Week Peepin' #06 - 05/14/18 - 05/20/18

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As we get closer and closer to summer, every day just feels so magical!

The air is warm, the dew is heavy, the sky is amazing, I'm getting tan, and I mow...

A lot.

Like twice a week now! It's a good thing I really love it.

I mean, look at that sky! 

I mean, look at that sky! 

The plants on our porch are EXPLODING with life! Soon we'll be harvesting our first radishes, and then eventually it will just be non-stop! I have snap peas, cucamelons, jelly melon cucumbers, and lots of lettuce greens started for the new raised bed from last week. We bought the wood to build two more, and I started some melon seeds for a small melon patch. I can taste them already.

Thankfully I got these figs in the ground. They were not going to last much longer in the pots! One of our grapes has come out of dormancy (crossing my fingers for the other 5!), and all three pear trees have come out as well. Looks like I'll be expanding the orchard soon!

Yes, we still need to finish that fence. It's on the list.

Yes, we still need to finish that fence. It's on the list.

May and Darby have FINALLY warmed up to us, which means we can have some fun outside time soon!! We are working on their fence this weekend so they can move out to the pasture full time. I have a theory that the five of them living in the barn together has really solidified them as a herd. They follow each other, play together, and sleep together. I'm so relieved. That first week was difficult, but now that I see the light it was totally it! 

I really have begun to develop that patience I always wanted. 

They let me hug them now!!

They let me hug them now!!

Aurora graduated from Kindergarten!

We had a pretty hectic morning day of. Coop REALLY need to have his band put on. I was getting worried one of the doelings was going get pregnant, and Coop is really not herd sire material (though he's adorable). He's also related to ALL of them in some way. He was 10 weeks old the day we banded, which I feel good about. In an ideal world I would have waited until he was older, but I live here....right now. I was loosing way too much sleep over his man bits so they went. I'm now the proud owner of an elastrator and a huge bag of bands, so I'm ready for our first kidding season! I'm not really sure how to use it since I had to hold Coop while it was done, but I'll get some training next spring.

If you are wondering why Sky is with us for this unpleasant errand, I had tried to take him to do it the day before, and he SCREAMED all the way to the feed store and back. We ended up delaying the deed because the elastrator they had in stock had been sold, so they needed to order a new one for me. Small town problems! She kept him company so he yelled a little less. There was still a lot of goat noise in town and the school drop off that morning.

Her last day of kindergarten!

Her last day of kindergarten!

Do you rememberIthe strawberry patch i planted last year? Well it survived, and was thriving in the weeds, so I started to mulch it! Looks like we're going to modifying our garden plans because I can't bring myself to rip them out. The plants are doing too well to scrap them!

Mulched them with straw, just as thier name implies!

Mulched them with straw, just as thier name implies!

Thanks to a friend I got a copy of the Ohio Gardener Magazine I'm in! It felt super cool, and a little weird to hold a picture and story about myself in print. When I started this site almost two years ago I had no idea so many people would follow along and I'd do neat things like a magazine interview and podcast interviews!

That's me, in print!

That's me, in print!

The homestead skills book club is still reading The Monarch, but a new book starts next week! I am so excited to do some citizen science with the beautiful butterflies utilizing the new knowledge we gain. I got parts of our pollinator garden planted, so hopefully I'll get it done over this long weekend.

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I can't describe to you how honored I am every time you peek at my week. I love sharing what we have going on, and I hope you find a lot of fun, a little wisdom, and maybe even a dash of inspiration to get your hands dirty.

Cheers!

Bev

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