Friday, October 30, 2020

Green House Progress

 With Old Man Winter nipping at my toes, we are trying to get the most out of the greenhouse while we can. Of course we have taken down almost everything that makes it a green house, we are working to get all of that back on so that we can continue to use it during the winter.


You can see from the picture, that our tomato plants are doing amazing! There are so many tomatoes on it right now, we are trying to coax them through this quick freeze we have happening. If we can get them past this next couple days, we should have plenty of tomatoes for sauces and canning. I am so looking forward to it too.


Everything in the greenhouse is growing amazingly well right now. I can't wait to start using the tomatoes though. I think I am most excited about them. My basil is ready to harvest again and I just did this a couple weeks ago. My parsley is also almost ready to harvest again. I have sage growing now too and can't wait to be able to use it.


I am hoping next month to be able to show all the tomato stuff we are going to make with the tomatoes. If everything continues to go well it should be a bumper crop. 

Have a great day!

Renee

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Bulk Clean

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Garden Progress

 We got our first freeze the other night. Of course we will be in the 90's again by Halloween so our growing season still moves on. I am hoping that we won't get extremely cold this year. We usually only have a few days here and there with temps below 40ish at night, however, occasionally we do have some rough winters where we have weeks below 30 so I am hoping that won't be this year.



So because it got to freezing last night, we had to make sure everything was covered so the freeze didn't kill everything. I am glad to say, that it appears everything made it through the freeze with no issues. 


If you look really close in the picture above, you can see the tomatoes that are growing. I have been looking for green tomatoes for a very long time to do fried green tomatoes for dinner one night. I am so excited to be able to do this in a week or so if the weather works with us.



The electrical cords help to bring a little heat to the garden in the form of lights. This will help the garden to get through the freeze with little to no damage from frost. Again tonight we will have to cover the plants, but then we should be good for a couple more weeks. 



All in all the garden is still doing really well. I will post again next month and let you know how it's going.

Have a great day! 

Renee

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Ranch Remedy

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I am always looking for natural ways to treat our animals when we have minor injuries. I love the way this works and I think my animals do too!



We have a buck that constantly gets scurs because his dehorning didn't go as well as it should have. Once they grow in a little bit, he knocks them off and it bleeds. We have been using another brand on it for the last year since we got him and he does not like it!



When he sees us coming with the bottle he runs and hides. I would guess that he is telling me that this other brand hurts when we apply it to the spot on his head. The first time we came out with the Ranch Remedy bottle, he ran and hid. It took both me and Aarron to hold him so we could put it on his head. However, once I applied it, he quit fighting us. Now I don't have an issue and I can treat him myself again. Because of this alone, I would recommend this for anyone who has animals. And of course, it's been tested on humans not animals!



Have a great day!

Renee


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. - Marcus Aurelius



 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pig pregnancy

 A pig's pregnancy runs about 114 days. We believe our pigs mated the beginning of the month, so that would put her due around the middle of January. I am hoping this is correct because we will need to try to grow one up pretty quick for the freezer.


We are in the process of researching all that we may need to have on hand for the day the piglets come. This will be our first time birthing pigs so it should be an adventure to say the least. I just hope that since this is our first time we won't run into problems, but of course with our luck, we probably will. I am hoping to have someone nearby that I can call on in the even things go south.


So for the time being, we are making sure that she has all she needs as far as nutrition goes. We will be building another pen for pappa to go into so that he doesn't bother momma and the babies when the time comes. And now we wait! 


January and February will be very busy around here this year with all the birthing so if I go missing for a few days, ya'll know why. But I have to say that I am so looking forward to it!

Have a great day!

Renee

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Excuses are for people who don't want it bad enough. - Unknown


 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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When I lost my excuses, I found my results. - Unknown



 

Monday, October 19, 2020

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Big dreams take time to manifest, so be patient. - Unknown



 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Goat Pregnancy

 I think the hardest part about breeding goats is waiting for the new kids to arrive. I love to see the new babies especially when they start to play. It's adorable!

So, how do you know if you have kids on the way? The first clue is to wait about a month after breeding. If the doe doesn't go back into heat, she is likely pregnant. If she does go back into heat you would need to breed her again. A goats pregnancy is about 5 months. So, since we bred over August and September, our kids will be here around January and February.


Astra, pictured above, should be due around the first part of February. She was the second doe that we bred this year. Falene was first and should be due around the end of January. She is the hardest we have to tell if she is pregnant or not. She has what is known as a silent heat. In other words, she shows no signs of being in heat. I usually have to watch my buck around her to know because he can tell but I cannot.


Desi is the final doe we bred this year. She is due around the middle of February. This will be her first kidding here so I am a little anxious as I don't know her habits. I believe everything will go well and we do have a vet we can call if there are any issues. The waiting is the hardest part. Knowing that come winter we will have kids on the ground again is so exciting. I love to see what they will look like. I love to see the colors and the personalities of each kid. It's so much fun.


This is probably the time of year I look forward to most. Even if it is when we have the most work to do, it's completely rewarding work because of the new life that will be here because of it.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Cheaters always want you to be loyal while they're busy being unfaithful. - Unknown



 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Farrowing

 We are hoping to be having piglets on the homestead soon so I have been trying to make sure that we are ready when the time comes. This, for me, has meant a lot of research because I don't know the first thing about pigs and birthing. I've dealt with goats, not pigs.


I know that we need to create a pen for Pappa Pig to get him out of the pen that Momma Pig is in right now because that is where she will have the piglets at. However, other than that, I know that we need to make sure she has a good area for bedding. That will likely go under the shelter in the pen so that she can protect the piglets pretty easy as there will only be one way in and one way out.


I think the main problem for me is that I don't know what, if anything, I need to have on hand for when the piglets get here. Heck, I don't even know for sure that Momma Pig will let us get any where near them when they get here. There will be a strong learning curve this year when they do come. I think we will be ready, but I know that things can happen that we don't prepare for also. So we are going to prepare for the worst and pray for the best. 


So my request is this: Any of you homesteaders out there that know a thing or two about birthing pigs, could you please let me know what I am in for. What should I be prepared for? Is there anything special that I need? I have a lot on hand because of the goats, but if there's anything I may need that I wouldn't have for goats already, please leave me a comment below and let me know what I may need or what I should expect. I would be so very grateful to you for many years to come.

Have a great day!

Renee