Tuesday, April 28, 2015

around the farm

Popping in for a little update!


Our first asparagus harvest, such a treat. My little girl eats the straight up raw, freshly cut stalks!


The kids and I have a slight addiction to chocolate goat's milk, of which copious amounts are consumed daily; so much so that I don't have enough milk left for cheesemaking! I'm hoping to acquire a Nubian in milk over the next month or so, if one finds her way to us.


We have four new laying hen chicks in the brooder, a couple varieties we've never had before - two dark brahmas and two brown leghorns. They get lots of love, and my girl spends hours each day holding them, reading stories to them, and rocking them to sleep in her little rocking chair. It is the sweetest.


I've never grown such beautiful tomato starts! Except I'm noticing some leaf curling now, and have declared a Tomato Plant Emergency, which I hope to avert tomorrow by getting some proper potting mix and larger containers. These are growing in compost right now, and I have a feeling the soil is too damp and heavy for their liking. Oh, if I could just get them to hang in there for a couple more weeks, they can go into the great outdoors!


In the garden, I'm looking forward to the first rhubarb harvest, although it seems to be growing slower this year (or maybe I'm just more impatient!) Our garlic beds are growing well, and a large bed of about 100 onion bulbs are just starting to poke up. There's also a bed of potatoes. I'm going back to the raised bed method this year (I need about 10 more built! Hmmm). With our springtime flooding issues and high winds bringing in loads of weed seeds, I think raised beds will be easier to maintain. And as a bonus, it also prevents my little helpers from accidentally stepping on things I want to grow! We've planted peas and various cool weather greens in this cold frame. Stuff is starting to sprout there, too. I plan to grow my cabbage and cucumbers in here next month, maybe keeping them under cover to prevent pest damage and also hopefully allowing the peas and cukes to vine up the frame.

Okay, off I go now. We've a baptism to prepare for this weekend, and although I've finished giving everyone haircuts, there's ironing to be done and a little shrug to try knitting in time (read: a sink-full of dishes to avoid washing).

16 comments:

  1. So delightful to see the little ones enjoying a life filled with wonder!

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  2. I love that they are reading to the chickens and rocking them. That is awesome. After such a rough winter, you can really hear the delight in your voice, along with many others, about spring and being able to plant and harvest. It is so nice. :)

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  3. Those are some well-loved chicks! Sounds like your garden is on the same schedule as ours. Hoping to harvest asparagus this weekend. Must have been a good year for starting tomatoes. Our starts are huge too and we've had to transplant them twice into bigger pots. At this rate we will have tomatoes before we get them in the ground!

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  4. I love your little helpers! They have grown!!! And that picture of your daughter with the chick is just too precious for words..

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  5. My they've gotten big already! I am so delighted to see and hear a bit of what is going on down on your farm. Oh that chick getting such attention--just precious. We inherited a plot at our community garden that has asparagus and we're starting to see them, too, but few. I hope your tomatoes stay strong. I was thinking of you when we planted out Amish Pastes.

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  6. (That was planted OUR Amish Pastes. Its a few weeks too early for them to go OUT yet here, too. Rocky Mountain Springtime and all...)

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  7. Just reading about chocolate goats milk makes me hungry for some! Your tomatoes look good and so do your helpers. I loved the part about reading stories to the chicks! So precious!

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  8. Lovely update, Jaime! Isn't spring just such an amazingly beautiful time full of so much hope?

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  9. Hi, just wanted to say "Hi" my blog is under construction at the moment, and we have a family wedding in a month!! so not sure how long I will be down, but blessings on your garden, bread basket, knitting needles:)

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  10. Lovely blog, and gorgeous little helpers. I cant wait for my asparagus, only just planted crowns so I think we're a couple of years off. Did you start with one plant or two?

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    1. Hello and thank you! I originally planted 10 crowns. It does take some patience, but well worth the wait!

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  11. So delightful to see the little ones enjoying a life filled with wonder!

    Roy@ http://www.roysfarm.com

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  12. You have crafted such a beautiful blog. I love reading about how you make such good use of your land, and how it is all so centered around that adorable family of yours. We certainly miss all the updates.

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much for those kind words! I've been meaning to get back to blogging - it's just such a busy season of life right now! I just tucked the garlic into the ground, put the garden beds to rest for winter, and dried up the milking goat, so the days are slowing a bit. Perhaps I can find that time for an update soon.

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