Kids and Gardens – a good mix

We weaned the first group of cashmere kids (11) a week ago. Their home for 3 weeks away from their mothers is a small pasture across the fence from our early garden. They learn quickly that this is a very good deal as they get “throwovers”. Throwovers include weeds and other garden plant disposals thrown over the fence by the gardener. Here they are getting the lower leaves from the sunflowers and weeds. Recyclying at its finest!

A new handspun yarn – Salt & Pepper

This is a new yarn I just finished making from our Shetland sheep wool. I started with rovings of two colors (dark and white) and spun from each randomly. I plyed this with a white spun strand from my Shetland lamb Penelope. After washing (to set the twist), I hung it outside to dry yesterday; it dried in less than two hours. Guess 100 degree days are good for something. I knitted a swatch on size 5 needles. I love this yarn! I’m taking this yarn to a knitting guild next weekend where I’ve been invited to speak and bring product for sale. If it sells Saturday, I will make more. If it doesn’t, the new sweater gets started right away.

If you garden and have goats…

sunflowers and goats

If you plant sunflowers, don’t plant them too close to the fence separating your garden from the goat herd. The north side of the sunflowers planted at the edge of the garden took some abuse. Goats were happy. If they could have just stretched their necks a bit further, I’d have no sunflowers left at all. I think these will recover; goats have been moved to a different pasture.

A day in the garden – May 8th

Yesterday I spent in the garden. A nice cool, but mostly sunny day – perfect for setting out plants from the greenhouse. I planted 46 tomato plants (which may seem like a lot, but it’s a small number for me). The 46 doesn’t count the 10 Stupice tomato plants I put out a few weeks ago. The peas are thriving (3 varieties) and the blueberry plants are loaded with green berries. I think it’s going to be a great garden year. It’s nice to be able to plant early.