Making use of these cool sunny days lately,
Dave has been building fences.
The pigs have plowed through more pasture than ever,
so we are expanding.
Dave cleared a strip 40 feet wide through a section of trees
and rented a post hole pounder to put in 12 posts,
stringing three wires two thirds of the way across our property.
Every 50 feet he added a supporting post.
For now, the wires measure 6, 12 and 18 inches high,
but we can easily add more as our use of the pastures
expand to fit the needs of our beef herd.
Of course it is never so straightforward as we hope.
During the process, our truck
lost its ability to shift into reverse,
making for some creative maneuvering with the help of the backhoe.
The kids aren’t fazed by the inconvenience
and find plenty to occupy themselves.
Summer is here in full force,
and we are beginning to anticipate the harvest.
I walk through my gardens in hope,
enjoying the promise
and anticipating the rush
of putting up.
Take a photo tour of a few of the plants with me.
As a result of the kids’ interest in the American Indian custom of the Three Sisters,
we planted corn, beans and squash (or melon in our case) together.
This is the Long Thai Purple Podded Yard bean.
Fisher’s Earliest Sweet Corn
Kabouli Black Garbanzo
The taller plants are Titan sunflowers. In front are Red Calaoo and Love Lies Bleeding amaranth.
Red Cabbage and Broccoli
Cucumber Mexican Sour Gherkin and Potato
Beefsteak bloom and Roma babies
I had nothing to do with the wild grapes and apples, but I have plenty of plans for them.
This coming week is supposed to be full of sun and warmth,
so I’m looking forward to seeing everything take off.
Some of our pigs go off to a USDA inspected facility to be butchered, and this past week we sent four away. Our regular butcher slaughters on farm, so we don’t usually need to bother with transporting pigs. When we do, we like to have the process go as smoothly as possible.
After several (not so) humorous and time-consuming loads, Dave built a loading system that seems too easy now. He brings the trailer into position and lifts the ramp into the side door.
With a bucket of grain, we lure the chosen, and a few others, into a holding pen where we run them through a chute with a sorting gate we can open or close, depending on whether or not the right pig is coming up.
Once the pig is through the gate, Dave comes behind with a simple panel to block the pig from retreating.
The pig walks up the ramp and into the trailer
where he finds a hinged door that opens in front and closes behind and a bit of grain to munch while the rest are loaded.
Like all the other old homes in the area, our place has an old apple orchard.
I am surprised our trees produce fruit since they have hollow cores. How many generations of the previous owners enjoyed apples from these trees I can only guess.
While I like apples, I want to expand our fruit options.
We received some babies in the mail this week.
The kids were enthusiastic at first.
AJ stuck with it.
We now have
two Cherry trees,
and three Kiwis.
Maybe by my 4oth birthday, we’ll be harvesting fruit!