach jam and frozen corn.

We have a raccoon that likes to eat the dry cat food; a HUGE fellow. He checks out their feeding dishes every day at 2 pm. Since we have been feeding them small portions because of this, he isn’t always successful. I thought it was a female at first, but the Engineer got a good look at it and said ‘It’s a guy.’

heh.

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