No this is not our Ruby ,the Duroc pig , with her litter! She has a way to go yet. These new born delights are from a friend's Hampshire pig. It is her first litter and all 8 are doing well. The little black headed one we have agreed to take in exchange for a boar piglet from Ruby's litter.
"V" is all a flutter and cannot wait for Ruby to have her litter.
We have had some much needed rain for our garden although some improvements to our plumbing system has allowed us to install some automatic sprinklers in the vegetable garden.
I think all the garden is planted at last, except for some second crop peas and beans. Here is the list of what we have planted:
3 varieties of potatoes ( a red, a white and Yukon Gold) 3 varieties of corn ( 2 varieties of sweet corn and popping corn, my one vice)
several varieties of peppers, hot and sweet, including penis peppers, V's passion in the pepper family
2 varieties of radishes
2 types of beans,
cabbage, red and white
3 varieties of tomatoes
2 varieties of pumpkin. giant and a pie variety
Squash: butternut, zuccini, acorn, hubbard
cucumbers for pickling
a variety of other herbs
I think this is the complete list although our next pass by the store's seed display may see us buying some more seed.
With our short growing season, but our long daylight hours and hot weather, things will grow rapidly from now on. I will be in a battle with weeds (which also love my fertile garden) and Colorado potato beetles, which are after my potato and tomato plants. I am determined to win this battle this year using several methods of control.
Haying has begun. I am helping a friend in exchange for enough hay for the Winter for my few animals. I think food security for the Winter is assured for the people and animals on our farm.