It seems I’m not a very consistent blogger, and it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! I have all the animals to care for–goats, chickens, horses, dogs, cats, and now pigs (more on that later), the garden to keep up with, cheese and soap to make, riding lessons and my new obsession with learning dressage, working on my photography and soap sales, and my “real” job as a medical transcriptionist for 25 hours per week. But, all the baby goats are gone, the does’ production is starting to slow down, and we have the pigs to help keep up with the milk, so I’m finding a little more time now.
Last week we got 3 pigs, 2 for us and one for our daughter and soon to be son-in-law. They are a Yorkshire cross and all 3 are females. They’ve been busy rooting around, and I am very tempted to make their pen a garden when they’re gone. They’re better than any tiller and fertilize as they go! They’re drinking all the extra goat milk I give them and kitchen scraps. Seems like a good arrangement so far. They should be ready for processing in December.
The garden is doing better than it ever has this year, thanks to our unusually lovely summer here in Tennessee. The humidity and temperatures have been very tolerable, almost reminding me of summers in Iowa, and the rain has been coming when we need it. I’ve actually gotten enough zucchini to freeze this year and the squash bugs never did find it! They haven’t killed my butternut squash either. Beans, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes are all doing very well. And now it’s time to start my fall garden, which I’ll be doing this weekend.