Time has gotten away on us in May and June, but we are back at our regular tasks, which includes a weekly blog post. Want to start out with the new additions to Mistik Acres. First being, fifty baby chicks arrived May 15th. They resided in our garage for the first three weeks (in a pen) and since Monday they were moved outside.
The picture below is a movable pen Pat built to house the chickens for the rest of their days with us. They are moved to new grass every day, which they love. As soon as we move them to a new patch of grass they run around and explore. They are all healthy, happy, eating and drinking a lot. It is amazing how fast they grow in a very short period of time. Our grandchildren have really been enjoying the chickens, hand feeding them worms they dig for in the soil.
We have not been able to resource any birds for meat that have been raised, watered and fed the way we wish to have them raised, so we decided it was time to take the matter into our own hands. Along with being raised outside in a pen they can be a bit vulnerable, so they need some extra protection at night.
So, hence our second addition to the farm. Meet Max, a Heinz 57 mix of Maremma and it looks like a Retriever x. The family we acquired him from thought he may be a Golden Lab x. But whatever his ancestry we really lucked out with him. He is a gentle giant, loves kids, and is busy keeping the coyotes out of the yard throughout the night.
The gardens are coming along quite nicely. There are five gardens planted at this time and we have the field garden to transplant into yet. Some of the plantings are already mulched, but with the half inch of rain we received yesterday the gardens that are not mulched will have to be weeded before we can lay the straw. We are taking a few weeks off from attending the Saskatoon Farmers Market this month to stay on top of the planting, weeding, watering and mulching. Below are a few photos of the gardens.
The garlic is looking great.
Sunflower transplants. Keeping them spaced 6" apart, so the heads stay small.
The sweet Williams will be ready within the week.