Homestead Happenings for February 27th, 2023
Shane got a second wall up this past weekend! One more should go up this coming weekend and he’ll start doing the finishing touches of plywood, insulation, and a window. It’s coming along!
River Rocks Explorers
Thursday morning we awoke to a heavy dusting of snow. Further north they were hammered by snow and icy conditions. Rather glad we don’t live up there!
Shane and I went for a walk to check the trail-cams on Saturday. It was late morning and around 33 degrees after overnight temps in the teens!
Hollow Hills Ranch
Shane’s chickens weren’t super keen on going out into the snow on Thursday morning. It took some coaxing!
On Sunday we got 19 eggs! The most we’ve ever gotten so far!
Hollow Hills Ranch will be participating in a genetic study of the St Croix hair sheep! The kit should arrive later this next week where we will have to pick 5 of our St Croix (1 ram and 4 ewes). Looking for qualities we find outstanding in various animals such as color, size, worm resistance, good udders, great mothers, etc. I know of 3 animals for sure that will get tested, but need to think on the other 2.
In other news – Thursday morning the sheep got to be fed outside since the ground was frozen!
Weaning day is coming up in just over a month! If you want to get on the list for Registered St Croix ewe lambs or Commercial St Croix/Katahdin crossbred ewe lambs, send me a message using the form down below toward the bottom of this page!
To see how our prices pan out for breeding stock:
Food Garden Updates
I WAS going to plant peas and sweet peas on Tuesday but the weather decided to be uncooperative! It was rain, wind and just chilly out, then we had low temps and snow come though later in the week. Decided the peas and sweet peas could wait until March 1st!
I made a page dedicated to gardening in zone 8b for the months of February/March based on our worst-case-scenario last frost date of May 20th:
Feb/March 2023 Planting Guide Zone 8b
I also have an outdoor seed planting guide that includes companion plants as well as plants you shouldn’t plant with your crops:
Zone 8b Outdoor Seed Planting Table
Crystal Caves Wise Woman
First Quarter Moon Guidance
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Crystal Grid for February 2023.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Days Calendar
Feb 27-28th, Mar 1st-6th
Next blog post will be on the Full Moon, March 7th, 2023.
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