Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Days Calendar
Homestead Happenings for February 28th – March 7th, 2023
Hollow Hills Ranch
R.I.P. Thomas the Cat
Tommy (on the left back in 2013 with my daughter) went over the rainbow bridge Monday, March 6th, at 13 years old. Poor guy went through a tumor removal 3 years ago, where he became almost a tailless manx. Now, because he was older and without that balance, I think he fell from a loose bale of straw, twisted wrong, and severed the nerve going to his legs and hips. It was always a real possibility he wouldn’t live a long life after that surgery, but he did make it 3 more years. Of course I blame myself for that loose straw bale and causing this to happen. I feel so terrible, but now he’s not suffering anymore.
Snow pics from Feb 28th at feeding time!
So proud of my 12 1/2 year old daughter on Sunday! I had her help me collect the tissue samples for the St Croix genetic testing, even had her do the ear punch on the 2 rams. Next I taught her how to put vaccines in a syringe and do subcutaneous injections on 3 of the sheep that still needed their booster shots. She got to do the ear tagger for the 2 that needed scrapie and flock tags put in (I had to help her a little as it takes some strength to snap those tags together). Then I had her do 2 lambs intramuscular shots of antibiotics for pneumonia while I was trimming hooves on the big ram. She was pretty proud of herself too. Big smile on her face. I treated her to Taco Bell after haha.
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:
More chickens-in-snow pics from Feb 28th this time!
On Wednesday we had a fairly sunny and dry day without wind. It was actually pleasant. I planted 22 year old Sweet Pea seeds (one packet for each porch post). I’ll either have 40 sweet pea plants going up each post or just a handful. We shall see! Later that same day, Morganna and I planted the Little Marvel Bush Peas in a raised bed.
Next planting day will be for beets, leeks and carrots on March 11th or 12th!
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
River Rocks Explorers
Saw our first Buzzard Monday morning! We always seem to have one that comes in ahead of the main migration every year.
Feb 28th had a snowy morning!
March 2nd had some seriously knarly clouds dumping tons of rain if you got caught in them!
Went down to the woods on Saturday to get the Trail-cam SD card, but nothing spectacular jumped out at me. I did make a creek sounds video for March though!
Crystal Caves Wise Woman
Crystal Grid for March 2023.
Full Storm Moon Guidance
Please check out Crystal Caves Wise Woman on Facebook and Instagram for the Full Storm Moon Tarot/Oracle Guidance later today!
Next blog post will be on the Last Quarter Moon, March 14th, 2023.
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