Archive for January, 2014

Winter gardening and baby goats

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

And now, for a happy blog post about how awesome our winter is going this year.  Our busy season for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is kicking in, but there’s plenty of outdoor things to do. Because of a hard freeze on Jan. 7th, we had to cover the gardens with double layers of remay and harvest anything that we hoped to have in the future. Fingers crossed on how well our plants survived the freeze.

Dragon harvests some winter kale.

Dragon harvests some winter kale.

Luna harvests carrots from our winter garden.

Luna harvests carrots from our winter garden.

On January 6th, we harvested kale, collards, mustard greens, arugula, beets, and carrots (not pictured).

On January 6th, we harvested kale, collards, mustard greens, arugula, beets, and carrots (not pictured).

Our three kiko meat goats are scheduled to kid in January.  Radiator Charlie gave birth on Jan. 3rd, and Sweet Chocolate had her babies on Jan. 5th.  Despite being fat as anything, Grandma Nellie still hasn’t produced any children.  Every morning at milking time, I remind her to work on it, but she doesn’t seem to care.

Only one of our dairy goats is producing milk, but Mamma, our best producer, gives us half a gallon of milk a day.  We’re giving Lark, one of our dairy ladies, a rest because this summer she was sick for several months and still hasn’t gained back all the weight we’d hope. Lottie, Julie’s little favorite, hasn’t put on enough weight yet to breed, but Dancer, Sage, Calypso, and Beans are set to give birth in early spring, with Mamma a little later than the rest.  (We had planned on giving her a break but the buck broke into her pen…)

Lottie, the friendliest of our young goats, comes up to get chin scratches from Dragon.

Lottie, the friendliest of our young goats, comes up to get chin scratches from Dragon.  Lark hangs out in the background.

Radiator Charlie, one of our Kiko meat goats, shows off one of her two identical three-day old kids.

Radiator Charlie, one of our Kiko meat goats, shows off one of her two identical three-day old kids.

Intern Raynebo holds her garlic/ginger/roselle tea while being mobbed by the dairy herd, who hope futilely that she is carrying grain.

Intern Raynebo holds her garlic/ginger/roselle tea while being mobbed by the dairy herd, who hope futilely that she is carrying grain.  Goats from closest front to furthest back:  Dancer, Sage, Calypso, Lottie (almost hidden by Raynebo) and Lark.

Horus the black lab waits patiently at the edge of the goat fence.

Horus the black lab waits patiently at the edge of the goat fence.

Rejoice shows off Sweet Chocolate and Mr. Buckles' day-old baby.

Rejoice shows off Sweet Chocolate and Mr. Buckles’ day-old baby.

One day old, Sweet Chocolate's babies are already up, running around, and nursing well.

One day old, Sweet Chocolate’s babies are already up, running around, and nursing well.

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