I know I promised a rather large update “soon”. A lot in my life suddenly changed unexpectedly in ways that threatened the farm’s future. Thankfully, with a lot of buckling down and careful planning we have found stability now and will not have to sell off or rehome any animals but plans to expand have been put on hold.
I will be backdating a lot of news from the past few months bit by bit over the coming weeks starting with one tomorrow.
I have been without internet for months so unfortunately have not been able to update this once I had actual updates to offer.
Stay tuned for a really big update once everyone is settled in again.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I got several things for the new farm that I can’t wait to use (but obviously will have to, oh well, even more to look forward to). The doggies got treats and a whole tube of tennis balls to somehow lose and the birds and bunnies got a fresh sack of sunflower seeds. Maybe next year I’ll be able to get proper pictures of the festivities at the farm. 🙂
A lot has been done, the yellow jackets finally all died off after being under glass for a week so I went to dig up their nest and discovered it was a lot bigger than expected….
A loooooooooooooooooooooot bigger than expected.
Here’s some closer detail pictures. In the first one you can still see chunks of comb mixed in with sand, there is still a LOT left still buried. If I sink my shovel in the ground it moves as if it was spongy. One of the queens is in the last picture. I am trying to figure out how to remove the remaining comb as this area needs to be solidified as a building is going right where the nest is and it makes the ground weak. It almost feels bouncy when you walk on it.
In less creepy news.
The last of the garbage has been picked up, which was an additional 4 bags, a full can of paint, and a tire. I plan to take the last of it to the landfill tomorrow, good riddance to (literally) bad rubbish.
As some of you may already be aware, Deer Heart Farm is moving!
The farm is having a fresh start along with the move. It is going to be slow going for a while, but every small step is still a step forward.
Hazards Gotta Go
We discovered an underground nest of yellow jackets very early on. They were not the best neighbors and there were hundreds of them. We tried poison and then covering the hole with a glass tray. Hopefully this will sort them out by the end of the week.
Then Came Garbage
So much trash, it is everywhere. It took me a total of 7 trash bags just to clear up the one pile of garbage (to be fair it was a lot of rusted metal and broken glass which required me to shovel out the dirt too just to be safe).
Before and after, you can’t even tell that disgusting mess was ever there.