Today as I was checking fence lines in the north field I saw two killdeer flitting around the new terraces. Perhaps they have a nest in the dirt bank there. The photo above is one I got of a killdeer wading around the upper pond, probably one of this same pair.
Five litters of piglets have been born recently and more sows look like they’ll pop any day. I ran across ShortNose, a young sow, and her piglets in the north field while checking fence lines after seeing the killdeer. Torn, BigRed and Blackie‘s weaned ones are all out in fields now as well so the the hills are alive with the sounds of piglets.
The kids and I have just about finished planting. In addition to the inner gardens we plant several acres of pumpkins, beets, turnips, squash, sunflowers and broccoli for the pigs in paddocks where the livestock were over wintered. Later in the season as the pastures diminish we’ll open these areas up to the animals. This year we have added to our mix sugar beets, also known as mangles. I’ve read of them being a good source of feed for pigs and sheep. We’re trying several varieties from Seeds of Change and Baker Creek.
Outdoors: 74°F/55°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 73°F/65°F