Thursday, April 7, 2011

Back to your regularly scheduled farm blog

Annette’s due date is today.  Her ligaments aren't quite gone, but definately "going" and she’s definitely cranky when I touch here sides or back end.  When she was on the milk stand eating supper yesterday evening, I even felt one of the babies roll around.  Hopefully she’ll kindly wait until Friday so Paul can be here for kidding. 

When I was out in the goat yard feeding everyone, a huge opossum just sauntered through the fence, looked right at me, then went into the chicken coop.  Of course, I didn't have a firearm on me (bad, bad homesteader) so I ran into the house and got the .22 rifle.  Luckily there weren't any chickens in the coop, but he did managed to eat one egg in the minute and a half it took me to get the rifle.  He would have made a quick dinner of Christine's Silkies if he managed to make it up and over the wall to the other side oft he coop.  He is now composting in the back forty.
Rhiannon and I were working outside yesterday and I finally got some of the onion starts and pea seeds in the raised beds.  Late, but better than never I suppose.  Going to try and get out there again to plant some of the carrot and turnip seeds.
Most of my indoor seedlings are doing well, although the cabbage are still very spindly looking and not sure what I’ll do about them.  And even though I told myself that I was going to start the squash seeds directly outside this year, I couldn’t help myself and started some in the jiffy pots last week.  They sprouted in just a few days and are already towering over the pepper seedlings that I planted over a month ago. 
I also read about starting sweet potato slips and think I’m going to try it this week.   Technically it’s late in the season to be starting slips, but I figured I’d try anyhow.  Anyone every start slips like this?  And can you grow them in hay in tires like "regular" potatoes? 

Paul brought home some huge old tractor tires from work last year and the ones that the goats haven’t confiscated for their jumping pleasure will be used for growing the potatoes this year.