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Safety in numbers

April 26, 2012

I was surprised how high the collard greens are already – some almost a foot.   Those are the plants from last year, wintered over and protected with the glass windows.   Okra in the long field greenhouse has small leaves and is up several inches.   More ground tilled and ready for planting.  The scapes in the garlic plots are 6 to 8 inches high

 Our grandchildren, ages 5 and 7, visited with me today.   The goats were a big hit.  We fed the adults small carrot pieces, and watched the kids play, well, like ‘kids’.  They jumped up and down on the logs and tin roof sheets as if they were climbing mountains.  Kicking their heels up into the air, they butted the chickens brave enough to enter their domain.  They all gently licked the children’s’ fingers and hands, enjoying the minerals and salty fingers.   Similar to my grandchildren, it is the female kid who has the feisty personality.

Craig told us that he sees lots of footprints from night visitors such as coyote, deer and fox.  So far, the coyote have not bothered the farm animals.  I asked about the pine cones I had seen in the rows of prepared field from my last visit.  They are for the strawberry plants – a new technique to me.

 Alert!  A crow in a nearby tree gave loud calls of alarm while we watched the goats.  All of a sudden, the chickens and sheep started running for the safety of the barn as fast as they could. Craig explained that they are herd animals, and when one starts, the others follow.   This must be an ancient defense mechanism that brings to mind the expression, “Safety in numbers.”

                

April 26, 2012

I was surprised how high the collard greens are already – some almost a foot.   Those are the plants from last year, wintered over and protected with the glass windows.   Okra in the long field greenhouse has small leaves and is up several inches.   More ground tilled and ready for planting.  The scapes in the garlic plots are 6 to 8 inches higOur grandchildren, ages 5 and 7, visited with me today.   The goats were a big hit.  We fed the adults small carrot pieces, and watched the kids play, well, like ‘kids’.  They jumped up and down on the logs and tin roof sheets as if they were climbing mountains.  Kicking their heels up into the air, they butted the chickens brave enough to enter their domain.  They all gently licked the children’s’ fingers and hands, enjoying the minerals and salty fingers.   Similar to my grandchildren, it is the female kid who has the feisty personality      Craig told us that he sees lots of footprints from night visitors such as coyote, deer and fox.  So far, the coyote have not bothered the farm animals.  I asked about the pine cones I had seen in the rows of prepared field from my last visit.  They are for the strawberry plants – a new technique to me.     Alert!  A crow in a nearby tree gave loud calls of alarm while we watched the goats.  All of a sudden, the chickens and sheep started running for the safety of the barn as fast as they could. Craig explained that they are herd animals, and when one starts, the others follow.   This must be an ancient defense mechanism that brings to mind the expression, “Safety in numbers.”

               

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