Our garden has been yelding a lot of produce this year! Yesterday Indigo harvested more carrots.
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Our garden has been yielding a lot of produce this year! Yesterday Indigo harvested more carrots. We love eating them fresh out of the garden, but there have been too many to eat fresh this year! These will probably get chopped up and frozen so we’ll have veggies over the winter. What do you do with your extra vegetables?

Why We Don’t Like Johnson Grass

Here at Goat Milk Stuff we try very hard to feed our goats the best food available. This is the main reason we grow our own hay. Although many people erroneously believe that goats can (and will) eat almost anything, one thing they shouldn’t eat is Johnson Grass.

If consumed in large quantities, it can kill the goats, but another problem is that it is super-invasive.  It grows rapidly, and can overtake a field quickly, leaving no room for the nutritious grasses that we have in our hayfield. Once established, about the only way to get rid of it is spraying herbicide, which we will not do, so we must be vigilant to harass and distress or remove any unwanted plants before they can become established. We monitor our hay field closely for dangerous weeds, such as Johnson Grass. This spring we didn’t notice anything in the fields, but when it came time for the second cutting, Greyden and Emery found it:

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Yep, Johnson Grass!

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So they went through the fields a couple times a week, removing every piece they found.  They carefully collected all of the tops before they could go to seed.

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So that when it came time to harvest, we had healthy hay for the goats!




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Looks like it’s time to make hay again! The farmer is cutting it today. This makes 2 cuttings this year, which should fill our hay loft. That gives us lots of healthy hay for the goats!

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My silly kittens won’t stop climbing my kiwi vine trellis!! It’s a shame they’re so cute doing it because it’s really making me frustrated with them.

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A few weeks ago, we told you about our new barn cat, John Boy. He has been doing great; everyone on the farm has fallen in love with him.

But then last week, when Kirk & Connie from Oregon stopped in at Goat Milk Stuff, they discovered a stowaway. Coming from their engine was the sound of a kitten crying. After a lot of pushing and pulling (and trying not to get burned by the hot engine), Colter and Jesse removed a young, terrified, black and white kitten from under the hood. (And no, she hadn’t come from Oregon, they had spent the night nearby at a relative’s house).

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She was scared and had a few cuts, and had obviously arrived at her new home – there was no way Brett was letting her go.

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Meet Mary Ellen!

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Mary Ellen spent the first few days hissing at John Boy. But now they’re good friends and the two of them are having loads of fun in the hay loft which is their home base.

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We love our 2 new kittens!

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Does your family have any cats?