September 19, 2016

Homestead Happenings #2


Welcome to Volume 2 of the Homestead Happenings, a sort-of-monthly peek into what's happening behind the scenes.

Homestead Happenings #2

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.

Hummingbird drinking at feeder.

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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12 comments:

  1. Similar happenings here. The hummingbirds are still here, and we know they will be taking off soon. We'l miss their daily antics outside our windows.Fall crops are planted and I'm canning the last of the first apple harvest. Happy fall!

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    1. Happy fall to you too, Michelle. I know I'm ready for it!

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  2. Your little duckling sounds wonderful - so cute! And baby hummingbirds - wow! We rarely see hummingbirds in the UK so that sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing what's happening on your homestead with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Kathi.

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    1. Thank you, April. This is the first year we've had hummingbirds like this and in this quantity. We love it and will be sorry to see them go when it's time to fly south for the winter.

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  3. Your little duck sounds adorable. I enjoy the overall quiet feeling of your blog. Simple joys, enough cannot be said about them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Leanna. There's a lot to be said for "simple".

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  4. Wow! You've got a lot going on! So glad you were able to save that one duckling.
    We will be planting fall veggies soon too. It's been a long, hot summer with nothing growing and it'll be nice to be back out there tending crops.
    Thank you for joining us on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

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    1. Thank you for hosting the hop, Daisy. I look forward to it every week!

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  5. We had a volunteer white pumpkin plant grow in the middle of our yard. (My 9 year old told me he planted a few seeds there...goofy kid!) I was waiting for one in particular to get nice and big, but my daughter tripped on it and broke it off. Oh well. Now we have a smaller gourd sized decoration instead.

    I love your duckling story! Adorable. :)

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    1. One wrong step... that's all it takes! What a funny place for a pumpkin plant.

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  6. I think there would be a sense of helpfulness knowing that your garden is a stopover for the little birds. I would love to see so many all together!

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    1. You're right, Betty, it's a great feeling to know you're providing food to help the hummingbirds continue on their journey. They are amazing little things!

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