Katy’s 4H swine projects have made it home from weigh-in and started the process of getting to know each other.  She has named her pair John and Yoko and her friend, who is keeping her pigs here, named hers Cletus and Templeton.  There are three barrows and a gilt.  We have a Yorkshire, a Blue-butt, Duroc and a Duroc-Berkshire cross.  Katy has the Duroc gilt and the blue-butt barrow.
Cleaning out the feeders from caking up is one of the chores that
Katy dislikes the most with her project.  As the season rolls on the parasites tend to find the pan an ideal place to colonize.  She is getting used to the idea of preventive maintenance.

The garden and greenhouse are in transition.  I’ve planted potatoes, beets, peas and beans in the garden.  I’ve moved starts of broccoli, lettuce and spinach out of the greenhouse.  Our choices for all our other selections this year are on the shelves in seed flats, but there seems to be an unwelcome seed thief visiting in the night.  I think I’ve a mouse or two that is making the rounds in the greenhouse.  

I overwintered the artichokes planning on putting them in the garden this spring, although they seem to really enjoy their present location.  What a enormous waste of space they are!  The garden is tilled and waiting.


  1. Ron said,

    April 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I've never seen artichokes growing before – wow! All is looking great over there.

  2. Robin said,

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    What sort of parasites would that be? I didn't know that parasites liked hanging out in the feeders.

  3. Woody said,

    May 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Robin…Mostly maggots will thrive in the feed if it gets a little wet.

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