Goat Update and 2017 Seed Order

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming, Garden, Goats, Homesteading, Spring, Uncategorized | Posted on 13-03-2017

Exciting news… We sold all 4 of our baby goats this year! This is our first time selling livestock and we’re very pleased that it went so well! They will start going to their new homes this Sat. (3/18/17). I’m happy that we found good homes for them.

Now, moving onto our garden. I purchased our 2017 seeds from Fedco again. We ordered from there last year and were pretty pleased with what we received.

Here is a list of what we ordered for 2017…
Provider Bush Green Bean
Sugar Ann Snap Peas
Golden Gopher Muskmelons
National Pickling Cucumbers
Black Zucchini
Saffron Yellow Summer Squash
Eastern Rise Buttercup Winter Squash
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
Luffa Gourds
Red Core Chantey Carrots
Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beets
French Breakfast Summer Radishes
Speckled Amish Bibb Lettuce
Solstice Broccoli
Golden Acre Cabbages
Snow Crown Cauliflowers
Peacework Sweet Peppers
Early Jalapeño Hot Peppers
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
Amish Paste Tomatoes
Genovese Basil
Santo Cilantro
Lavender
Common Mint
Rosemary

We also have seeds of various kinds left over from previous years that we’ll be using. I’ve kept them in the deep freezer so hopefully they will still be viable.

Now I need to sit down and plan out our garden plots, and get seeds started. So much to be done at this time of the year!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming, Goats, Homesteading, Spring | Posted on 25-02-2017

On February third we had a wonderful surprise. Our 6-year-old son ran in the house to announce that we had baby goats. Our Nigerian Dwarf doe, Popcorn, had her first kids. Two little bucklings. They are both tri-colored (brown, black & white) and one of them has blue eyes like his mother.

Then on February fifteenth our other doe, Buttercup, surprised us with two more kids. This time two little doelings. One of them is marked like her mother (tan & white) and the other is marked like our buck (black & white).

All four are absolutely adorable. We are leaving them with their mothers for now to make sure that they’re getting adequate nutrition since we’re new at this. They are nursing well, nibbling at their goat feed and hay, and are thriving.

We have sold the blue-eyed buck, but the other 3 are still available. We are selling the buckling for $200 and the doelings for $400 each. They are all able to be triple registered with the ADGA, AGS, and NDGA.

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Wood Burning

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Homesteading, House, Wood Burning | Posted on 10-03-2014

Wood Burner    We only heat our home with a wood burning stove. I love the independence it affords and the cheaper electric bills. It is a lot more physical work than just turning up the thermostat, but physical work provides exercise and satisfaction from a job well-done. This will be the fourth year of heating this way, and every year around this time we start to wonder how much longer we’ll be burning. I thought this would be a great place to keep record of that.

This has been a particularly harsh winter. We’ve gone through most of our firewood so this summer will be spent harvesting a new supply. Just this week it looks like the weather is going to finally warm up a little. Up until now we’ve only had a handful of days above 60 degrees so we’ve still been burning all day & night. It looks like most of this week we’ll be able to just burn for a short time each day to knock off the chill, but the sun and warm temperatures should warm the house during the day. Praise God!