....all within the last few days
. . . Hubby and son rigged up the dog kennel for the meat chicks, and the layer chicks are outside now (we got the kennel for free, covered the top, and sides with chicken wire). The barred rock layers are finally outside.
. . . unloaded a second truck load of mulch into the front flower beds.
. . . planted flower seeds - nasturtium, zinnia, poppy, wildflower, marigold, and snapdragon.
. . . my son mowed down the garden patch out near the barn and it's ready to till again.
. . . my 16 year-old daughter made a homemade lotion with goat's milk. It's not your thick creamy lotion, and must be refrigerated, but it works well so far.
Goat - Milk Lotion
1 cup of goat milk, room temperature
1/8 cup mild olive oil
1/8 tsp white vinegar
Add 4 drops of essential oil
Put goat milk and olive oil in a glass bowl, and mix thoroughly. An old-style rotary egg beater is good for this task. When well blended, add the essential oil, and blend it in. A pump-style container makes a good dispenser for this type of lotion. Shake before using; then refrigerate. Try spearmint essential oil for a summer refresher.
(From The Whole Goat Handbook, by Janet Hurst)
If you have dairy goats, this book contains lots of recipes for milk, body care and meat. There is even a recipe for honey ice cream! Yum!
. . . planted 28 pepper plants (chili, banana and green), and have another 20 to plant today. Today, I start planting 158 tomato plants. Pototoes, peas, lettuce, arugula, and cabbage are up. Spinach is not. I think I planted it too late.
. . . Hubby hired a guy to mow the pasture with a tractor. It looks so much better, and now we can start the goat fencing.
. . . the raccoon made another appearance. Hmpf. I guess I'm gardening today with a hoe in hand. A baseball bat is just too short for this gal.
Mom asked me how I do it all.
I sweat through 3 pairs of underwear, and chant "I can do it" over and over.
Wow, thats a lot of plants!!
I know just what you mean! I sold at 2 markets this weekend and at an auction on saturday night and in between I was planting and working in the beds.
Keep up the good work and think of the work ethic you are showing your children.
Your house front is beautiful.Weather is lovely up here but the blackflies and mosquitoes are thick so one must pace themselves.
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