This year’s garden patch started out as hay and pumpkins from the 2015 season, became deep bedding over the winter, grew us pumpkins in 2016, and now is a nicely mulched bed that took only a little bit of weeding to turn into a no-dig garden. Continue reading Pumpkins to No Dig Garden
Below are clips of Sweet Pea giving birth and nursing an orphan lamb. The lamb was rejected by his mother because I made the mistake of bathing him, and he didn’t smell right to her any more. Continue reading Sweet Pea gives birth and feeds another lamb
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but you’d be amazed how hard it can be to convince the animals of this.
The calves and the sheep have separate accommodations in the evening, but go out to graze together in the morning.
Yesterday I opened up a small field that had just finished a good rest and was flush with clover. The critters would have eventually found it on their own, but it’s just good practice for me to move them. The calves are learning commands, and I like to give the sheep good reasons to come when I call them.
The boys did not want to go. They only recently have been weaned off morning milk and oats in favor of me having time to move them to fresh pasture in the morning. They kept mooing at me and at the barn and trying to turn back around. Once we got where we were going though, they stopped dead in the gate, front feet on the good grass, back feet on the old grass, and started eating. Seems I’d been right after all about where the good eats were…
The sheep had been roaming far off and would be a long time in coming, so I went on with my other chores, which put me outside the corner of the fence. When the sheep finally came, they made a beeline for me, and got stuck in the corner. “No sheep, you just passed the gate, go back! See, that one’s gone in, follow her!” I had to go around, and get it all sorted out. They were quite happy tearing up great mouthfuls of clover when I left for church.
Thanks to Vicki Solomon of Evergreen Oxen for loaning us the yoke and taking the picture, and to the folks of Western NY Oxen who encouraged me to put this little gathering together. John Deer and Case did well, although I myself made some mistakes. They’re well on their way to becoming useful members of the Eddy Ridge team.