Friday Follow-Up

This week:

- Do you know the difference between A1 and A2 milk, and why it's important? You can find out at Quality Homegrown Milk from Thoughts from Frank and Fern.

- We've had some much-needed, wonderful rain this week. I managed to get the green beans planted before the rain arrived, and scattered some "hay" seeds in the hayfield as well. I bought some beautiful hay last year; every time I fed the horses seeds would remain on the bottom of my wheelbarrow, so each day I gathered them all up and saved them to plant again. Native grasses, wild oats, and yellow hops, plus more that I don't recognize make hay the horses and goats both enjoy.

- I've been hearing bob white quail the past few mornings as I worked in the garden. Last evening I heard "bob white" again - in the middle of a mockingbird's medley. It brought back a fond memory of standing on the porch with my father, listening to a mockingbird in our suburban neighbor's tree. We were sure it was imitating the sound of a blender.

- With the cool mornings I've been spending most of my time in the garden. I'm certain it's the best spot of bermuda grass on the homestead; I'm constantly pulling out roots. With the crazy spring weather, the tiller that refused to work, and my fencing-out-the-dog problems, I'm really late getting everything in the ground, but it's getting done. The tomatoes and peppers look great, and everything else is beginning to come up finally. I am enjoying this morning time, listening to the birds sing and watching the goats in their pen.

- Sometimes I find a grub in the dirt while I'm digging. I give them to the chickens, who argue over this meaty snack. It's about time for them to emerge from the ground as June bugs, and when they do, I put a bucket of water underneath the porch light to collect the beetles that fall in overnight. The chickens love those too: free high-protein chicken feed.

What's up at your place?

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