A Week’s Worth of Work

  • Posted by: karl
Charlotte helps move the broilers from their brooding box in the house, to their holding pen in the barn
Charlotte helps move the broilers from their brooding box in the house to their holding pen in the barn

When it comes to projects and “to do” lists, I guess you can say my eyes are bigger than my stomach. My list of projects for my week of “farm staycation” was probably a bit unrealistic. Margaret pointed out it was more like a month’s worth of projects, rather than a week, and to be honest not that much from the list actually got done. We did get the lawn mowed (which doesn’t sound like much, except we’ve got around two acres of lawn), and the hooves trimmed, and the garden fenced. The new welded wire garden fence was a pretty major accomplishment and a bigger job (aren’t they always?) than I anticipated. We took the sod around the garden back a foot or so, replanted the posts, trenched and buried 200 feet of fence. It probably won’t stop a goat, but it should keep the chickens, ducks, and hopefully groundhog and deer at bay.

We also got a few other things that weren’t on the list done, such as moving the replacement layers and first round of broilers out of the house and into a holding pen in the barn until they’re just a bit bigger to go out. We also released the ducks from their pen, so they’re free-ranging now, and enjoying a diet of more grass and bugs.  Mostly we spent a lot of time in the garden, weeding, prepping, planting and fencing. The garden is in great shape… as good shape as it has ever been this time of year. It’s entirely weeded, mostly planted, we contained the mint patch with some flattened aluminum gutters we salvaged at the dump, and the potatoes, peas, favas, and radishes, are all coming up, more or less on schedule.

We did have more than a little help. A big shout out of thanks goes to Jackie Maasch, our farm intern for a week, who is here helping with the weeding and planting, milking and cheesemaking, digging and fence stringing. We couldn’t have gotten it all done without her.

So there are a few things still left on the list that didn’t get done. We’ll get to them at some point. That’s the thing on the farm. Stuff gets done. Or it doesn’t. But the important stuff, the stuff that really needs to get done, usually does. Last week it was the garden. Now it’s back to work.

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A sea of mint, held in check now with our makeshift levee of aluminum gutter
A sea of mint, held in check now with our makeshift levee of aluminum gutter
Author: karl