Wednesday, March 25, 2009

spring has sprung

the pullets are at that ugly stage right now. they'll start looking better in a few weeks. this stage is especially sad for this breed, silver laced wyandottes.

the green house is really a huge change for us this year.

not having the tomatoes in the house threatened by small crazy children has been a sanity saver.

our matriarch cat is with kitten again. she is a true farm cat and her offspring are great hunters.

bob has one of her daughters, overfeeds her and she still is an incredible hunter.

this in an incredibly straight row of onions.

it just looks crooked.

greens are doing nicely.

we started these in flats and transplanted them a few weeks ago.


he looks normal sized in this photo. he's not though. the kids try to ride him all the time. he lets them for about three or four seconds. henry loves rome and hovers over him when he's on the ground in his areas.


aka dinner

this is the smaller pig kirby.

ham anyone?


the past illness has all but halted progress on the new coop.

fresh raw milk is in my future and here is the reason.

garden yet to be planted.

we love our green house.

our peach tree is in full bloom.

along with the redbuds, service berry trees and all those bradford pear ornamentals everywhere.

strawberry beds. the newest one is in the foreground.

rome has taken to a speedier method of transportation

the bear crawl.

he is thinning down loosing that chubby baby status

he still has a double chin though.


Rixa said...

Wow, everything is so vibrant and green and full of life on your farm! We're just starting to see hints of green where we live.

Angie said...

Good mousers will always be that no matter how much you feed them. Bad mousers on the other hand will starve to death without our help. I watched too many cats starve on a farm that subscribed to the theory of not feeding them to make them mouse. A good mouser is certainly worth its weight in food!

Its amazing how a few hundred miles makes a difference in the appearance of spring. We are patiently waiting. Our forsythia is just starting to bloom. No sign of blooms on the peach tree yet. We are hoping to get our potatoes in soon. We got so much rain yesterday that they may just have to be put in the mud. All worth it in the end though!

omelay said...

hey, the kids planted those onions, not me! -tabitha

tansy said...

i'm jealous of your greenhouse! mine is toast and greg hasn't had time to cover it in plastic, thus no seedlings yet. i plan to start them anyway this weekend and protect them as good as i can before it's too late to start them at all.

everything is looking terrific! jocelyn is gorgeous.

warren said...

"Dinner anyone?" Very nice man!

Ron said...

I love your greenhouse too... I've acquired quite a few windows, might try that next year. Or this fall. Your tomatoes are huge! I think crooked rows confuse the insects, that's my theory anyway. I didn't realize how crooked my sweet peas were till they came up. :)

Of course, I have a special soft spot for the pigs... you guys sure will enjoy that wonderful home-grown pork!


white_lilly said...

Gee! Your seedlings are looking great and your veggie patch is coming along nicely. I can see this is going to be a good season for you. Can't wait to see your chicken coop finished.

I hope Rome doesn't loose his chubbyness too soon, he is so gorgeous

Tim said...

Loks like we are going to try a small garden to start us out. I would go all out but I have so many irons in the fire with the house remodel and all. Looks like your ready for it though.

Polar Bear and The Dodger said...

we are (happily) unexpectedly getting some piglets next week and i don't know what kind of pen to build. with your pallet pen, is it just pallets set onto rebar and how do we keep them from rooting underneath? any advice would be happily received! i love last minute scrambles but i want them to be safe from our unruly dogs. thanks!

karl said...
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karl said...

rixa, this current cold snap will likely set things back a little.

angie, i agree it is genetics and not starving them that does the trick.

tansy, and we got our greenhouse idea from you.

warren, yes tasty dinner.

ron, you'd really like having a greenhouse. our pigs will be slaughtered soon, they are huge.

white lily, me too on that coop. i'll get to work on it today.

tim, i have so many irons on so many fires that it is amazing that i get anything accomplished.

molly, this pen certainly wouldn't keep out any dogs except miniature breeds. my trick to keep them from rooting is to keep them busy. i am forever adding old hay and hickory nuts and generally stuff to keep them busy. they do root around but never to get out. they seem to hunt for stuff in the ground when they get bored. an electric fence charger might be your solution for the dogs and rooting issues. ron kept his pigs from rooting with a single hot-line and a pallet pen.

i screwed the pallets together and drove cedar posts into the ground at close intervals. re-bar would work though. adding old hay every few days really is what kept them from rooting.

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