Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunny Sunday

Yesterday was the first day in ages that I have been home and able to get out in the garden on a sunny day. Doesn't the sun inspire you! Everything in the garden is moving; I have spinach, lettuce, leeks, rhubarb, silver beet and asparagus ready for the eating.
The muscles in my arms and chest are reminding me of the work we did. I can't believe how much we managed. I shovelled six barrows of manure to the potato patch. I'm a bit later than I'd like with the potatoes this year. Late August is a good time to get them in if I watch out for frost and cover them on the bad nights.

I manured two other veggie beds, fixed a hole in our little pond, clipped the wings of our young layers and put them back in the paddock, gave the pigs some wallowing water and belatedly mulched the asparagus. I've sown seeds for parsnips but I'm not holding out much hope. I don't seem to be home enough to constantly keep soil wet for veggies like asparagus and carrots.
Belle set up the monitor in the goat shed so we'll know if Argoo goes into labour during the night. We're both quite nervous about the event as it draws closer. She's such a sweet little goat and her tummy is huge!

I attended my first Landcare working bee yesterday but felt a smoodge guilty that I only stayed an hour due to my work screaming at me from home. I found out that the working bees are only every three months though, so next time I'll try to free the time. It's quite lovely hanging out in the bush pulling out weeds.

I hope to get back out in the garden today. Isn't it funny how achieving work in the garden always makes you see more, not less, jobs!

We have baby goats, geese and ducklings due in the next few weeks so there's no missing that Spring has sprung.
We think our first nest of goslings will hatch in the next week. It's made me realise we've come so far in our food journey with the children. Pumpkin was chattering to me as I worked and she commented that the goslings might be old enough to eat for Christmas lunch. "Oh, and we might have goat! Then we could kill a rooster too and it would be a real feast!"

I like how normal this lifestyle appears to my kids. There's such satisfaction in providing food that wasn't manufactured, bought from a multinational company, feed or sprayed with chemicals, transported for miles or packaged in wasteful packaging. Little bit by little bit we are becoming less dependent.
Pumpkin has been asking for days if we can make some pasta now that we have plenty of eggs again. I think I might do that with her today and enjoy pasta with asparagus for dinner. In fact, talking about asparagus has me craving some. I think I'll go and munch on a fresh spear for brekky!

Happy gardening and eating!


Lynda D said...

What a lovely post of productive work. Rather than feel like you are working hard it feels like you are enjoying yourself. Yes, your children certainly have a different life than most and they are all the better for it.

Cheryl said...

I'm a bit exhausted reading about your work!
But it is fun work, it sounds like you are really happy at the moment.
I've been thinking about joining our local landcare group too!

Linda said...

Yes Lynda! Productive work IS fun! It's the boring jobs that don't make a difference.

Cheryl, I love a day when I have both the time and the energy on the same day! It feels so satisfying to move forward in the garden. Yes! I like the idea of you joining your Landcare. I bet you'll meet some people there that you connect with. That might be where your little community is hiding.

narf7 said...

With you in solidarity on the hard slog front. Spring means "Spring into action" around here and we are hurling ourselves into getting our Northern Tasmania veggie garden up and running again for another year. We are at least a month behind the rest of Australia with our gardens so have to carefully balance when we start planting out our seeds but it's just hit "PLANT SEEDS!" time and another season has begun. You are, and have been, teaching your kids a most valuable lesson in where their food comes from and just how much effort it takes to produce it. Most children are oblivious to their food source. Your kids know how to pluck it ;). As Lynda D said, a post full of happiness that you just spread out like ripples on a pond :)

Chris said...

You sound busy, but content. Those plants look healthy, even if you aren't there to tend to their every whim. My plants get treated a lot like that too, lol.

I'm having problems with bush rats, digging up the seeds and seedlings I've just planted. Ah well, its all part of the food system, isn't it. ;)

Linda said...

Hi Narf, I loved your comment, "You kids know how to,pluck it". That's the next step in our journey. They disappear quick smart when they know we are dispatching anything. I'm just happy to have them eat it but hope one day they want to learn more about the process. Enjoy the changing season and planting your seeds!

Yes Chris, the garden's doing ok right now. I'm enjoying this stage while I can. It will be summer soon enough and things get hard in the garden then. I feel for you with the rats! I think that would be the last straw for me. It's difficult enough to grow veggies with insects, my chooks getting into a bed etc. Rats would be devastating.

Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

Wow you are busy on the home front. I have missed having time to catch up on what you are up to and glad I found time to pop by. I love that it is so normal for your kids, how life should be.