Chicks, Man.

We’ve got chicks, Man! (shout out to Joel McHale from The Soup on E!…love him!….anyone? anyone?).

Anyway, we received our Standard Bronze turkey chicks last week! (Why yes, we are trying to make ourselves crazy and fill up any free time we had).

These little things will be ready just in time for Thanksgiving. People often ask me, “don’t you feel bad about eating animals you have raised?” The answer is really simple. No. And here’s why….I know my animals have had a good life, been treated well, free to roam around the farm, and well fed. So in short, no. I don’t feel bad at all.

So these are the chicks, man (I can’t resist…).

Check out the look from the chick in the middle. He’s saying, “I didn’t sign no photo release, lady.”

Oh, and for the record, check out my garden. I was so ashamed I finally got my act together.

Tomatoes.

Pole Beans.

Watermelon.

Note: Please disregard the sheep turds in the upper right corner. Not super photogenic but super good for the garden. Oh, and we have sheep turds coming out of our ears….if you would like to have a crappy garden too let me know.

Uhhhh, the new lettuce hasn’t come up yet. But it’s coming???

Perhaps this is why my garden doesn’t grow.

Really dogs???

Happy Wednesday.

Alexis

2012. the year of my garden.

(RIP seedlings of 2011)

Last year I really, really wanted to start a garden. I had hopes and dreams of growing my own food, canning my own tomato sauces and making pesto from the basil I had grown. And my dreams started off with a bang. Wade constructed two beautiful raised beds, lined them with chicken wire (to keep gophers out) and filled them with rich soil. I started seeds, and they grew! Then a little thing called our wedding distracted me. The seedlings almost died. Post wedding I nurtured those little seedlings back to health and I was on my way to my first real, grown-up garden. But then we built a dairy, got really distracted, and the seedlings died. My big bang start had fizzled out. But…but….my intentions were so good!

So this year I am going to have a garden. Really, I am! I have thumbed through my 2012 seed catalog and the planning has begun. I have already planted some butter leaf and galactic lettuce. Guess what? They are growing! Never-mind that about 1/3 of the seeds I planted actually grew, I’m thrilled!

Inspired by my 33.33333% success rate, this weekend I decided it was time to get going on my garden. (It’s about time seeing it’s already April and this is supposed to be the year of my garden). With the help of my nine-year-old neighbor Justin, I cleaned up my garden area. See the photo below? That is less than HALF of the weeds we pulled.

But one girl’s weeds are another lamb’s salad…

They loved it!

Now that my garden is looking a little better, and has a whopping two varieties of lettuce growing, I am excited to get my Spring/Summer seeds started. But between milking, lambing, making ice cream and delivering ice cream….I have every intention of having manageable garden. Note: I am not good at starting out “small”. It was about year ago we had our first three sheep. Now we have over twenty-five and lambs will continue to increase that amount…What I want to plant this Spring: jalapeno & bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes (all kinds), basil, yellow squash and zucchini, sweet peas, black beans, butternut squash, onions, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots and melons. Like I said, I’m starting small.

But you know what? I will be happy if half of the that list grows; I will be thrilled just to have something other than weeds thriving in my raised beds.

Wish me luck!

Alexis