June has flown by! We picked our first strawberries on the 2d and our patch is still producing a good couple cups full every day, even now…
and I am *so done with strawberry season!* AHHH! We made almost 40 pints of jam and froze bags of them. But I am very ready to move on to blueberries. And then raspberries (my favorite!).
This year gave me the confidence boost I needed with tomatoes; it is the first year that I have been very successful with starting tomatoes from seed. I was formerly the tomatoe seed anti-christ, but something finally clicked! The plants are so healthy and growing like crazy!
This has been a weird season so far, the weather alternating between rainy/chilly and blisteringly hot. It’s been interesting…a few days of great peas/lettuce weather followed by a few days of great tomatoes/squash weather! I have, as always, been a happy contented slave to the garden.
Our piglets came home on the 22d…and promptly ran away! (That lead to an exciting 27 hours!) So as it turns out, the first rule of pigdom is: piglets need to be trained to respect an electric fence – it is not a one-time-hit-fence-and-learn deal!
We did not know this, and being our containment plan has evolved and mutated on a weekly basis, we faced a steep learning curve awful quickly! We knew people whose same-age piglets happily romp around a 3 or 4 wire electric fence area, so we decided while waiting for our movable pig wire netting fence to arrive, we’d have the pigs temporarily in just such a situation: 4 wire electric. We put them in, they sniffed around for a second…and then promptly ran right through it!
My husband and I ran around the woods in the pouring rain for almost 4 hours trying to catch them. At one point, we decided to give up for the night and walked toward the front yard…where who should be strolling up the driveway but our renegade piglets! Try as we might to actually catch them, it wasn’t in the cards that night. The next morning I was on the phone with the farm animal vet as well as the lady we’d purchased them from, looking for ideas. We decided a containment trap was the way to go, but ultimately, we lucked out ~ that night I went out to lock the chickens up in their coop and found 2 passed out piglets fast asleep on the floor of the coop! (Thank goodness!) The next day we quickly erected a 4 sided pigpen made from 16-foot long hog panels and strung the electric wire on the inside so the pigs will train to it! Our pig netting is due to arrive by the end of this week, and then we will begin training them to that (inside the hog panels, you may be sure!).
My husband picked up our turkey poults on the 25th. We keep telling my in laws that we will bring the turkey to the Thanksgiving feast this year, so it was time to get the little poufs together.
They are cute now, but in 4 months they are going to be not so attractive, and huge too!
Also, the next day, we brought home 5 guinea hen keets, to combat our tick population (which is insane this year!). These guys have a reputation for being obnoxious and loud, so they may only stay the season.