Solstice update, 2013

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Garlic scapes were cut over the last couple weeks and around 30 of the bulbs were pulled from the ground before last nights rain.  We are currently working on renovations of the attic space to be a media room, library and guest room.  There are several ecovillage minded folks coming in July to help plan the community building aspect of this project.  Goats are still being watched in nomadic fashion as I slowly work out some of the options with the electrical fencing.  Getting good at making yogurt, cheese and caramel with the goat milk.  Blueberry field is looking great after another round of substantial pruning and ongoing elimination of cherry, maple, sassafras and other unwanted foliage in the blueberry zone.  The experiment of wine cap mushrooms planted between the rows in wood chips has been working well.  This may be expanded upon as the mushrooms fruit at different times than the blueberries.  Rabbits are providing occasional food and pelts, hens are laying a couple dozen eggs a day and there is still goat meat in the freezer.  Mustard greens and kale are fairly bountiful and often eaten raw and tomatoes and  potatoes have volunteered in the main garden from last years left behinds.  Most of the nut and fruit trees I planted are looking promising and the existing apple trees (7 and counting) have nice big fruit growing on them.  The pruning we did during the fall and winter seems to have helped! Other plants that appear well at this point: horseradish, beets, cranberries, dill, thyme, arugula, rhubarb, prickly pear, blue dent corn…So, though there has not been much time to cultivate, till and expand the gardens, the manure keeps coming, the soil is building and the variety of crops is expanding!

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