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Around the Homestead

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April, from my cross-stitch calendar Christmas present. :)

April is a significant month on the homestead. Our last projected frost date is mid-month, so we can start planting the summer garden. It’s the month when the trees wake up from their winter sleep and put out new leaves. Warmer days and nights also mean that April is the month of our last fire in the woodstove. If we’re lucky, mild days will continue and it won’t get too hot, too soon!
With shifting priorities, my winter projects are mostly set aside. My clean and purge project went fairly well, and I made a lot of progress. I still want to organize my boxes of fabrics and sewing supplies; they’ve needed to all be in one place for several years now.
Goats
Of the goats, Caroline’s udder is much better. The congestion is mostly resolved, although that side still doesn’t produce as much milk as the unaffected side. I still offer bottles to her little girls, even though they eat grass, grain, and hay now too.
Caroline’s girls have names now. The black is Jessamine, the brown is Charlotte.

Usually it’s Charlotte, the brown doeling, who wants it. They each have their own side when they nurse, and she’s the one who ended up with the side that was congested, so she’s getting less milk than her sister. Goat mamas typically let their kids nurse anywhere from between four to six months. 
All three bucklings are sold and will be heading to new homes soon. They turned out really well. 
Mosul and his mom, River.

Orion

Originally Buster Brown, but ‘Jupiter’ for his registration papers.

The little bucks need to go first because they get, well, bucky by the time they are two months old. I like to give them at least 10 weeks of mom’s milk, and then off they go. It’s so much more peaceful to wean them by sending them to new homes, than having to separate them from their mothers. I still have to make some decisions about the little does, but I have more time for them.

Eggs
Chickens and ducks are laying well, but we have yet to get egg one from the turkeys. The other day, Dan found this tiny duck egg.

Crepe myrtle

Does anyone remember the crepe myrtle Dan dug up and dragged down to the woods? It was blocking sun on the greenhouse and needed to be removed.
Picture from Greenhouse Progress: A Side Project, Actually
There are more pictures at the link, for anyone who is curious.

We didn’t know if it would survive, but guess what.
I don’t think the log sections will tolerate kids jumping on them, so
I may encircle this with more clump grass to hopefully secure them.

The leaves around the base of the trunk are crepe myrtle sprouts. The leaves growing out the top are honeysuckle vines that were embedded in the the soil. 
Crepe myrtle and honeysuckle growing

Considering most of the feeder roots were chopped off when it was dug up, this is a surprise. If it can establish it’s root system downwards, it will probably do well. Time will tell.

Firewood

Firewood for next winter curing

Ongoing Fence Maintenance


Willow inspects Dan’s new fence bracing. The
old wood corner post had pretty much rotted away.

Plus

I want to mention that Permies’ Master Gardener Program is finally finished and available. It may seem a little pricey, but it’s 35 hours worth of Helen Atthowe’s extensive better-than-organic video instruction, including veganic pest and disease management, and soil microscopy. If you’ve ever wanted to do a program like this and have anything left in your gardening budget, this is an excellent investment!


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