This past weekend was packed with planting trees, planting bushes, moving our turkeys out of their brooder, a surprise birthday party for my Mother-in-Law and Mothers day.
It was a good, good weekend.
Let’s start with the turkeys. We have two white broad breasted turkeys we bought from Meyers Hatchery. We brooded them until they were feathered out (when all of their down turns to feathers).
Yesterday, Chris built a three sided lean-to for their protection out of scrap left on the property by the last owner, and we moved the turkeys outside into the electro-netting. Electro-netting is a flexible fence that can be easily electrified to keep out predators such as raccoons, fox, and coyotes.
Now, if you are a fox, raccoon or coyote, I’d appreciate you stop reading. The details I am about to provide will lead to heartache for me and dinner for you. So as a favor, please stop.
In our move, we seemed to have misplaced our fence energizer.
This means that during the night, the only thing that is standing between predators and our little turkeys is a sheet of old plywood haphazardly placed in front of their three sided coop. We now have sitting ducks, or more correctly, sitting turkeys. Being so small makes them extra vulnerable. ***UPDATE*** while I was writing this post, Chris created a door. Our Turkeys are now safe.
Aside from predator fears (which are now allayed), watching them running around and experience the grass between the clawed toes was so much fun to watch. They are now hanging out in their lean-to.
We are still filling in our food forest landscape with trees. We received another Plum, a Golden Delicious and another paw paw. We planted the paw paw and the Golden Delicious in our backyard orchard, and we added the plum to the front yard orchard. (as we’re keeping track of cost, each tree cost $18.16, but we already accounted for the paw paw, so let’s add another $36.32 (2 x $18.16) to our overall bill.
We decided to put our fruit trees in two concentrated areas. This will allow to care for and harvest a bit easier. We should also be able to fence off and fend of any deer that may think they want our trees or fruits as a nice snack.
My in-laws gifted us with two blueberry bushes. What a fantastic present!! They are large and beautiful. One was a “Blue Crop” and the other is “Patriot “.
We are planting the blueberries on the north and west side of the strawberry patch. This will allow for the strawberries to soak up all the morning sun, but be shielded from the afternoon sun. Both strawberries and blueberries like acidic soil, so these berries are happy to be together.