This summer started with so much anticipation, excitement, and exuberance. With so many big plans, I was ready to face all my projects head on and make this the best year ever. The most successful, bountiful and organized I had ever been. But then something happened.
Literally and figuratively, life prevented me from doing just about anything other than just getting through the day.
My vegetable garden went from this….
Everything got overgrown, weedy, and under picked. My tomatoes got a blight, the stakes didn’t hold them up properly. The cole crops were attacked by flea beetles, practically destroying every single one. My squash were infested with cucumber beetles and squash bugs. Out of 2 zucchini plants (which, any other year would yield zucchini’s out the yin yang) produced only 2 sad zucchini. My Hubbard and patty-pan squash did nothing. Long story short? Fail.
Maebelle the milking goat. Oooh Maebelle. Oh, goats. I still maintain that goats are great, but they are SO. Much. Work! They require fortress like fencing, and even then it may not be enough. After months of struggling through milking Maebelle I decided it was not worth it any more. She was not improving in her attitude and I ran out of steam. That left me with 4 goats that had no purpose. And let me tell ya, I’m over having animals “for fun”. It’s a LOT of work and time and money. So Maebelle, Mac and Morris are all on their ways to new homes.
Unfortunately, we also had to say good-bye to Marigold who, at an unknown, but undoubtedly ripe-old-age passed away. I can’t say Farmer B was sad to see the goats go. He might not be the biggest fan of goats. Goats? Fail.
I can, at the very least, say I had one solid success on the farm this year and it’s the pigs. They’ve all grown according to plan, they have escaped once or twice but never went far. The two barrows are close to slaughter weight, and Harry and Sally are preparing for a cozy winter of pig-lovin’, which, with any luck, will result in lots of healthy wee piggies this spring.
The hardest part of keeping the pigs has been the cost of feed. We did start grinding our own feed, but we still had to buy the corn, which as most of you know is at an all time high right now. Hopefully, when we harvest our own corn this year that will help decrease our feed costs. Farmer B, bless his heart, has taken on most of the feeding duties, while I’ve been out of commission. This has worn on him though, and has honestly made him a bit sour towards this adventure of mine. But I won’t give up on these pigs!
Where we stand with bees, poultry, and the farm stand!