My Playhouse, er I mean Greenhouse

I am enjoying my new greenhouse so much. My wonderful husband built it for me. He is wonderful for many reasons, mostly for the fact that he is crazy over me flaws and all. For that , he has my unending devotion. Talk fo the greenhouse and how we wanted it to look had gone on for awhile. Some good friends of ours gave us the old wood. So, the windows and and lumber are all reclaimed. We had a lot of fun working on it together. Once it was up, I began potting out seeds in it. Given the fact that we did not have heat in it yet and I need to pot seeds in January, I put the trays on top of the fridge until they sprouted and grew their first real leaves. Then they moved to the green house. I am so impressed with how well the seedlings are doing. Even with the cool nights, they are growing very well. I do have a kerosene heater now, I will most likely need to use it before spring is over. A late freeze around Easter is quite common around here. Inside that greenhouse is the most stress free spot on the place. There and the barn, both built by Tony.

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Bunnies, Spinach, and Dandelion Greens

Well, Jenny (the rabbit) is better. She still has a runny nose, but she is no longer congested. As a precaution, we are feeding all the rabbits dandelions. We were going to use the tincture, but the thought of all the syringes we would have to fill was overwhelming. Then it occured to me that we could just feed them the fresh stuff and the bunnies would LOVE it. Sierra and I dug some this morning and the bunnies did love it.

I really need to get the tilling finished. It will be time to start planting certain seeds in two weeks. I weeded the spinach patch. This spinach was planted in the fall. It has been rooted up by piglets, burried under 6 inches of snow, and froze. I cannot believe how beautiful it is. I had given it up for dead. Sierra helped me and then we fed the organic greens (weeds) to the chickens.

Busy Day

Today we had to doctor a sick rabbit. It is amazing how fast one can go down. Seirra reported a rabbit with a runny nose this morning. Yesterday, none were sick or acting like they were feeling puny. After I consulted my vet books, I was no more enlightened than I was before. Either it can be the snuffles- no cure for good, infected animals should be put down- a much more serious condition than the name would convey. Pneumonia could be another option or just a simple cold. At any rate, all the illnesses can be brought on by stress on the animal caused by sudden temperature changes. Well, one week we didn’t get above 30′ and one week later the temps were in the 70’s. That could have done it. I gave the doe a concoction of B-12, dandelion tincture, and penicillan. The vet books were no help, so I came up with my own prescription. We shall see how it works. On a happier note, at least for us, we got our beef back from the processor. My freezer is FULL of meat that we raised ourselves. We are very gateful to Porterhouse for his contribution to our family’s well being. Our next steer is happily eating rye grass and drinking his daily bottle. His name is Hershey. He is about 3 months old and will be with us till he is around 12 months old. Until this morning, he was a bull calf. Now, he is a steer. One of the jobs that I have learned to do myself. The first time that I banded a bull calf I didn’t think. I just squatted down and went to put the band on. Savannah was holding him and saved my face. As you might imagine, the calf kicked when I slipped the band on his privates. If Savannah had not been so quick in her reflexes he would have nailed me square in the face. However, I am a quick learner. Now I back the calf up to the stall wall and reach in to do the dirty work. This is one job that Jonathan and Tony have never helped me with…..