Monday, January 5, 2015
Hi everyone and Happy New Year!
Thanks Michelle for letting me know you still read even though I am posting so infrequently these days. I used two rams this fall. One Shetland F2 Drum Jings. I haven't registered him yet because not sure what I should call his markings. Does that little patch of white on his body shown in the picture below make him flecket? Or do I go with the standard yuglet sokket? Are those patches small enough to be yuglet or do I go with something else? Any input is welcome. When I do, his name will be Bronze. He is a Mapleton Opal and ABA Lava son. He got about half of the ewes, basically everyone not too closely related to him: Marshmello (Ag grey white spot), Missy (gul-kat), Cappy (kat), Kismet (B), Hester's black yearling that we call Baba but need to find a more dignified registered name for (B), Olympia (gul), and Pumpkin (b). I think that is everyone. Oh wait, Marshmello's daughter we call Freckles spent a few weeks with this ram and before she got loose. I never did put her back in because she had figured out she could squeeze under the welded wire fence. Time will tell if she was in that group long enough.
So my numbers are currently: 16 ewes all exposed to a ram for April/May lambs, and two rams. As for the rest of the farm numbers, we are holding steady with 2 goats, 3 dogs, a cat, 2 horses, 3 ponies on the pet side of things. In terms of the sustainable side, we put 46 meat chickens in the freezer, my husband got one deer off the property during hunting season, and we are currently raising 3 feeder pigs. We also have 15 laying hens.
Last note on sustainable farm goals, I joined a CSA for a fall share this year. In part because my garden was done, and I was not ready to not have farm fresh veggies at my disposal. More importantly to learn: what I could do to improve my own garden for a better fall harvest, what grows well in my climate, and what of those things do we really like to cook and eat. I have come up with a hot and not list as I begin to look at my new Fedco catalogue. Can't believe it will be time to order soon.
carrots (might be worth trying again, never had much luck growing them)
What did very well in my own garden this past year:
sweet bell peppers
swiss chard (until the goats got out and ate ALL of it)
patty pan squash
What I need to do a little better job with next year (timing, amount, weeding, and harvesting):
WE GOT OUR GARLIC IN THIS YEAR!
How does your garden grow? Any suggestions on something I should consider growing that I have missed? I would love to hear your thoughts.