As usual, I'm putting together a blog post when I have a rare moment of downtime. This one brought to you by the two hour weather delay and the baking bread in the oven that I have to wait to finish up.
I planted a lot of new things this fall- more trees, shrubs, etc. It's all of the edible sort in an effort to gain parent plants that will eventually make up our food forest. I had thought when I ordered them that I would simply put these plants in the designated food forest area but was glad I didn't when I saw that my neighbor's small apple trees were eaten by deer. We have too much invested to have that happen. I have a number of plum, cherry, nectarine seeds that I'll stratify and plant in the spring. We already moved a bunch of wild blackberries into the area where the goats had cleared out space. I thought those had died off but scratching the canes reveals a different story.
There's a little bit of winter pruning to do. I started with the pre-existing trees, still need to do all of the others though.
The baby goat, Dawn, has grown really fast. We plan to breed her as soon as she hits 90lbs. I think that even with her extra teat she could be a good milker, but we have to find out sooner than later since feeding extra goats cost money. As much fun as pet goats sound, around here they need to earn their feed.