Dylan has a new garden system which is a no till system allowing him to place gardens in previously unusable space (hillsides, etc). So far we have the flower and herb garden in the front yard, a garden for the kids by their tree house, a tea garden on the hill down to the barn, and two more gardens to be used for long season crops like tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. This will free up much needed space in the front garden beds. Hooray!!!
One of these garden beds will have a chicken moat surrounding it. There will be an electric netting "moat" around the bed which will greatly reduce insect pressure and greatly increase fertility of the bed.
The next time you're out at the farm ask to see one or all of our new beds!!!!
P.S. we need newspapers!!!!! Bring them to us!!!!! :)
We have eggs for sale even though our CSA and produce sales are over for the season. Our chickens graze on rotational pasture systems. They eat mostly fresh grass and bugs and our vegetables. They are supplemented with Purina non medicated feed. The eggs are amazing!!!! They are $3 a dozen. We don't have a lot of change on hand, due to the produce sales being over, but also accept cash and credit/debit cards (even on deliveries).
We get about 2 dozen eggs per day!! Call or text me to get your eggs through the winter!! You can email as well.
I can possibly deliver to town. Just ask!!!!
See you soon.
Sunny, one of our sheep, had twin lambs this morning. With the kids' help, they have been name Frost (female, really white) and Cookie (male, cream with tan markings). They are all doing great and already running around playing. They are so mischievous that Cookie already got himself accidentally relocated to the goat pen tonight for a short time. They seem to be getting along fine with Duck and Chicken, who are now a couple weeks old. We are now up to EIGHT sheep, and expecting a couple more before the winter is through. Exciting times here at 47 Daisies!!!
We have added signposts all over the farm today. These were for Dylan's birthday last year. The signs are completely random (to most people) but have significance to us.
North Dakota is the front garden fields. When Kade was very small, he would always say "where's dad?" Or " where's dad going?".....to which we would reply "North Dakota", due to a fascination Dylan had with the state. It stuck. We still say it. So now Dylan can go to North Dakota every day.
As most of you know, we lived in Madison, WI while Dylan attended grad school at UW. We made great memories there so it's only fitting to have it here on the farm in Ruston.
When we first moved here we decided to plant blueberries all over the hill behind the house. Plans have changed for that field, but the name stuck.
When Kade was little he also watched a Dora movie ALL the time....and in it they would say "where are we going?........blueberry hill". So ever since then, every time Kade says "where are we going?".....we say "blueberry hill". :) He hates it. We think its great.
I grew up in KY and we met in KY, were married in KY and had Kade in KY.....so it's a very special place for us.
This is the field behind the pond. It has been The Secret Field since the day we moved in. Kade wants to build a little house there someday.
We love randomness like these signs on the farm.
Our first lambs were born on Monday night to our ewe, Cleo!! It is always exciting to head to the barn in the wee hours of the morning to check the animals and be greeted by two fuzzy lambs nursing their mom!!! Upon seeing that Cleo had given birth, I called Harmony on the phone and immediately a parade of kids (first Kade, and soon after Eilah and Basil) come tearing down the hill with flashlights in tow to see the new additions. Both baby lambs are healthy and seem to be adjusting well!!
Even though these lambs are slated for meat in about 6-9 months, we decided that they should have names. I thought that because there was a chance of thunderstorms today that "Storm" would be a good name for the brown lamb, and because it is December "Christmas" would make a good name for the white lamb. I suggested these names to Harmony and the kids and Eilah's response was....."NO....the brown one is "Duck" and the white one is "Chicken!" She has proceeded to be adamant since they were born that their names are Duck and Chicken.........so long story, short.........Duck and Chicken have joined the farm and I am sure they will approve of their somewhat unique names!!
What we are now calling the "Barnyard Chickens" (the others in the movable coop have become the "old chickens") are doing great in their new barn home!! Dylan converted a portion of the barn into a pretty awesome coop for these guys (girls...). :) Of course, I've been too busy to get photos of their new home, but I will do that soon.
Their door will be cut out and built this weekend allowing them free range of ALL the pastures (and probably the barn, if they feel frisky). You will definitely see chickens if you come to our farm. There really won't be any way to miss them!!!
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The high tunnel has undergone a drastic overhaul. We chose to temp fate and plant citrus trees in the high tunnel to see if we can be successful in north LA at lemons, satsumas and kumquats. The first 10 trees were planted a couple of months ago and one of the lemon trees has decided it is time to bloom! A little out of season but not uncommon for lemon trees which when presented with the right conditions will flower almost continuously. We don't hold out much hope for this particular flowering event to result in fruit set, but hopefully citrus will be coming soon!!
(The photo is before the high tunnel was planted in citrus. We'll get some photos of the citrus planting soon
Wintertime on the farm is time to try new things (or bring up old habits) and see what happens. With a little bit more time away from the garden beds, projects that have been on the backburner for a while can get picked up again (i.e. citrus in the high tunnel, tea gardens, mushroom logs, no till garden beds, etc.). Tapping maples for maple syrup is one of those things......
Louisiana is DEFINITELY not known for maple syrup production!! But we will still try. We have been tapping maples for a long time (in Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania) but this year will mark only the second season we have tapped in Louisiana. The warm winter of 2011/2012 shut us down but as you can see from the picture, Kade is enjoying some box elder sap from the 2010 tapping in Louisiana at 47 Daisies.
Hopefully we will get some cold weather here in a month or so and be able to get out taps in!! We will keep you posted!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )