Posted by: LittleDragonFarm | April 1, 2013

Spring sprung and winter kicked back….

After some beautiful spring weather winter returned with a vengeance wrecking havoc with a few of my greenhouse plants that are less cold tolerant than others so a bit of replanting is on the horizon for this month.  Hopefully no more snow. Snow in East  Tennessee for Easter. Really.

Anyhow- even thru that stuff we have been busy and ducks are now teenagers including the back chatter and attitude.

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They are now outside and are about 2 pounds each- they sleep inside the bunny barn at night because it is so warm.

I also was able to take some of the leftover PVC pipe that is always lying around and put it to good use so here is my latest garden art addition:

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I used this idea before in my other gardens and it has worked quite well because they are stored next to the garden this way and what isn’t needed on a daily basis goes in the shed.  Right now we are using everything.  In the last week and a half we have planted 100 strawberry plants, 32 asparagus plants, broccoli  cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, quince, elderberry, plum, roses and the list goes on.  Once the big garden is plowed (3 acres) we will be planting lots more.

We also started the building of the outbuildings because it has been too wet to move the house parts onto the farm to the home site. I don’t really want a tractor-trailer type vehicle stuck up to its axles in my yard! So the first part of the smithy went up the other day and then it started to rain so that will get finished end of the week or beginning of next, garden shed gets finished today and then the stable starts to go up and a new bunny barn for the rabbits.  Eventually we will add a smokehouse and a greenhouse but neither of those are needed until the end of the summer so they can wait a bit until we have all the materials we need for them.  The style of building we are using is pallet building mostly because it’s very stable and can also be built rapidly and inexpensively.  You still need to do some framing and to buy screws and the rest of the hardware but pallets are free or cheap and plentiful.  As soon as I can get pictures I will upload them.

Current plans are: pallet buildings: shed, stable, smithy, duck house, pig pen and a new bunny barn.  Plant another 100 strawberry plants, 32 more asparagus, root veggies like beets, carrots radishes and other cool weather veggies while the warm weather veggies stay in the greenhouse a little longer.  Various flower gardens and herb gardens and small fruit areas are being thought of and planted as well.

Now to make sure everything grows well so we can at least feed the families and sell the extra…. so now to look for farmers liability insurance. I guess a trip to the farm bureau is in order.

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  1. The way our job prospects are looking, we might be down on the farm just in time to start goat-milking season!

    I know you have rabbits for fur. Do you intend to spin yarn from them and/or goats or (future) sheep to sell? People want crazy amounts of money for novelty yarns, and the more uneven and poorly-spun, the better they like it.

    • if we ever get them to the point the fur is decent quality as they get stressed really easily and start shedding like crazy and this gets trampled into whatever is in their hutches. Plus we lost 2 of the Angoras in that last flood and I have not replaced them yet but will after the summer is over.

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