|Squash from one volunteer plant|
This past year we had a lot of volunteer plants. The major difference between them and the ones we planted purposely is that the volunteers were a lot more prolific and produced much larger fruit. While I’ve had great luck with using the Moon Phases to plant them – better than just using frost dates alone – I’m thinking that planting seeds early and allowing them to come up when they’re ready might be a better way to go. It will require more planning (and probably more seed), but in the end it might be more productive. Since we do rotate our beds through the summer, this may work in our favor since we don’t have to worry about every spot in the garden producing all year round.
Carrot seeds I had planted at the beginning of the season never really came up, but they did start popping up at the end of summer all on their own – a full 5 months later.
Of course, not all seeds will benefit from this idea. Considering the issues we had last year with seedcorn maggots, seeds such as corn and beans can’t be planted too early and will most likely have to be started in flats.
I’ll make sure to keep you updated on how this works out for us.
Celery root. Not one of the more glamorous characters on the produce aisle, surely. I mean – this is the part you DON’T eat when you grow celery for the stalks, right? Strange stringy-looking bulbs with little head-sprouts of greenery…they kind of look like those awful screaming mandrake-babies from the Harry Potter movies.
Our first average frost date is November 27th but generally the frosts don’t hit hard until late December and don’t really get serious until January.
Well, this year has so far been far from normal, so I’m not quite sure why we thought the status quo would continue in term of average frost dates. While spending a week freezing in Wyoming at home our citrus trees were freezing unexpectedly.
I’m really bummed out. This is the first year we’ve been able to get our orange tree – the only tree we didn’t cut down when we moved in – to fruit and it is loaded with fruit. I’m really hoping the fruit isn’t ruined. And I really hope our younger citrus trees made it through the freeze.
Max is going home. We just need to make the trip back up to Lake County and return him to his owner. He has definitely overstayed his welcome. My irritation with keeping a buck has finally peaked. I’m pretty sure Bella is pregnant since it’s been well over a month since her last heat. Since a goat’s heat cycles about ever 21 days or so, it’s pretty safe to say she’s been bred. Daisy did go back into heat a few weeks ago after her first breeding, but at this point I just don’t want to keep him longer to make sure she’s pregnant. If she’s not that’s OK. Chances are though, that she is bred this time.
I’d be more apt to keep him if he didn’t waste so much feed. He doesn’t smell all that bad. Don’t get me wrong, he does smell and I definitely don’t want to touch him without gloves, but it’s not as bad as I had been led to believe. The feed though… Before he came we were going through a flake of hay every 2 or 3 days. With him we’re going through 2 flakes every 3 days. And he’s not eating it! He’s made it a habit of pulling the bars out of the feeder with his horns and then pulls all the hay onto the ground. For those that don’t have goats, goats will not eat anything that’s touched the ground. So all of that hay goes wasted.
Meet Kumquat. She’s our new American Blue and Scooter’s sister and litter mate. She will be Lou’s mate. We still don’t have a mate for poor Scooter though. I have a sneaking suspicion that we’re going to have to increase our hutches since they are all filled now with rabbits and we don’t have any grow out pens for kits. We currently have 6 rabbits and only 5 hutches.
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