|Now there are two. . .|
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
|Small peaches developing on the branch|
|Full branches of small peaches!|
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|Garlic scape twisting off the top of the garlic stalk|
Thursday, May 17, 2012
It has been a warm spring, so our tomato plants went into the ground a little earlier than what might have been recommended with more normal weather. The temperatures have been ranging from the 40s (Fahrenheit) to the 80s as early as March and April. We hit 90 degrees on the second day of May!
|Dew on the tomato plant|
|Morning beads of dew on the tomato plant|
Shortly after getting the tomatoes in the ground we had a frost warning. The previous frost/freeze warning we had resulted in 31 degree temperatures in our greenhouse and a neighboring farm, Emmaus Farm, lost many of their tomato plants in their greenhouse to freezing. With this thought in mind, we frantically gathered as many buckets and covers as we could in order to get everything sheltered for the night. Luckily, this second frost/freeze warning did not result in really low temperatures. A few of our early varieties of tomatoes already have blooms, too, so we may have some big, red tomatoes by early summer!
We've been so busy planting that this post is a little late getting posted. The tomatoes are so big now we'd never be able to cover them! We now have green tomatoes on many plants--that post is coming.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
|The guineas and Dottie the chicken roosting together|
|Guineas poking their heads out of the Hen-a-Bago II|
|Guineas in the chicken roost|
|Guineas wandering the lane|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
|Josh and the goats|
Livestock guardian dogs may not be playmates to humans, but they are playmates to one another. Having two livestock guardian dogs is often recommended as it keeps them from trying to "play" with the animals they are intended to guard and protect. It is also helpful sometimes to have a "team" of dogs to work together. Sofie and our newest guardian dog, Josh, are bonding as Josh grows larger. Josh has been penned up with the goats in order to learn about living with them and vice versa. We put Sofie in with Josh and the goats daily in order for the two dogs to bond as well. They enjoy romping with one another and chasing each other in the pen. When Josh grows big enough & learns his job, he and Sofie will be able to work the pastures together.
|Sofie and Josh romping|
|Relaxing after romping|
Friday, May 4, 2012
Meet Josh, our newest staff member. Josh is an almost 4 month old Great Pyrenees/Maremma mix and is the 2nd of our livestock guardian dogs. He is currently living with the goats in their enclosure to help him adjust to a new home. He and his litter mates shared a pen with kids--the baby goat kind. Josh is bonding with the goats and they, in turn, are learning to trust him as an ally and not a threat. As he grows & matures he'll have additional opportunities to work with the chickens under both our and Sofie's watchful eyes. We expect Sofie and Josh to share the responsibility of protecting all of our animals from predators.
|Sofie showing concern for Josh when she hears him crying from his encounter with the electric fence|
A funny thing about Josh is that he has six toes on his back paws. Our vet assured us that this is not unusual for Great Pyrenees breeds, but it is still a sight to see! We imagine his paws will be quite large when he is fully grown!
|Josh's back paw with six toes|