Another season done. I’m growing a winter garden but nothing taxing, mostly greens and the brassicas. The garden did great this year, but it came to an abrupt and inglorious end when deer figured out how to go around the iris barrier to get to my soybeans, strawberries, greens, and beans.
It was a massacre!
They didn’t touch the squash plants. They left that to the squash beetles which devoured my plants like a plague. I couldn’t pick them off fast enough so I had to pull all the vines. I’ll be curious to see if anything overwinters. Wherever I plant squash and cucumbers next year, it won’t be in the beds I used this year.
Every time I think I figured out how to defeat a garden foe,
something new comes up to test my mettle.
Garden: Greg and I have talked about setting up a little produce stand outside our fence line next year. We wanted to do it on the honor system but I don’t know if it’ll work. One bad experience and that would be the end of that. We’ll talk about it again next spring. It would be a nice way to earn a little extra cash.
We were talking to the guy who sells us hay. He used to sell his hay on the honor system but he lost a lot of stock last year. I can’t even imagine stealing someone’s livelihood. That’s beyond despicable.
Rabbits: My three rabbits are doing fine. It was getting pretty hot for a while which is the most dangerous time for a rabbit. We were cooling them off with a fan 24/7 and bottles of solid ice. The worst is over (I hope).
I’m afraid the male rabbit I was holding back might not work. He’s older than the female I held back recently and he’s still puny. He’s got his mother’s beautiful blue coat, but unfortunately he inherited his father’s small size. I’m on the lookout for a replacement.
Chickens: We sold all the Marans, which leaves us with a few pure breed Australorps. We also have backup chicks. The boys will go in the freezer, the girls will be allowed to grow up and be sold as laying hens next year.
The chickens went into a premature molt a couple of weeks ago. When chickens go into molt, they lose their feathers and stop laying eggs. I think it might have something to do with the two weeks of gloomy weather we’ve had. A couple of them are laying again, so I hope I didn’t miss my window of stockpiling eggs for the winter.
Goats: The Nubian girls are settling in great. They’re getting bossed around by our Boer doe, but that’s normal. She’s the dominant one. We are really liking the Nubians. I’ll have to wait to see how they look full grown, but they definitely have a sweeter temperament than the Boers.
Freezer Meat, the goat, is destined to see goat heaven in a couple of weeks. Although we can process a goat in under three hours, the cooler the weather, the better.
I’ll probably sell the other male kid next year and that will leave only Ray Charles. Despite the horns and the heft, he’s pretty laid back most of the time–as long as you don’t have a feed bucket in your hand.
Right now the males are in rut and they smell atrocious. Ugh! I can barely stand to go into their pen.
On the home front: We finally finished our hay barn. We still have the front to put up but that will only take a couple of hours. We wanted to get it done over the weekend, but both of us were down with sinus headaches.
The big job was loading and UN-loading 42 bales of hay. Boy, were we sore the next day.
We went to Canton, TX Trade Days in search of rabbits, quail, and a piglet, but came home empty handed. This isn’t the right time of year to look for animals, but it was a pretty day and we wanted to give it a shot.
The next big project on my horizon is to refinish the floors. Greg is fighting me on it, mostly because he doesn’t want to do the work, but I really don’t think it’ll be as bad as all that. It’ll certainly be easier than painting the ceilings. At least my neck won’t feel like it’s locked in a vise.
The only hard part will be the sanding. If he can help me with the sander–and moving furniture, I can stain and varnish the floors on my own. I really would like the house showroom ready for the holidays.
How about you? Are you shifting gears as the weather changes? Any new projects on your radar?