Lost the Garden

Well, it's official, we've completely lost the entire garden.  I'm going to classify this entire experience as a hard lesson learned.

I think we've also lost our entire apple and pear crop for this year too.

Last week we had 3 days in a row of sub-freezing temperatures overnight.  This killed everything in the garden, including the broccoli which I had high hopes of survival for.

It also killed all the blossoms on the apple and pear trees.  Not much I could have done about that though.

Next year I plan on 2 major changes.  We're always anxious to get the stuff in because we have so short a growing season.

First, I'm going to get some low-tunnels.  From what Kristen has researched, these can go a long way to protecting early transplants.  They use a cloth covering too, so rain can go in.

Second, I'm going to believe the “last frost date” advice for our region.  I read that it would be memorial day this year, which was last Monday, and ignored the warning.

On the up-side, it's not too late to get a new set of transplants and get them into the ground.  I think that we will be doing that in the next few days.

Goat Update

The goats are fully recovered from their tangle with the brambles.  Both ladies udders are fully healed.

King of the Bale

Kids playing King of the Bale

I believe that they're also starting to encourage the kids to browse for themselves.  I'm getting more milk from the evening milking that I had been, especially noticeable from Bella.  Clover is still quite lopsided, but from the side that Lilisette nurses, I've been getting more than expected, so Lilisette is not clearing that out either.

I tossed a bale of straw into their barn pen this morning, intending to spread fresh straw for them, and the kids decided it was a playground.

Blackberry and Rocket also spend a good amount of time trying to jump the sides of the pen, I have no doubt they'll manage it soon.  OY!

blackberry jumping

Blackberry attempting to make the leap

king of the bale

Left to right, Lilisette, Blackberry, Mr. Spock, Rocket

king of the  bale

Left to right, Lilisette, Blackberry, Mr. Spock, Rocket

king of the bale

Here they go!

king of the bale winner

The winner! Mr. Spock

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