It sure is spring time

Spring Farm Update

Like a lot of farmers/gardeners at this time of year I seem to be outside with my gumboots on before I am truly awake in the morning and I’m falling asleep on the couch just after taking them off at night. Daily job lists easily fill the back of one envelope and are rarely completed in the one day.

Blogging certainly takes a back seat, an inspirational blogger from Scotland,at http://stoneheadcroft.com/ has been known to catch up on his blog late at night.  I certainly am not capable of stringing 2 sentences together after about 7.30 at night, let alone publicizing my thoughts to the world.

So we’ll just have to settle for an update and maybe some of it can be fleshed out at a later time.

There have been birthdays and bonfires,

cute kids,

bunnies,

and growing piglets.

There have been births

'Births' of a sort, these radish seedlings have come to life despite some very attentive slugs.

Deaths

This unfortunate lamb did not make it much past it's 4th week (?), we have also lost 2 ewes in the paddock for no obvious reason.

and bottle fed lambs

Yes this lamb lost it's mother, and has managed to spray a good lot of milk in that greying beard that is visible.

Garden update to follow.

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Pig shelters are traditionally made out of whatever is on hand, the most common being the old tank cut in half.  Unfortunately we didn’t have any of these available but we did have a small collection of pallets.

So 4 pallets later, some recycled nails, screws and bolts, garden stakes, corrugated iron sheets, scrap timber and some feed bags and we have a lovely little shelter for our 3 adventurous piglets.

It is quite roomy for them at present but come December it will be quite a squeeze for the 3 of them.  It will be interesting to see how this simple structure holds up to the boisterous behaviour of 3, 50kg + pigs.

We have managed to keep the adventurous little blighters in their paddock now for at least 2 full days, but that is relying on the electric fence netting to contain them, seen here.  However I need that netting elsewhere, I have peas coming up that need the protection.  I am hoping that our mains charger arrives soon and I can beef up the original 3 strand electric fence with maybe 4 strands with a much higher charge to keep them on their best behaviour.

The Great Escape

Hey Steve...the grass is green over here mate...

damn green...

c'mon Steve it's not that high, you can jump it

aw heck, here I go...

damnit! Don't jump Steve, they've fenced us in...

You guessed it folks, we’ve had escaping piglets.  Our pigsperience to date has been with slightly older and bigger pigs and they never went through the 3 strand electric fence we set up.  However these little blighters have.

That last shot shows our new electric poultry netting (not fully tensioned)  that was (and is still) intended for our early market garden plantings, it is meant to be in place by next Saturday, to keep feral animals away from our delicate vegetables, not to keep pigs in.  I will have to upgrade the 3 strand electric fence before then or buy another $300 worth of electric poultry netting….Bugger…

Tiny Farm Beginnings

Happy Piglets (these are our latest cultivators). They are prepping a garden site that we hope to be using towards the end of October.

not ours but they are part of our 'tiny farm' experience

The New Season's Lambs (not ours but they are part of our tiny farm experience)

More Tiny Farm Beginnings to follow.

The ‘tiny farm’ descriptor has come from a blog that has been quite inspirational of late

http://tinyfarmblog.com/

and it’s offshoot

http://tinyfarmblog.com/forum/

As can be seen not only is our Tiny Farm in it’s infancy so is our Tiny Farm blog.  As we become more accustomed to this medium things will take shape and become more user friendly, the important thing today is to take that first step and possibly, just like an infant, our next step will see us falling on our face.  That pretty much sums up how we have got this far.