If we’ve seemed a little MIA lately (did anyone even notice, ha ha?) – either here on the blog or in visiting our other blog friends, all is fine here, we’re just very busy! Spring is our busiest time of the year here on the farm. While yard cleanup is mostly done, the early veggies are popping up, and the seedlings are growing quickly, there is still a lot more to do! We planted potatoes this weekend, and I also set out some herbs that can take any colder temperatures that might still come around.
While many in our area consider Memorial Day weekend to be prime planting time, I won’t set out plants until the first weekend of June. I’ve been burned (or rather, my plants have been frozen!) before by putting things out too early. We’ll put more seeds in but the tomatoes, peppers, and other herbs will have to wait. I’ll keep busy bringing them out during the day to get used to the elements and then back in at night.
The growing chicks are keeping us busy, and wow, are they growing fast! It’s time for a cage cleaning, and we’ll be moving them into the larger dog crate at the same time. As you can see from the photos they are getting more and more active, and already jumping to the sides of their heater, which will also have to get raised so they can continue to fit underneath! Two of the yellow ones are a lot smaller than the others, and I need to do some research to figure out which breed they might be. The ones with the grey wings seem the friendliest. They still all tend to hide in the back when we approach, so the larger crate will also make it easier for us to reach them for handling so they’ll get more accustomed to us.
The crazy guinea hens are keeping us challenged and entertained, and we’ll be continuing our series this year “Life With Guinea Hens”. As I mentioned recently, our two females have started to lay eggs, and we had a plan to keep them safe from predators while doing so. That’s given us a whole story to tell….hint….what is it they say about the best laid plans?
Now that our weather has finally been improving, Luke and I have been having some nice walks. He’s also given me some challenges though, and made me realize I’d slacked off on training (again). So we have a few things we’re working on, along with some fun stuff, and we’ll be telling you more about that soon too.
I have also added some new products to our online store – handmade beeswax candles. I’ve enjoyed learning how to make these (and it was a learning process for sure!). Beeswax is more challenging to work with than other waxes, but we wanted to keep it natural. It burns clean and can even help purify the air in your house. I added some dried herbs to some of them, and I’m working on more scents and ideas. We are also running a 50% off sale on all of our sugar scrubs and scented sachets. I’m reformulating the sugar scrubs so want to sell out the inventory I have left. I’ve been using coconut oil in that product, but the fact that it solidifies in cooler temperatures makes it harder to use, so I’m going to switch over to grapeseed oil, which is also healthy and nourishing for skin.
As you can see, we have lots of stories to tell, I just need the time to sit down and write them. It will come – so stay tuned!
Is spring a busy time for you and your pets?
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