The fields and garden are nearly planted. The only major planting task left is to finish planting the last of the field corn. However, with the rain we've had over the last few days that may have to wait until the weekend, the field is too wet to be worked right now. But the corn that is in the ground has sprouted; we can see faint green rows across the fields getting a little taller every day. It is amazing what warm weather and rain can do! The transplants that survived frosting and the ones we set out this past weekend are thriving. There are blooms on the peppers and beans, lettuce and peas sprouting, so produce will be coming soon. I will keep everyone posted on what is available.
The animals are loving the lush pasture this time of year. I love it too, it means so much less manure to move! We have 6 little goslings following the proud parents around the pond and fields. They did better than we did in the incubator! The little ones grow so fast, I joke that they will only be cute for another 24 hours or so. All the little lambs are doing fantastic on pasture too, and the bottle baby calves we are raising are chewing thier cud more every day. Pretty soon we won't need to be mixing up milk replacer every 12 hours.
Even the hogs are getting out on grass! We have been pleasantly surprised how easy it has been to put our boar and two sows on a rotational pasture. Believe it or not, a single strand of electric fence about 8" off of the ground is enough to keep a 6oo lb animal where you want them. If only goats were so easy! But the hogs seem to enjoy the new space and have been grazing and not rooting it up too much. Most of the piglets are gone, we sold the ones we needed to last night at the auction. We kept 5 to raise and they have moved out of the hog house into the pig tractor. The tractor is a 16' x 8' pen with no floor. We will be moving it onto fresh grass as needed. It has all the comforts of home: sides and a roof over about half the area, a nipple waterer so they can drink fresh from the garden hose and a feeder full of piggie chow. So far it's working well, and soon we plan on doing some major renovations to the hog house, so we're glad that the pigs are happy on pasture.
The chickens are getting plenty of sunlight and grass as well and are laying beautifully. We're not incubating much besides duck and quail eggs at the moment, so we have eggs for sale.
It is a beautiful time of year to just take in the view of the farm from our back porch in the evening while we're grilling dinner. It's my favorite activity this time of year.