We have been involved with various farm projects lately. One is watching Magpie, who is pregnant and supposedly due this weekend. However, her udder is not very big so we think it will take a little longer for her to pop her kids out.
There was a brief break in the weather/rain, and we were able to rototill. We are still using the tiller that we got from my grandfather. It is 1970s vintage but starts right up each year and goes to work.
We also put the lower half of the defunct hot tub on a spool too. We will drill holes in the bottom, put dirt in it and plant carrot seeds.
I am trying to develop a love-hate relationship with nettles like I have with blackberries. It is currently a hate-hate one. I tried to use nettle stems to make fiber last winter, but the fiber rotted. I will try again this winter. but in the meantime I picked nettle starts and made soup. It actually turned out quite good.
We are tending to the starts in the greenhouse. The ground is still way too wet to plant so it may be a while for these guys in the greenhouse to make it outside.
We are watching the grass grow. It is almost long enough to start rotational grazing.
Today I decided it was warm enough to pluck and shear the rabbits. I always forget to take a photo of the rabbit before it is sheared because I am so focused on the task at hand. But I did remember this time to get a photo of Bomber beforehand.
Some of the rabbits were quite matted because I waited so long for the weather to turn decent. It is still freezing here at night so I hope they will be OK but I couldn’t wait any longer. Anyway, here’s the fiber I harvested from them today.
So those are the exciting activities here at our little farm.