More Gardening with Goats

Research has taught me which foods are cancer-friendly so the family will be eating those foods more frequently. We’re a busy family so everyone needs to eat the same thing as everyone else. Or else fix it yourself. 🙂  I”ll also be using Dr. Andrew Weil’s cookbook The Healthy Kitchen. His philosophy fits within my thinking.

I might drink a bit of wine ever once in a while. But no more several glasses of wine a night. (Darn, I enjoy my wine.) I can live with out it. (This is no longer a pun). Although I do miss my wine; giving up coffee was easy. My stay in the hospital was long enough for me to lose my taste for it. Guess more good things came from that hospital visit. Husband Bob poked fun at my coffee by calling it ‘Chester coffee.’ It might have been strong but it had flavor. Sigh … .

Our son, Don, and I put up the garden fence today. It’s taken several, several months to get the garden going again. I’m pretty strong but some things require more muscle than I can muster. Don’s being here is a gift. Thank you.

Next we need to remove all the weeds, finish building the raised beds, then fill them with quality soil. The basic layout of the raised garden beds was set up last year but summer came before I finished it. It just got too hot to work outside. I’m all for working outdoors but not in July, August, or September. You could easily call me a fair-weather gardener. With this trait in mind, it will be interesting to see how long the gardening lasts. I digress … .But then again, I’ve never had cancer before nor needed/required the freshest and healthiest produce available. Not that I’ve considered grocery store produce unhealthy but this time I know which chemicals, or not, have been applied by our food.

With over a year’s growth of weeds, this is a job for the professionals: our goats. Two of my boys were put in the garden area this afternoon but all they wanted to do was get back with their buddies. Tomorrow I’ll put two ladies in there. The pregnant does will be hungrier than the boys. But who ever goes in the garden must be an easier catcher … just in case the fence doesn’t hold. It isn’t electrified yet.

While the fence seems secure, one of us needs to observe them at all times. Goats have no defense against predictors so if a stray dog wonders on our property, we’d lose the goats. Not pretty. Not happy. And NO, they will not be sleeping in the garden area at night. They’re be secure in their barn..

I took a few pictures of the garden area, complete with fence and goats. Be on the lookout for the pictures. I’m excited about gardening with my goats. This will be fun.

With all these goats and one horse, we’ll have plenty of microbial material to fertilize the beds. I can hardly wait to get the beds finished.

More later … .

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