Wow. I'm really slacking on my blog posts :-(. I'd like to say its because all of the work is done and we're just sitting around doing nothing so there's really nothing to write about...but that's not the case. I did take a week off in October for an awesome family vacation, so I'll use that as my excuse this time.
Ok, now back to reality.
A gust of wind blew over the hay tent we built for the round bales. It was almost done... just hadn't been anchored to the ground as planned. We spent and entire day building it back better than before, and it is now securely anchored and has tarps across the front to shield it from the wind and rain (and snow). Cross your fingers that it stays up this time.
During mid-October, a large pile of beautiful compost was added to this soil, and approximately 800 bulbs of garlic planted. It is now securely covered with straw mulch and ready to do its thing. If you need some garlic next summer, if all goes well I should have plenty. I learned a few things from last year's crop so hopefully the bulbs will grow bigger.
The sheep came down to the feed lot yesterday, time to start feeding hay. All are looking fat and happy, and I'm pretty confident Rambo did his job. We have 9 breeding ewes this season, and 11 lambs remaining from last season (6 rams and 5 ewes). Our survival rate was much better this year. With better management practices, we only lost one lamb. Each year we learn more, and although books and web sites are great, the best teacher is experience.
My sweet Ember spent a couple weeks with Kobalt, and now she's back with the rest of girls. She and I miss our milking time. We are looking forward to more kids and milk next spring.
I'd love to report 'the wall is done' but, its not. Vacation and deer hunting season took priority. Still, a lot of progress has been made, so when the time comes, hopefully soon, I can clean up my driveway.
My name is Christy Franklin.