Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wooo Hoooo!!!

I don't remember if I told you, but this year, I though the garden was a bust.  At first the crows came and pulled up some of the small seedlings so they could eat the corn or beans they were coming out of.  Smart buggers.  Next, we had our rabbit problems.  They were eating the tops off of our beans as soon as they got their normal leaves on them.  After we put up a rabbit fence, the deer decided it was their turn to torture me.  They jumped my garden fence and ate almost all of my green tomatoes plus, they ate my beans down to the ground.  I just about gave up on the garden all together.  That was, until last night.

I went out to see if we had one, just one tomato for a sandwich.  Not only did I find one tomato, I found a whole bucket full!  Plus a gazillion large green tomatoes coming on!!! The weeds were horrible, but I had tomatoes!  I think the weeds were actually hiding the tomatoes from the deer.  There were no deer tracts in the garden at all.  Well, not any I could see.  There were a LOT of weeds.

Not only did I have tomatoes, but I had beans!  The beans that I thought were being taken over by weeds had decided to fight back.  They had climbed the weeds as if that was what they were there for.  There were bean plants taller than my head and they had a very heavy load of beans on them.  Woooo  Hooooo!!!!  Maybe I won't go hungry this year after all!

Now if I can only find time to pick and can them before the first frost.  Looks like it's time for me to take some time off work again.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, actual gardener.  kind of.....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oh My!

See these little cuties?  There are actually three of them.  I have waited 5 extra months for them to grow up so that I could breed them. These pictures of when they were one month old.  They are a lot bigger now.

I was going to breed them to this fine looking feller.  You can't tell it in this picture, but he is a solid black New Zealand.  He's a nice big boy.

Well,  today was going to be breeding day.  I put one of the young ones in with the Big Boy.  They went around and around and around.  Then......fur started to fly.  I mean, big tufts of fur.  The young one was tearing fur from the Big Boy.  It went on and on and on.

I had to get them apart!  So I grabbed the young one and got it out of the cage.  As I was holding it, I had a thought.  Maybe I didn't get the sex right with the young ones.  So I looked.  I turned it over and right there in between it's legs were..... Oh My Goodness!!!!  That's not a girl!

I checked another one.  SAME THING!!!  I checked the last one......  I am officially revoking my rabbit sexing license. It was a buck also!  I have waited 5 month and fed these suckers lots of food for nothing!!!!

I guess I'll be having rabbit stew pretty soon.  Back to the drawing board.  Looks like I have to wait another 2 months for my other three young'ens to be old enough to breed.  Don't worry, I checked them again.  Yep, they are does.  Hopefully.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, license revoked

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bad Things And Good Things

Many things have happened since my last post. As you have probably already heard, we here in Blog Land, have lost a real icon of homesteading.  Sci-Fi Chick died.  I'm not going to go into any details.  I'm sure she would hate all of  the attention her death is getting, but I also don't think she realized how much she touched the lives of so many people.  We use to talk a lot in Wolfe's chat room, sometimes way up into the night.  I will miss those chats.  I talked a lot with her and I think we had become friends, at least as close as the Internet would let you.  You will be missed Sci.

Since it has been so long since I have posted on here I thought I would try and catch you up on what has been going on.  We have been really busy around here.  We were given a bunch of corn so we froze a few bags for later.  I just love frozen corn.  It tastes just like fresh picked corn. No canned corn can compare.  If the electric is out for a long while we will keep the freezer going with a generater.  If we can no longer run the gererator, we will be canning some corn really fast. lol. I think the taste of frozen corn is worth the gamble. We froze some of the corn that we grew, wasn't as good as the corn that we were given, but it will work in the middle of the winter.  I think we waited a little too long to pick it.  It wasn't as milky as I like it.  I'm picky.

I have officially signed the contract to be a writer for Molly Green Magazine!!!  I actually have something published on their website!!  I'm soooo excited!!!  I'm talking about Hubby and I trying to eat more organic foods because of his health scare. It's a short article but it's still an article that I wrote, publish by the magazine.  You can read it here.Our Journey To Wellness Begins  Did I tell you that I'm EXCITED!!!!!! LOL!!!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, saddened, yet excited at the same time.