Welcome to Volume 2 of the Homestead Happenings, a sort-of-monthly peek into what's happening behind the scenes.
In the past month the mornings have been cool and damp with dew. Production in the garden has really slowed down.
I've pulled up the squash plants and put them on the compost pile, and am about to do the same with the peppers and tomatoes. I have time to plant some lettuce and other greens if I do it right away. I also want to move the walking onions and the comfrey plants from their containers to a garden bed.
The sole cantaloupe plant produced three nice melons. Just as the first one ripened - and I was eagerly anticipating the harvest - it walked off in the middle of the night. Whatever the thief was, it picked up the melon and carried it away rather than eating it right there.
In July, the female Muscovy duck hatched two of her dozen eggs. One little yellow duckling was following her around frantically and I snatched it up, carrying it into the house and the safety of the brooder. (The male has killed every duckling the poor mama has tried to raise.) Unfortunately the second ducking was dead inside the coop.
This is the first one that I've kept; in the spring I sold the five ducklings that had hatched in the incubator. It's hard to sell just one though, so I didn't try to find it a new home. It received a lot of attention because I keep the brooder in the mudroom.
I'm pretty sure it's a male since it's absolutely huge at two months old. He loves to be picked up and held, and follows me around the chicken coop when I feed and water the chickens. He's very clumsy on those big webbed feet and it's so comical to watch him try to gallop around.
Most of "our" hummingbirds have moved southward, leaving three juveniles behind. I was thrilled to look out the kitchen window Sunday morning and see another "herd" of them at the feeders. It was nearly impossible to count them, they flit about so quickly, but I counted ten and there were still several more flying around, so I'll estimate that there were 12-15 of them. Fall is coming, and it's nice to know that we are now a stop on the journey south.
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