Homestead Update: June 1st

The daisies are in bloom – it must be June! May was a great month and June is slated out to be even better. We have some AWESOME projects to show off that will be ‘finished’ this month but got started in May. Here’s the homestead update for May with photos of June “first”, as reported mid June thanks to server issues and lack of computer time. 😉

One day these shots will include tall, lush pasture of mixed grasses, clovers and forbs – vs all bent grass and daisies thanks to years of mismanagement by the previous folks. I’m slowly but surely renovating the soil and planting new pasture thanks to the chickens and ducks. It’s very fun to watch the patches where i’ve planted: no daisies and super healthy pasture … all in good time. For now it is fun to stop and smell the daisies 😉

Our biggest project in May was setting up the vegetable garden fence and multi-purpose shed. We’re so close to being finished! The roof remains and a few finishing touches on the wire and gates. I have all the veggies in and the potato tower seems to be working. It feels so GREAT to be gardening again – i cannot stress how much joy getting dirty and growing food makes me. :) I am also SUPER proud of my husband especially, but of both of us in our capacity to learn, work together, and create something from scratch without previous experience…. i think our shed is going to be pretty darned swell!

The weeds aren’t the only things growing and blooming around here. The foxglove (toxic yet beautiful) are standing tall along the edge of our pasture and many of the flowers and shrubs in my beds and hedgerows are happy as can be, blooming to provide food for the pollinators and joy to me as i drive home. The potato tower seems to be growing nicely – though i’m not seeing as many sprouts as i would expect for the number of seed potatoes i included.

And, my little ‘yard garden’ is doing great! My garlic is about a month away from harvest and VERY happy thanks to many doses of diluted blood from butchering these past months and several applications of rabbit manure. Those buns sure come in handy – i’m not one to waste any part of them! I planted some early kale in this bed and i’m glad i did – we’re enjoying kale with our supper even though the main garden is still young while i waited for a fence to plant.

Speaking of the buns: we have a new addition to our barn! Young miss Foxglove, aka Foxy was aptly named after the seasonal beauties around our farm – isn’t she adorable? I cannot wait to pair her with my new red buck to make some gorgeous babies! I plan on starting to show my rabbits later this year and have high hopes for her and her babes. I have a date with all the rabbit sand my camera this weekend, so look for updated photos of our breeding stock on the Birdsong Farm page soon.

The April and May showers have gone, leaving the sun and heat of summer. I hope i can harness that energy to create some delicious veggies. My skin is already glowing with a gardener’s tan adn i can’t wait to spend more time in my new sanctuary… complete with a tool shed! I’m also looking forward to having this ‘build the garden’ project OVER so we can focus on some new projects. Soon i’ll have some spare time to post some really informative blog posts! Maybe 😉

Enjoy the spring/summer wherever you are!

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