I've put my soapbox away. Every once in a while the pressure to spew builds up to an uncontrollable level and I have to post some of my thoughts on the state of the world (kind of like the State of the Union address except it is more global and I don't expect the same coverage or audience). Now I'm done for a while (I won't promise it will be a year, but at least a week...)
So, back to what I really do best (or at least what I can write about...) micro-eco-farming.
The grass has really kicked in! That's great for the pastures. It is growing fast enough that I should be moving paddocks every day (I don't have time to do that, but I could, and should.) Yesterday when I put petrol in the truck I also filled a can for the lawn mower, six gallons at 3.51 a gallon. That should mow the lawn and leave a bit for next time. I don't think I can afford to do that every week, especially as prices creep up to $4 plus per gallon. My thought is to just put most of it into the grazing rotation for the goats. They do a pretty good job, and that would save me a lot of money. There is some "social" pressure to mow. The neighbors lawn (our farm butts up against the town line, so we have some suburban neighbors) is kept at 1/2 an inch all the time. They mow every Saturday regardless of the weather. (Our cow got into their yard once last year which caused quite a stir. She didn't eat anything, but she did leave them some nice gifts before I caught her.) Right now our lawn looks like a pasture with pretty flowers and lots of rank grass. It's a dilemma, but I'll not lose much sleep over it.
The green house is doing well. Tomatoes love it, as does the basil and the peppers. Some pictures follow to show off a bit.
Thanks to those who responded to my soapbox crisis.