Whew, it’s been a busy summer…and fall! Between gardens, goats, chickens, baby, and business, we’ve been living at a dead run since about May!
As a quick update, Hubby’s garden turned out great – moving it up close to the barn was a wonderful idea – it got a lot more attention when we were walking past it twice a day, and most everything thrived, including the squash, which went wild and started taking over the lawn, and the mangel beets, which we’ve never had any success with before, but managed this year to grow one nearly as tall as toddler M:
The goats loved those beets, too! Too bad we only grew a few test plants. Perhaps next year…
One drawback to having the garden so near the livestock was discovering just how much damage chickens can (and will) do to developing squash. While it didn’t cause us too many issues in the end (we pulled in two wheelbarrows of pumpkins and spaghetti squash, plus a bit!), it was disappointing to see at the time:
We had planted a couple of garden beds to flowers, just to keep the grass and weeds from taking over, as we wanted to reduce our garden workload as much as possible. I was pretty happy to be picking myself a bouquet of glads for my birthday – an unplanned bonus. Hubby may be digging me more flower beds when we get serious about the garden again!
Fortunately, Baby J has turned out to be quite a laid back baby, and we’re doing much better in the sleep and getting-stuff-done departments than we were with toddler M at a similar age. This is not to say we’re accomplishing a whole lot, but rather, our extensive baby preparations have allowed us to more-or-less keep up with the basic work, rather than falling terribly behind!
Hopefully now that winter’s finally here (it’s been hovering between -25 and -30 for close to a week!) I will be able to get to some of the stuff that’s been on the back burner during our busy seasons…including blogging! I don’t promise to get back to weekly posts just yet, but you will be hearing more from me than in the recent past.
Now, off to figure out the breeding roster for the goats!