Posts Tagged by Garden
|July 25, 2012||Posted by Issa under Homesteading|
I send email updates out to the people buying pigs from us, and publish them here, too, (slightly modified) for anyone else following along with our piggie adventures.
It’s getting close to the end!
The pigs are harder to weigh this year, since there are more of them. They are more like a herd of wild animals than like a couple of pets. It’s harder to get close. With this week’s measuring, the two biggest pigs are around 220 pounds. This puts their slaughter date about six weeks from now, around the beginning of September.
The pigs have been getting a lot of veggies lately! The Wallow garden has been overflowing with zucchini and cucumber especially, and the pigs nom it up. We also planted them a radish field a few weeks ago, so pretty soon we’ll turn them out in there, and they will have a wonderful time digging for radishes.
Here are a couple of pig videos for you. In the first one they’re nomming on a zucchini plant that we tossed in. In the second they are running away from the scary umbrella. (It’s not too scary, though. They make their playful barking sound and come running right back.)
|May 30, 2010||Posted by Issa under Just Pictures|
Just for fun, here are a couple of pictures of Joshua and me. We’ve got all kinds of happy things going on, and it’s nice to get that happiness caught on camera now and then.
Here’s Joshua in the back of our truck one day. We went out so he could cut and collect some firewood and then stopped by TSC to get supplies for his garden fence.
And here’s me getting ready to unroll fencing, the first day I put it up for the pigs:
|April 15, 2010||Posted by Issa under Homesteading|
It’s Spring here in Tennessee, which means things have been busy here at The Wallow. Joshua bought me an awesome hammock, which I love to nap away the afternoon in. I haven’t felt much like posting, but that doesn’t mean stuff isn’t happening. I’m just less likely to want to sit down and get something down on the computer. The last few days I’ve been itching to post and trying to think of what I want to communicate with the world. All I’ve come up with is, “I love Spring!” Not very deep or original, I know, but that’s all that’s really on my mind. Here are the things I’m looking at these days:
This stick with some green on top is the tree I think is a black walnut tree. Last fall, all the leaves and stems fell off, leaving it just a stick coming out of the ground. I assumed this was supposed to happen, since another walnut at The Wallow did the same thing. Still, I’m glad to see it showing some green this spring. Now we just have to wait 15 more years for walnuts!
When we first moved in here, I immediately fell in love with this tree that sits in the front yard of the house. I’m even more overjoyed to discover that it blooms in the spring!
Joshua has tilled, composted, and mulched about 1000 square feet in our front yard, and now all kinds of things are growing there: romaine, spinach, tomatoes, corn, kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, and more. While I can’t wait to harvest (and eat!) them, I’m less involved in the growing. However, the peas are my favorite plant in the garden. They reach out little tendrils to hold onto their poles and each other, which I think is just adorable!
The pigs are happy! I recently expanded their fenced area so that they have maybe a 1/4 acre to themselves now. Back when the field was raked and planted into a pasture for them, the guy who did the bush-hogging swept a lot of the debris into a big pile. The pigs love rooting through this pile:
The little yard closest to the house is mostly crappy grass that someone planted in an effort to make a “real yard”. Slowly but surely, it’s being overtaken by clover and these awesome little purple flowers:
And, hippie that I am, I’m in love with dandelions, too. I loved it when their bright yellow was mixed in with the purple, and I love their poof tops now: