Saturday, June 21, 2008

Preparing for Goats

There has been lots going on in our garden... here is a quick update:

The goat pen is *almost* completely fenced, and it looks really great. We will build the shelter later, but for now the goats will have dog igloos to sleep in. Kaden & Kiran don't know yet that this dogloo wasn't bought specifically for their enjoyment.

I planted a tomatillo, a new zucchini (ours had been eaten), a delicata squash and lots of onions. Then I went through and scratched in blood meal around most of the plants, to give them a nitrogen boost. I'm not sure if I did it right, but I kind of dug a line around each plant, sprinkled in some blood meal, and then covered it with soil. I then watered everything really well.

The next day I sprayed everything top to bottom with fish emulsion. Mmmmm... yum yum.

I also got most of the soaker hoses laid out and connected. I am going to bend some wire and secure them where I want them, and then will mulch over the top. Hopefully this makes it easier to keep the vegetables watered while we are gone.

The kids have been picking the ripening strawberries and raspberries like crazy. None of them are fully ripe, but we are enjoying them nonetheless. There are a million bazillion blueberries on our bushes... I am bummed that we will miss their prime picking time, but hopefully they won't be done before we get home.

And the most wonderful news to report, we will have super knowledgeable friends taking care of our house and animals and plants while we are gone!! Some friends of ours are selling their house and have a 3 week gap in between closing and the new place being available...it happens to coincide EXACTLY with the dates we will be gone. We are so happy to know that the fruits of our labor will not be going to waste, and that the goats and chickens will have farm-loving people caring for them...PLUS that it is also helping our friends out as well... I love the way the universe works!! :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rhubarb Cream Cake

3 Cups Chopped Rhubarb
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Milk
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Cups Heavy Cream

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix rhubarb and 1 cup sugar in a bowl and set aside.

Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl, add eggs and beat. Add flour, milk, and baking powder, mix well.

Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13" deep baking dish.

Top with the rhubarb/sugar mixture, and then pour the heavy cream over the top.

Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

YUM!!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Things to Come

I see the corn sprouting up, our blueberry bushes are hanging heavy with unripe fruit. We picked our first strawberry this week--deep red and juicy. The raspberry bushes are also brimming with flowers and fruit, and are alive with bees darting in and out. I am so excited for all that is to come in our garden this summer.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Thelma

We visited our goat today at the farm, and got to see the 7 little babies that were all born in the last week. They are SO cute and soft, and it is so amazing how self-sufficient they are so soon after birth...not like human babies at all! In a week, we will pick out which of the babies will be ours, in addition to Thelma.

Thelma, in the middle, with the other kids
Thelma with her pink collar that Kylin picked out
Isn't she pretty??
The new babies!
The brown girl with the frosted ears is my favorite out of the babies

Frolicking
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Nursing-- This baby was just born last night
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This morning I was able to spend some time in the garden, while Rich mowed the lawn. I can't wait to get rid of most of our lawn... it is so unnecessary, and such a pain in the butt to take care of. I weeded the beds today, mulched the paths, and planted:
Carrots--in a patch this time, instead of in rows
Marigolds--tucked between plants
Basil--interspersed throughout the tomato bed
Rosemary--in a center herb bed
Majoram--in a center herb bed
Parsley--on an end, near the cauliflower

Monday, June 2, 2008

New Chicks, Round 2

We got our first 2 chicks last Tuesday, and will be getting 2 more tomorrow. These are both sexlinks, one black, the other golden.


ShadowKylin and Unnamed Chick #1
Caleb with Shadow
2 Little Lovebirds, fighting over the poop towel