Aug. 26th, 2009

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So, we actually have baby goats, now! One black and tan, and one white, born about an hour ago to our mental-case nanny Buttons. They are moving into the house on Friday, because if we let Buttons raise them they'll end up as crazy and people-shy as she is. So, today I need to sort out blankets and a plastic sheet, and clear the crap out of the front hallway, and find a box for the little bleaters to sleep in. I also need to buy some potting mix and get my tomato seeds in, as well as broad beans, scarlet runner beans, peas, and beetroot. We're trying to decide whether to spray the weed jungle in the vegie garden (difficult because that would require several dry days in a row, which is highly unlikely to happen here for a while), or shut a couple of the goats in there until they've eaten everything. Then we'll need to stake out and dig over garden beds, and get some compost/manure/fertiliser in.  Oh, and I must get seed potatoes! I think a small waxy variety for roasting/boiling and a big floury variety for mashing is the way to go, so perhaps Dutch Creams and Kenebecs? I really like Pink Eyes, though, so maybe a row of them as well...
Also planned for the vegie garden this year are:
Pumpkins
Carrots
Zucchini
Silverbeet
Onions
Garlic
Cauliflower
Broccoli and
Cabbage (red as well as white)

In other garden news, the gooseberries are coming back to life, the fig tree has leaves unfurling, but I remain skeptical about the survival of the blackcurrants. I'll give them a few more weeks to show signs of life, then pull the twigs up and see if I can get some more in. Fruit trees this year = total fail, but there's always next year, isn't there? The herb garden desperately needs weeding, but the weather is utterly wretched today, so it can bloody well wait.

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