I no sooner got back from my trip/vacation to the BlogPaws conference, unpacked and got (more or less) caught up on everything, when I realized I still had a lot of work to do. May was winding down and June quickly approaching, so the vegetable gardens needed to be planted!
We received our official certification from the state, so I needed to get to work to try and be sure we have some things to sell from the farm! I had planted a few early vegetables and herbs before I left, and started a few seeds inside (like Sam’s catnip…and the Dadz kept all the seedlings alive while I was gone!).
We had to scramble to prepare the vegetable garden areas. I had hoped to get them ready last fall, but too many other projects got in the way. Hopefully what we have will work for this year, and we’ll refine them for next year.
I spent the last two weekends, and weekdays when I could squeeze it in in-between rain showers, getting the gardens planted. Vegetables, herbs, and even some flowers went in. Most were started from seed, though I did pick up just a few flowers and herbs from a local garden center to be sure I got everything I wanted.
As I said to my hubby when potting up herbs and putting them next to the chicken yard “there’s no reason the chickens should be any less spoiled than any of the other animals around here!”. They now have their own pots of fresh herbs. I put them outside the pen so they wouldn’t completely eat them right off (as it turns out, they spent just as much time pecking at the dirt as the plants!).
Life on the farm moves on, radishes are already sprouting out of the ground, and it will be soon enough that the chickens will be officially free-ranging, if they have anything to say about it anyway. We also may even start seeing eggs by the end of July! By the way, the chicks are now officially known as “pullets” – young female chickens.
And life goes on as normal, keeping the dogs entertained and Samantha happy. Luckily, we’ve still been able to have daily play time most days in spite of all the rain. I need to get focused on getting more walks in too, and now with the gardens planted I should have more time for that. Once we get the current crew all up to date with their vet appointments, stay tuned for some possible new additions to the farm!
One other tidbit, Samantha wanted to send out a huge thank you to everyone, with kisses and purrs, for all her birthday wishes! She’s been enjoying her catnip and eating like a little pig lately! We may have to start watching her weight again, and I see that as a good thing.
One last photo for today. Even though we don’t have a real barn on our farm, I love our “pole barn”, with the old tools displayed, my new wooden flag that I found in Myrtle Beach, and now my potted flower that my hubby gave me for my birthday. I think it’s picture perfect, and now all it needs is a farm sign (not in the budget right now, but hopefully some day)!