Daily Dairy

DairyI started milking Hermione this week and she’s giving me 1.5 quarts every morning.  I made my first batch of chevre but threw it away due to consistency issues which I am attributing to last year’s culture and rennet.  More have been ordered and will arrive soon.  That’s an AM haul of eggs, we get between 5 and 7 additional in the afternoon.  Just enough to keep our regular weekly customers happy.

Seedlings

PlantsThe veggie seedlings we started a few months back have been potted up in peat pots and are becoming acclimated to the outdoors on our back deck.  I am itching to get them in the garden but am being cautious as we have a few weeks left until our possible last frost date for the season.  We have so much work to do on our raised beds.  We’ve got half of them weeded and replenished with compost from our barn.  We’ve purchased weed barrier for between the beds and have deer fence for the entire garden on order.

Sunny Side Up

DuckThat tiny egg is one of our largest, the other one is a duck egg gifted to us by a friend.  It was delicious!  I start milking today.  Hermione’s last kid went to his new home where he’s going to live with lots of other well-loved goats and a few horses.  We need to get the remainder of our raised beds weeded and replenished with compost.  Our seedlings are raring to go and our last frost date is coming soon.  We purchased weed cloth for between the raised beds and that needs to be installed.  This is a busy time of year for us.

Mesmerized

Frog1 Frog2We keep a moon jar out by our Cowboy Cauldron as an outdoor night light.  It’s simply made from a frosted plastic container and the LED from a garden landscape light.  It collects sun rays all day then emits a soft glow all night.  I happened to look down when taking our dog Jack out right before bedtime last night and noticed something worshiping the moon in the jar.  Hello toad!

Bee Pickup Day

B2 B3 B4 B5 B6.1 B6.2 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10 B11We picked up two packages of bees today about a 90 minute drive from here.  They rode home in the back seat of our car.  All 24,000 of them.  Packaged bees come with a can of sugar water with three little holes punched in the bottom for the bees to eat en route and a queen cage that has the queen plus a few worker bees who attend to her.  The queen cage has a plug of ‘candy’ at one end, contained by a cork plug.  We remove the cork plug and place the queen cage in the hive.  It takes the bees between 1 and 2 days to eat away the candy to release the queen into the hive.   Once the queen’s cage is hung in the hive, we dump in the packaged bees.  The feeder gets place on top with a pollen patty on one side and about a half gallon of homemade sugar syrup on the other before enclosing the entire thing.  Fingers crossed, we’ll get gallons and gallons of honey this summer!

Cute

Lambs1A few of our 2015 lambs, waiting for their mamas to finish breakfast in the feeding pen.

Potatoes Are In

plowingWe have our potato patch planted, and I expect to spend this afternoon in the greenhouse.  We have a nice long stretch of warm weather on the way here.  Gotta get busy!

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