New Rose Bush

New Rose Bush

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Picked up 3 piglets from Minter Farm in Floyd last night.  Drove up the mountain as plain ole folk, drove down the mountain as pig farmers.  They are soooo cute.  The mom is Tamworth and pop is Hampshire.  They are a heritage breed from England/Scotland that is used for wonderful meat.  they will forage in the woods and clear land for us which we need desparately.  Diane and Lloyd were wonderful and answered all our questions.  Hope we can do it all right.  Right now we feed them scraps and they forage in the barnyard which is a little overgrown.  As soon as the front pasture is brushhogged we're moving the llamas and sheep up there and the pigs in the back woods.  We'll be moving them around every few weeks so they can get lots cleared for us before butchering in the spring.  Hope it all works out well.

Fall work is still going on.  I'm drying tons of herbs for tea and cooking.  Doing dyeing of wool, making soap and paper and getting the fall and winter garden going.  We have wonderful kale, lettuce, sugar snap peas and swiss chard right now.  I just started digging up sweet potatoes - there is alot!  I have alot of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, turnips, carrots, cilantro,beets and onions planted.  I hope to keep the garden going well into the winter.

We had our hay baled yesterday and was able to get that all picked up and stacked into the barn with the help of Joel and Christine who were home for fall break from Liberty.  Glad to have everyone's help - even Liv's for driving the truck around the field.  I hope 80 bales will be enough.

Blueberry bushes and peach trees will be coming soon to plant.  Can't wait!

Our market is pretty much done I think.  Not many stopping in.  I have alot of orders to fill throughout the week though so income keeps coming which is needed!  Will be planning and starting to get everything ready for the Christmas Market in town in December.  Hope to sell alot of preserves, yarn and greens there.  Will be making boxwood wreaths to sell again also.