Thursday, September 17, 2009
Around the farm part deux!
Yesterday we had computer problems. Our computer dude came over tonight to fix it. Spyware of course. Those things are worse than viruses. We have all the these programs to protect the computer and sometimes its just not enough. I told him I hope not to see him for a very, very long time. ;) I'm just happy to be back online. Phew. He said the best place to pick these things up is Facebook. Grrr Facebook!
Dave tilled the garden under yesterday. He loves his tiller. He's like a kid with a favourite toy. We still have the corn to harvest and the pumpkins. The pumpkins are in another garden.
I started going through my herb garden. A few years ago a friend gave me a few iris bulbs. I had no place to plant them so I stuck them in the herb garden. Well fast forward a few years and they have taken over my herb garden and I WANT IT BACK!!!! So I started digging them up. I'm giving some to a friend of mine and the rest I'm moving to a new location. I cannot believe how much they've multiplied! I've only done a third of the garden and I've got 3 times the amount that I started with 3 years ago.
Well Part deux of the tour. Charlotte is mom to all the piglets. She's a registered Berkshire pig. They're a heritage breed and there's only about 120 purebred sows in Canada.
The piglets are growing fast. They now eat the fruit and veggies that Dave puts for Charlotte. They are so cute running all over their yard.
We get alot of our veggies from the grocery stores. It's alot of work but it's better for them, since that's what pigs ate back in the day and not that processed stuff. It also cuts on the feed bill and makes them tastier. So Dave has built shelves in the barn to store all this extra food. It lasts for a while in the winter, but the summer you have to get rid of it quick because it goes bad fast.
The pigs will eat most anything, but some things we need to chop up in our fancy shmacy turnip chopper. Our friend sold it to us for 50$. It was in bad shape but another friend of ours fixed it for nothing. Nice friends!!! These are usually sold for around 250$ as antiques in worse condition than ours was. We usually have to chop up any hard root vegetable. Potatoes HAVE to be cooked. We couldn't figure out why they wouldn't eat the taters. The vet said it's because they cannot digest the starch. So we have to cook those. Usually if Dave has to cook the taters he also cooks the turnips also since they like it cooked better. Fussy pigs!
Well I hope that you liked this little tour.
Have a Blessed Day.