Just a quick update on the goings on around the ‘stead. I’ve been busy doing spring cleaning around the property. The trees I cut down over the winter left a lot of branches that need hauled away or burned. I prefer hauling them away but some junk wood needed burned, so I burned some branches as well. Mowing is a never ending chore that I continually put off. Some of my grass is waist high because I put it off so long. I could bale it if I had a tractor and baler! But I only have a push mower, so that makes it more fun…
About half of the garden is in. I’m falling behind in my schedule because of rainy days and other chores. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cauliflower, cabbage, were some of the latest plantings. They all seem to be going through a bit of transplant shock or I didn’t harden them off enough before planting. Some tomatoes had new growth so I think they will pull through. I need to plant beans, pumpkins, corn, popcorn, whatever other seeds I have at the house, along with a second round of greens and radishes for staggered harvests. I did finally get new cherry trees and grape vines from Lowes after losing some over the winter. They still need to go in the ground, though. Potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, and the seeds I planted a couple weeks ago all seem to be doing good.
This past weekend I traded the black rabbit buck I got as part of the three “does” I bought for a New Zealand white doe and bought one of her sisters as well. They are only about two months old so it will be a few months before they can be bred. When they are ready I will breed them to the red NZ buck. I still haven’t decided what to do with the only doe of the three. Maybe I should ask the person I got the two new does from if we can breed her to one of their bucks? They live close so it wouldn’t be a bad idea.
A busy week and weekend lie ahead… Work at the CSA tonight and Thursday. Friday will be a travel evening after work back to my parent’s house in NW Ohio. Saturday is a good friend’s wedding. Sunday I will be coming back to the Rural Side, hopefully getting some work done around the house. Monday is Memorial Day so I don’t have to work, which as a contractor means I won’t be getting paid at all, but the day will most likely be spent working around the house again.
In other news, I have launched my first business. Still working on getting the name out and getting my first customer. I’ll post more about it soon. For now, check out the website for Cincinnati Backyard Farms (still a work in progress)