The weekend went by so quick that I still feel like I'm missing something. I started out Saturday helping Pastor Brent with the Sow Good garden that he has started this year at the Senoia Vineyard Community Church. Pastor Brent is on the cusp of something great at his church and God has definitely got big plans for this.
I went back to the farm around lunch and started on the sweet potato rows. We received our transplants on Friday and we were anxious to get them in the ground. This requires taking more compost over to the other side of the farm in a wheelbarrow some 350 ft away. Needless to say, you really don't need to work out after you’re finished. After lining the rows up with compost, I tilled it in and Nicole and I ran the irrigation and dropped in the sweet potatoes.
Next, up to the chickens we went to move the Eggstream. I love moving the Chickens to fresh pasture. You can just see their excitement when they have new plants and insects to devour. Moving the Eggstream is just a small part of the process while we are there. It takes much longer now because they drink more water and eat more food.
While we are in the paddock, Maddux always needs to have a fresh bowl of water and enough food to last until the afternoon. Right now, poor Maddux has his food stolen from him by the ducks. They will wait until he is laying in the shade and gorge as much dog food as they can before he notices. This may not end well for the ducks as Maddux is usually not happy when he sees them in his dog house and will chase them away.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking for another solution for the ducks. Right now, they are with the chickens, in poultry netting, and sleep under the Eggstream at night. The problem is, when the ducks start laying, we will have one heck of a time collecting the eggs. Plus, I think it will be extremely tempting for Maddux to see eggs on the ground and not want to eat them. That boy loves eggs.
We will build something that allows the ducks to be ducks and still make it easy for us to collect the eggs. I want to build something that is easy to move but secure enough to stop predators. I am certainly open for suggestions if you have any.