Husband and I are both new to homesteading, and pretty much all the skill necessary to do all of this stuff. Neither of us have an serious experience with building things. The skill saw purchase I made a few weeks ago has opened up my world in that regard, and I recently made the rabbit housing and some other small things around the barn yard. It's been very empowering. Well, yesterday I relinquished said saw to my husband who built two more raised beds for us!
My friend Jess and I used her friend's dump truck to pick up some super loam (loam with compost mixed in), which will fill the beds, as well as the tires for the potatoes, as I'm determined to try that method one more year.
I'm also going to spread some around the coops. The coops are situated on the free fill I got last year from the State cleaning up the side of the road. The soil isn't good, it's filled with salt and other road side "stuff", but it was free and did fill what I needed. So I'm going to put some "top soil" on there so I can plant some wheat grass. I decided to plant wheat instead of traditional grass. It's an experiment, but I'm excited.
I did some thinning today. When I planted the spinach, beets, tat soi and spring turnips I seeded heavy, so they are all growing in very thick rows. I needed to give them some room to grow so they will thrive and for the beets and turnips they need space to grow their root veggies. I didn't finish all the rows, so I have some more to do tomorrow and the next day, but I have almost 1/2 pound so far!
I cleaned all the thinned greens and will be frying them, as is, in some butter! I did a small sampling of this last night, and it worked brilliantly. Roots and all. Easy, nutritious, fun and from my yard! Let the harvesting begin.
Hyacinth kindled!! Hyacinth was bred and it didn't take the first time (with a buck who was unsuccessful with all the does he was bred with that session), and then she was bred again, and had a "false pregnancy" where she nested, acted like she was going to kindle, but didn't. Finally, on the third breeding, all went well, she looked pregnant, she nested and pulled hair, and this time she gave birth to 9 little babies!! They look great!
That brings the count to 42 born this Spring!! Calliope is pregnant and due in mid June. She is the next to go, so we have a little time before any new kits arrive!
I let Mama Muscovy and her happy hodgepodge out to play in the yard, today. They were so cute. Mama did a great job of showing them around, keeping them safe, and giving the Cayuga Drake "what for", when his nosiness got a little close for comfort. She is a good mama!
It's funny to see all the different size ducklings. The largest 5 are only 1 week older than the others. It's really amazing the difference one week makes. The Solid colored are Cayuga ducklings and the Brown and Yellow are Muscovy. They will be brown like the mom when they are fully feathered. They will be beautiful!