April showers, May harvest

I am a little behind in posting so here are some pictures/information from the month of April.

So the month started off with Adam receiving a promotion (yay!) and him traveling out of town for a few days. The first night he was gone, MJ decided to grab a halogen light bulb that had been burning for 5+ hours. Needless to say, she had 2nd degree burns on her forefinger and thumb. She was a trooper and allowed me to wrap it for at least a week so you will see the bandage in the pictures. K is wearing glasses now and she has a lazy eye as well. You will see the patch in the pictures; she has to wear it 2 hours a day for several months. She wears it everyday without complaint and I am so thankful for that! I have to say that G is the best photo-bomber ever! He has the most interesting poses and faces when he bombs a picture!

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We love our visits with AG. MJ runs around yelling “Ash” and is constantly trying to play with her and kiss her (please excuse my terrible photo-taking skills).

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These garden pictures were taken at the beginning of the month. We are now harvesting squash everyday and picking wild blackberries as well. We have squash in a different form EVERY night for dinner and that will continue through summer. We moved the hoop house earlier in the month as well.

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I have been taking the kids on nature walks to pick blackberries. They are loving the cooler weather! We have had the windows open for 2 days and it has been cool and pleasant! These are our blackberries we planted and they are not ready to pick so we have been picking wild blackberries in the yard and along the right-away in the neighborhood. Every time we see a butterfly or a bee the kids yell, “Hey, there is a pollinator.” I love that they know what means and how important pollinators are to the health of our garden.

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Play time! Yes, that is a baby doll stroller. MJ loves when the kids push her around in it.

 

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Puzzles are a big part of our school. It takes K a lot of self-control to let G put a puzzle together without her input. You can see in some of the pictures her practicing self-control.

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Adam made stuffed ronde de nice squash. It was so amazing! We are excited to continue to harvest these beauties. I am sure you can tell that Adam took the squash pictures.

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We ended this month by celebrating Adam’s birthday. He requested a chocolate stout cake.

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It was a great month and we are looking forward to cucumbers and tomatoes!

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Staycation

Adam recently took some time off of work. With the farm, we aren’t able to “go” on vacation very often so we have come to really LOVE staycations. They are relatively inexpensive, if not free,  you don’t need a vacation from your staycation and you can accomplish SO many things without feeling rushed. So here are some pictures from our staycation. We were given this bouncy house a few years ago and we have it out a lot during the spring/summer. The kids will jump for awhile, then go dig in the dirt, then come back and jump and so on.

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Adam was able to install a drip system on the 1/2 acre where our new plots are planted and he finished a drip irrigation in the kitchen garden.

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We moved the pigs to a new spot; probably the last area before they go to butcher.  They cleared it within a few days! Moving the pigs is always an adventure (to put it nicely). Poncho, the black pig, is very docile and loving. He will just follow us wherever we go and HE loves affection. Lefty, on the other hand, is CRAZY. She is spastic and during the move, she ran through the electric fence and trampled through the newly planted garden. It was not a nice moment. She is lucky to be alive for now!

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Like I said in the last blog post, spring brings new life. We love walking around the property and seeing all the new buds forming. Here are a few pictures.

Blackberries and blueberries

Blackberries and blueberries

This is spaghetti squash coming up from seed in the pig scraps

This is spaghetti squash coming up from seed in the pig scraps

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Adam makes “compost” tea from rabbit manure. He then transfers it to a sprayer and he and K spray the garden with this “tea.”

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The chickens are enjoying their new area. We have been walking around the property digging up dandelions for them to munch.

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I love when the azaleas are in bloom. Even though it is short-lived, they are still beautiful.

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This is the pasture where our last flock of meat birds were raised. You can see all the beautiful kinds of grass. We will transfer our 10 new layers out to pasture this week. They will enjoy the variety of grass.

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We will probably be removing the greenhouse from these raised garden beds soon. We had our last cold snap last weekend and we no longer need the greenhouse.

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Happy spring!

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