Monday, March 6, 2017

Homesteading Update: Garden Work

garden tools

            Hey folks! The piddling around the farm continues until we're fairly certain the crazy Indiana weather is going to stop messing with us. It is back down in the 20's and 30's (brr!) again the weekend I'm writing this, but we were lucky to take advantage of the warm weather some before it cooled off again. It's supposed to be back in the upper 40's tomorrow, so we'll be working on one of the pig fences, but more on that in next week's post!

roto-tilling pig

            Since, for whatever reason, we didn't have Bruce's first garden area fenced off as big as we planned on making it this year, I decided we could just stick him in the “baby pen” to finish the job. Since it was so nice out one Wednesday and we were already doing some other stuff outside, I decided to go ahead and get started. He was easy enough to move in it. He plodded right along and didn't put up a fight or anything. Plus, he went nuts over all the green stuff since his new semi-permanent area is pretty lacking and mostly covered in vines. The pictures above are what he accomplished in just a little over an hour!

garden rows

            We spread some wheat, clover, and pea seeds around, but John wanted to plant some in the garden too to make sure we actually had some that made it. We didn't do any clover here, but we did plant some of the winter peas and red wheat berries. This will be part of the chickens' food!

compost pile

            Not very exciting, but I finally turned over the compost pile. I really need to get better about making sure it's equal and, ya know, turning it more often. Yes, those are daffodils popping up. They are kind of the bane of my existence right now. Don't get me wrong: I love flowers as much as the next person, but they are EVERYWHERE...Mostly places I don't want them! At least they don't last long?

            Have you guys been able to do any gardening or planting yet? Don't forget to come back next week for (hopefully, if everything falls into place) an exciting update!

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