Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pigs, Peas and a Pen!

This weekend we're "farm-sitting", of a sort. We're feeding a mini farm so friends can go away for the weekend. So twice a day we walk up the road and feed and water 10 chickens, 5 ducks, 2 goats and 2 pigs. That's Betty feeding Petunia in the photo above. It's been an interesting and educational experiment and not only that but I'm having a good time too! Learning lots about what I would, and would not do for my own mini-farm. We're not there yet though, so I've got lots of time to learn yet.

On  Thursday the 16th, we finally got Harley's kennel put together. Here he is checking it out. He still needs some sort of roof for shade, but I can't get that for a couple of weeks. He seems to enjoy his "outdoor room"... until Nature calls. He seems to think he's not able to "go" out there, so right now we're still walking him so he can "go". I hope he'll learn soon!
As if that wasn't enough work, we spent the rest of that day planting peas. 109 to be exact. Yeah, we're slightly crazy, but we'll have lots of peas this summer! We also planted 3 zucchini, but they got brushed by frost and didn't make it. Just a few feet over, the onions and cabbage we planted last week are coming along just fine, which only proves that if you cover the tender little darlings, they have a better chance of living!
We also planted some iris, daffodils and various other unknown flowers that a friend separated from her garden and gave to us. Hopefully the yard will have a splash of colour this summer.

When I write it all out, it doesn't seem like we've done much, ut we sure have been busy! We've created a few more garden beds than we had last year, and there's always weeding and staking and installing chicken wire fences...I'm getting tired just thinking about it!
Hmm, there is that new bed down the hall....


Maureen said...

Can't wait for "harvest", we are looking forward to fresh veggies should there be some

Jacquelineand.... said...

It really sounds like a wonderful time, especially with the addition of fresh eggs!