A Labor of Love
It’s been an interesting few weeks here at the farm. Lots of wildlife, a little heartbreak, and a lot of hard work.
We spent 13 hours in the garden and orchard on Sunday weeding, planting, and harvesting. The tomatoes are starting to ripen and our zucchini is currently exploding. The cucumbers and melons are taking their sweet time, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed they take off soon too. In addition to these, we have multiple salad greens, strawberries, ground cherries, multicolored potatoes and onions, banana peppers, bell peppers, poblanas, asparagus, pumpkins, a few fall squashes, summer squash, corn. In the orchard we have cherries, peaches, pears, apples, plums and then multiple fruit shrubs (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) and grapes. We’ve got our hands full, to say the least.
In bigger news, after about a week of trimming the brush, removing trees, and digging posts – the fence around the pasture is finally IN! I am beyond happy with the development. Not only so the deer are a lot less likely to eat out of my garden, but the neighbor’s dog is a lot less likely to kill any more of our chickens. I was truly heartbroken to lose two (if not three) of my chickens, especially ones who were about to start laying eggs and were to be used for breeding if we chose. Plus if I’m honest they have become pets, much to Chris’s chagrin. They neighbors didn’t handle our conversation with them regarding limiting their dogs to their property very well to say the least, but I’m hoping the situation settles on its own.
We start renovations on the house next month, so we’re gearing up for that now too. By gearing up I mean I’m stressed just thinking about it, sitting on the deck drinking wine…but I’ll get to the more productive phase of stress before long.
Be well. Love always and all ways. Until next time.