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.
Cashmere kids out to play on a sunny day. Not an electronic device or video screen in sight!
Sometimes – ewes and does seem to get stuck looking after kids/lambs that aren’t theirs. They don’t seem to mind.
Planting peppers with dog help – *plant a pepper, throw the ball * , repeat until you are out of peppers.
We brought animals and products to the annual Mission Mill Sheep to Shawl event in Salem. We had a great time! Visitors enjoyed the animals and bought lots of product. It was a good day for the farm.
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.
We’re getting ready for the annual Sheep to Shawl event at Mission Mill in Salem Saturday May 7th. This always involves dyeing more yarn (Shetland wool handspun and cashmere) to stock up our vendor booth at the event.
The purpose of this blog is to change the format of our Goat Knoll website “What’s Up” section. This feature of the website was created in 2005 and was intended as a view for site visitors on what was happening currently on the farm. There was no opportunity for visitor questions/feedback and sometimes it was only updated a couple times a year. This old history has been left on the website here: 2005 – Feb 2016 What’s Up
New updates will be on this blog – perhaps updated a bit more often. We’ll just see where this goes…