The Kitchens Garden has…

Many gardens ..

Some I never even get around to showing you.

I will try – but not today.

I can’t seem to find my rhythm this summer – not so far anyway.

I love the long necks on cows.

We have a savage amongst Poppy’s babies. Someone has bitten a chunk out of one of Poppy’s teats. And I think when this happened she must have leapt up and stood on another piglet ripping its little hoof off.  The pig has two hooves per foot but still this is not a good thing. As I understand it the hoof will not grow back. I have given the baby antibiotics against infection and have Alex’s help with dipping the wound in iodine frequently.

The piglets are only just over two weeks old so once she hits three weeks I can bring her out to the house. This is only a few more days but I am afraid if I bring her out now and she does not take to a bottle or lap milk she will not thrive. Better to get her strong enough first. But if I leave her in there an infection might get away on us. Piglets sleep a lot so if she keeps off her feet it may well dry up.  A Catch 22.

I will monitor her closely.

Poppy’s teat I am treating with iodine and it is drying up nicely. I think the piglets are still drinking from it which makes me cringe but will keep it clean.

So there is always something!

I hope you have a good day.

Love celi

Weather Forecast: more rain. 

Tuesday 05/23 70% / 0.23 in
Rain and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 69F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Tuesday Night 05/23 60% / 0.39 in
Showers and thundershowers during the evening will give way to steady rain overnight. Low 52F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.


26 Comments on “The Kitchens Garden has…

  1. Ow ow ow! Poor Poppy, poor Piglet. Both must be hideously painful. Fingers crossed they both heal up without trouble.

  2. Poor things – I hope both heal well and the little pig is OK. No doubt Nanny Boo will help 🙂

  3. Poor Poppy and baby. Life is tough on the farm sometimes but you are such a wonderful caregiver to all your creatures. Love the pics today!

  4. Looking at the wonderful flower colours I almost missed those beautifully growing vegetables! Hope both will help with getting some the mojo back . . . . actually Poppy’s babies keeping at the torn teat may make it heal faster: saliva is good! But both Mom and bub must hurt . . . and I wish it was going to stay dry . . . .

  5. Since the piglet is so young it may heal up pretty fast hopefully…. Best luck with both of them : )

  6. Good luck with the two injured animals … perhaps you need a week off from all that rain. It is vital but too many days in a row gets me down too. Laura

  7. Tim always removed the four on each side of ‘milk teeth or black teeth’ when babies were first born. Guess they are pretty darn sharp. If it was a small litter he would not bother but did find the other piglets faces would get scratched up. But then again you probably know all this! Too bad about the wee hoof. Hope he does ok.

  8. Gorgeous photos of everything. I love the cows too. So sorry to hear about Poppy and piglet. 😦 Hope you days get better.

  9. Well, it seems this spring it’s been one thing after another…. and we all know that if it’s not one thing it will be another. Not easy to catch onto a rhythm when that’s occurring. Is that the meat chicken shelter you’re showing us there? That’s an interesting ‘building’. One thing I don’t recall seeing is your greenhouse, or I think you call it your glass house. I would love to see that. 🙂 Here’s hoping that Poppy and piglet heal up pretty quickly, so you can get on with other things. Hope you have a great day! ~ Mame 🙂

  10. The flowers are just beautiful, my peonies are coming in nicely with big buds, they are not as far along as yours.

  11. If/when you find your rhythm can you please ask it if its seen mine¿
    Love the gardens, especially vegetables & flowers together… food for the body & soul.
    Poor Poppy & piggy… double ouch ♡

  12. Ouch! Poor Poppy and baby. Would a hoof coming off be a bit like a toenail? Will the piglet still be able to walk OK without it?

  13. Your critters sure keep you on your toes and when the plants misbehave, lawzy! It’s mayhem! As all of the other have said, fare thee well baby and momma! May you heal quickly! You too, Ceci! Methinks your heart is still in Milan!

  14. Ouch! Double ouch! The farmy under your care will offer that little one the best chance of healing. You just cannot take your eyes off of them for a minute, can you?
    You have poppies in bloom? and peonies? Sometimes it’s as if we’re in completely different climates. Well, I do have blooms on my tomato plants — but I planted them far too early this year. I half-expected to be replacing them after more than one cold night. Not to worry. The pepper plants are coming along just fine! 🙂

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