TXIKI decided not to go with the herd when I moved the cows on the West Side into the pigs paddock, yesterday. She kept walking to the gate then turning tail and rushing back to the safety of the barn. All day she stayed on the other side, eschewing the fresh new albeit short grass and keeping her own company.
They have not been moved there because there us any good feed over there but because today and across this weekend we will take the tractor into the barn and give it a good clean up.
By Monday there will be another great big pile of compost.
I miss Lady Astor when I work with her slow moving son.
The warmth is taking its time in coming. This morning I am still wrapped in a shawl as I write.
Last night I turned the piglets heat lamp off for good. They have taken to sleeping in their little house away from the extra heat now. So they will not mind. The ducklings still have their own light and the chicks have heat from a heating mat under the floor of their tub and their remaining heating table above. I always thought chicks grew fast until I had ducks!
With the temperatures still so cool I feel that I am getting ahead of the weeds in the asparagus. The stalks themselves are growing but not fast and as yet not plentiful. As soon as I can see where the gaps are I will begin to replant and resow to keep the stand lush. Though planting asparagus is a real investment in the future – it takes years for an asparagus plant to mature. Though if it is well managed it will produce for years. Decades.
The same applies to rhubarb though I do not have the same weed problem.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: We may get a little rain tonight which will be good for the asparagus and the sown fields.
Friday 04/27 10% / 0 in
Sunny to partly cloudy. High near 65F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night 04/27 50% / 0.04 in
Rain showers this evening with clearing overnight. Low 36F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
5:56 AM 7:45 PM
Waxing Gibbous, 93% visible 5:23 PM 5:01 AM