Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Warm sunny days at last

Finally! It is going to be another beautiful sunny warm day here in Interior Alaska! Yesterday was warm and sunny as well. I am a little sunburned, mosquito bitten and a bit stiff and sore. I spent hours shoveling, turning beds and digging up the top layer of weeds which are between the rows, which was almost, literally, back breaking work. Yesterday we planted onion sets. Today we are putting in a second row of peas, turning the greenhouse beds, and starting to turn the next beds in line. We have yet to put any live starts in the garden with the exception of the onion sets. I suppose I could have put potatoes in, last week. Our ten day forecast is looking great, and if could actually rely on it, I would be planting broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage starts this week. We've got a couple cloudy days coming up which would be a nice time to plant starts. We'll see. I've got twelve trays of starts I'm moving outside each day to harden off. I think most of them will benefit from one more week of babying before I throw them out to mercy of the elements. I was thinking of asking what it is that you guys are all planting right now. But if you are already picking peas and strawberries, I don't want to hear about it. (smile) Wishing you all warm and sunny spring days!


Plain and Joyful Living said...

We have been wet, wet, wet here - and being in far northern Vermont, we are not too far behind you planting wise. I do have peas about 5" tall, and lettuce about 1" and onions about 3-5", but still have the rest of the potato planting to do when it dries a bit.
Glad you are enjoying some beautiful weather.

A quick goat question (or two) - when do you start making minerals available to your kids and when do you do your first worming?

Warm wishes, Tonya

Emily said...

Tonya, minerals are available to kids once they are a couple weeks old and old enough to join the herd and help themselves to the mineral feeders. Make sure when you buy your minerals that they aren't mostly salt, or designed for sheep. Goats need more copper than sheep. They should be made for goats and loose mineral not block, and offer them free choice and keep them out of the rain.

I worm the does weekly with Molly's herbal wormer - so I figure some passes through the breast milk. If I were you I'd read Molly's fiasco farm site about kid care, and follow her kid herbal wormer advice. If you haven't already, you should worm your kids, whether you are using chemical or herbal. I don't know much about chemical wormers, I used them for years on my horse, but have been using herbs for years now. When I brought up kids and they weren't nursing off their dams, I followed Molly's wormer plan. Chemical wormers are cheaper, but they wipe out their whole system and then you should follow them up with probiotics which cost money too. Our snow is just finally gone, so I'm glad we haven't been getting any rain yet, if we get too much rain early on our mosquitos get out of control. Take care and happy planting!

Denise said...

Emily, we have two flats of assorted peppers, okra, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage started. We've spread composted cow manure on two of our larger garden areas and tilled and tilled. This year's potato patch is still in the process of being freed from the wild, so it's not quite ready yet.
We've also got the frame of one greenhouse (12' x 24', I think) set up. Just have to stake it and put the cover on it, then we can move in! :-)
You're ahead of us, but with both my husband and I working, we tend to be far behind all the time!

cargillwitch said...

it has been such a cold wet spring here in Ontario Canada ! I WISH I had reports of strawberries but even for a warm year it would be a month early.
Radishes, bush and storage beans, peas are up as are the green lentils I planted for the first time this year. Everything else were inside seedlings I have just recently transplanted. Sounds like you have warmer weather there than we do here!