rainy tuesday

Here is my attempt at a panoramic view of the pasture the sheep are in.  The sheep are in the far left back corner.  The farmhouse and barns are in the upper right hand corner.  I took these pictures this morning after I moved them.  I am standing at the top of the old pasture.  You can see how the grass is light in color and you would also see that it is short, if you could see closer.  The electric netting from the old pasture is still standing.  Down where the sheep are now, you can see the lush green pasture they were moved into.  They don’t get a huge amount of pasture each day, but it’s enough for them to eat in one day.  It’s important to not give them too much, or they won’t eat it all, like a child who eats the bread and leaves the veggies, and enough so they’re not hungry and try to get out of the fencing.  This is also a great way to keep pastureland productive all season long.  When they get to the last section, if properly managed, they can start again at the first.  This is known as Rotational Grazing and this method can be practiced with sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys.

Today was another true spring day.  This one damp and rainy.  Which makes for a perfect day to work in the greenhouse.  We started a little fire and worked on transplanting tomatoes and eggplants!  We also planted cabbage and lettuce.  Above, you can see we planted these eggplant seeds into mini-soil blocks.   What we did today was transplant them into bigger soil blocks that they will stay in until they go into the ground.  This time of year when the greenhouse is super full, this is a way to give us a little extra room and use just the best starts.

We also mucked out the barn, but lucky for you, I didn’t take any pictures of that event.  It really wasn’t as bad as it sounds.  The animals really aren’t in the barn much, they’re mostly on pasture, they’re only in for a few months while they are lambing.  Just Blackberry comes in daily to be milked.  Pretty much the iconic bad chore on the farm, but hey, check that one off for the year.

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