Growing Up Agrarian

We are four Christian, homechurched, homeschooled, homesteading, agrarian children growing up in Central Texas on a Ranch. We are Tracy,(15) Jennifer,(10) Robert,(9) and Sarah(5) Bunker. We also have one more brother, Thomas Shepard Bunker, who is in the courts of glory. We like to read books, raise animals, and play on the land. Tracy will be writing about the stuff we do. We hope you enjoy our Adventures!

3.06.2009

Spring is in the air, can ya smell it?

I have been sooooo behind in all my online stuff, sorry, folks. I will try to update more from now on.

Anyway, we have been working on our garden more lately, getting it ready for spring. digging up new beds, and putting Dad's Super Duper Water Retaining Dirt in it. It has Peat Moss, Vermiculite, and Compost mixed to form a light and airy soil that lasts for years. And is supposed to hold more moisture for during the droughts we have pretty frequently around Central Texas. So we have planted various greens, including the all time favorite collard green. We have two large beds of garlic, and one large bed of onions. We also have things that need to be planted, like our berry bushes and grape vines, not to mention our fig trees. So we have been hauling water and dirt back and forth pretty regularly.

We also would like to introduce a few new animals,

Charlotte, the Dorper Sheep ( pregnant )
Wendy, the other Dorper Sheep
Bessie, the Jersey Holstein mix Heifer calf
And Bronx, the Black Hen

Bessie is soo funny, she is such a puppy! She would follow me around everywhere if she could, but I have her tied out most of the time. She licks and licks your hands when you pet her, and I dry milk her alot to get her used to us and she looks at me like, "You're nuts, lady." But she does not kick, or run from anything. you can mess with her tail and back legs and she does not care.
She is such a blessing.

And the sheep, well, they act like sheep. Feed me, and then go away is their philosophy. Stupid sheep. But they are a blessing, too. Can't wait till Charlotte has a little lamb!

Sugar is more goofy than ever. And she is sooo mischevious. She will get into anything, if you don't watch her like a child. But it was so amazing to see her help me round up the pigs back into their pen yesterday. Bitty, the 500 to 600 pound Duroc sow, took off running after her a few times, in protection of her nine piggies. Sugar ran, but turned right back around when the sow got tired, which was after about 7 seconds of full speed running. After we got the pigs back in, Sugar took off running toward a clump of bushes, so I followed her. Bad idea. Next thing I know, a little 25 pound wild hog comes crashing out at me, Sugar hot on it's trail. Sheesh, I never thought going over a five foot fence full speed would be so easy. I knew those pigs were back there, I should have known Sugar would sniff them out. They hang out behind the Duroc's pen. I am not the brightest light in the harbor, sometimes.

But I will update more later, I have chickens to cut up to can, so I have to run.

Tracy Bunker

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, good hurdle Tracy! Ha! Sounds like our mischievious Lab, Chloe! I'd be in trouble if she chased out a wild boar at me! I'm no gymnast anymore at my age! Nice to see you posting again. Your garden efforts sound good so far. Keep them mulched for water retention also!
Good to hear your rabbits are pregnant.

Beth

9:38 AM  

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