Today has been a glorious day – and it’s only noon! We’ve still got plenty of this amazing day left ahead of us!
Early this morning, while the dew was still hanging like diamonds from the leaves, we ventured into the garden to do some weeding. Look what we found!
Cucumbers! Lots and lots of cucumbers!
Nice, big, succulent cucumbers!
We couldn’t resist chomping into a few. Mmmm… there’s nothing better than food fresh off the plant. The taste is unbeatable!
While we were weeding, we found something else in the garden – something we’d rather not have found.
Cabbage moth caterpillars, all over our Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and kholi rabi plants. Argh! Luckily, my children found great fun in plucking the caterpillars off of our plants, and happily spent over half an hour carefully examining each leaf on every plant, and dropping the caterpillars into a bucket. By the time they were finished, they had over one hundred cabbage moth caterpillars in their bucket. EWW!
So, what to do with all these garden peskies?
Feed them to the chickens! Now THAT is natural pest control!
While we were busy plucking cabbage moth caterpillars off our plants, wee Robin was doing what he loves best -
- hanging with the goats! This child loves, LOVES to be with the goats. They are his favourite creatures, and he will spend hours following them around the yard as they graze. They seem to love him too. Maybe it’s the treats he happily hands over – apple cores, carrot stubs, melon rinds – or maybe they just sense how much he cares for them. Whatever the connection, I’m glad they have it.
As I went about my farm chores this morning, I thought to myself that “chores” is really the wrong word to describe what I’m doing out there. None of it feels like a chore, none of it is work. It’s a daily dose of connection to the Earth, connection to our animals, fresh air, glorious sun. It’s invigorating, uplifting, fulfilling, and all-around enjoyable. The farm work grounds me, calms me, and fills me with purpose. There is no place I’d rather be than out there in the yard taking care of this place.