Monday, May 7, 2012
We had snow/hail a couple of days ago. Two days in a row actually. We are supposed to have snow again Wednesday, though that doesnt mean it will be cold. It was 40 degrees last time it snowed.
I have to move our plants around the house to rotate, make sure everything gets sun. On nice days I can take the flats outside, but have to be careful that Kitten doesnt eat them. Because some days he eats our plants and that kinda tanks. Our pumpkins are doing well but ready to move outside!
This try has a lot of herb plants. I learned that the glass pop or beer bottles are best for watering. Frank has watered much heavier this yr than I have in the past, I was afraid of drowning them but they thrive and grow faster under his watering regime so I follow it.
These are new pots, I made a lot more of them. We make them with newspaper or thin packing paper. The little pots that you get from the store are not expensive, but pennies add up. We have done almost all recycle pots this yr, some of our plants are in the little plastic fruit greenhouses with no pots, others are lined with pots. These greenhouses come from spinach, strawberries and kiwi purchased at the store.
These are japanese kuri pumpkin, or a type of winter squash depending on who you ask. We are growing so many pumpkin and winter squash because they will keep well in the basement and work as people and animal feed all winter.
Tad is reading Eragon. It is a series that we have both read and so he talks to us about the events pretty often. Nathalie is not interested but she tunes us out pretty often. This was a few days ago on school break, he reads very fast for being 11!
Nathalie and Kitten playing checkers. Or, her setting up the board to play with Frank and Kitten waiting until the right moment to jump up and mess up the board. Who knows.
Today I have completed some homework for college, I have 2 short papers left and then I am done with the semester. I am not signed up for any more, at this time it wont work out. There are too many things that I truly want to do and learn, and these classes are not fitting in.
I planted 3 blueberry bushes that Frank had put in water to soak, their roots are to soak for 12 hrs. He had some pots full of dirt for me to use. We have some new strawberries, just waiting to add them to the current bed. I do not think that the strawberries here will produce, the sellers said there are strawberries and rhubarb but I am certain that they did no care for the gardens during their 2 seasons here so those things likely wont produce. We will see. Tomorrow night we will put up 6 ft mesh fencing around the gardens to keep out minor pests, we plant on the 20th.
Tonight we will cover the greenhouse with an additional layer of 6 mil plastic to beef up the warmth. We have some other plans to warm it up for future fall and possibly winter use. We have not used it yet because it needs a new and better sealed door and new plastic.
We have one rabbit kindle box, and 1 chicken coop to build this wk. Next wkend we have a bobcat for 2 days to auger holes and clear the barn site. We will drop fence holes and holes for the pole barn. Then we start barn construction! As soon as that is complete, we will do 5 foot wrapped moose wire for a barn yard and buy some milkers.
Next, we will work until the job is done on fencing our back yard, from the back corners of the house out and back until we have encompassed our cleared land and part of our woods. The goats will have the back 3rd, the garden will be in the middle and the rest will be just back yard for dogs, geese and us.
Ok off to cook dinner and work on more school. The kids are finished with school and spending time with their goats and geese.