It’s been a pleasant weekend so far. The sun has been shining a good bit, the snow geese are heading south and in the hedgerows I’ve heard some bluebirds talking.
Then we turned our ewe flock out on the pastures to press in the seed with their hooves as they walked around munching on the tiny bits of green that were out there. They did a fine job and enjoyed getting out of the barn for a few sunny days.
And they left behind all these wonderful little piles of pellets. Which brings me back to the weekend. I realized it’s time I start collecting these “poobles”. I like to make manure tea from them which I use in my vegetable and herb gardens. I gather up a gallon of these marvelous things, pour them into a 5-gallon bucket with a lid (or if I have a burlap bag with a drawstring, put them in there first), then I fill up the bucket with water and come back in a week to some superb fertilizer. My gardens love this stuff.
The sun and sky were so bright and pretty, I couldn’t resist sharing some of these photos. This is our corn crop from 2011. The pigs will enjoy most of it, but I’d like to take a few ears and make some cornbread for Philip and me.
And Grandma Cow…she is doing well. Her favorite place is here on this south-facing slope where the apple trees break the wind and the sun is warm.
Enjoy the little hints of spring. –Dee