It Begins


Within in a few hours of my publishing yesterday’s post, our goat Sharona delivered triplets.



Twelve hours later

They’re a fine looking trio–two males and a female.



On another subject, the spring gardens are all in now. For some reason I do not understand, our English peas were a fail. We’ve always planted an entire garden of them in the past, but they’re so labor-intensive that this year we reduced it to just one row, for ourselves. Strangely, even though we had excellent germination with all the rest of our direct-seeded veggies, even the ones that are notoriously difficult, the peas (usually the easiest thing to grow in the spring) didn’t come up. Must have been bad seed. In any event, I replanted the row yesterday in broccoli.

Even as we’re watching the spring plantings mature, we’re starting to prep the summer gardens, which will planted in early May.

Lately we’ve been enjoying asparagus fresh from the garden.


It’s a great time of year.


24 comments on “It Begins

  1. shoreacres says:

    Oh, my gosh! I swear she has an “I wasn’t exactly expecting this” look on her face. How common are triplets? I think I remember you having triplets around at least once before, but I’m not sure.

    I swear baby goats are the cutest babies on the farm. Granted, there are calves and colts that rank right up there, but the looks on their faces is so appealing.


    • Bill says:

      Sharona is the star mama of our herd. She’s had five sets of triplets in a row now. πŸ™‚

      Twins are the norm. Singles and triplets are less common, but not terribly unusual. With triplets there is an increased chance of one being undersized or unhealthy. Sharona has a knack for producing healthy triplets. πŸ™‚

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  2. So happy for Sharona.. Now we see why she was carrying such milk too πŸ™‚ Triplets.. Fabulous..
    On your Peas.. we had a similar occurrence the other year.. Peas failing to germinate.. This year we have misses along the row which we will fill in with more peas. And another row later on so they don’t come all at once.. :-)..
    Sounds like you are well on top of things.. We are now nearly all done bar the shouting as they say πŸ™‚ xxx
    Happy Easter Bill to you and your family.. πŸ™‚


    • Bill says:

      I usually just fill in the missing ones, but this time the entire row failed to come up. So we’re just going to have to do without peas this year.

      It was Dolly who had the overgrown udder. Luckily she had twins this afternoon and they’re working on bringing it down. πŸ™‚

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  3. What sweet kids. Promise me you’ll never make curried goat (or ‘curry goat’, as Jamaicans call it).


  4. barnraised says:

    Congrats and, of course, SO CUTE!


    • Bill says:

      Four more born today, giving us seven over the last 24 hours. Many more on the way. πŸ™‚

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      • barnraised says:

        Ok, we are breeding next year as our goats are 1 year now and we just learned 4H rules for showingredients at expo require kids “freshening” their kids by 2 years. A term I just learned☺ Going to be reading for advice!


  5. Woohoo! A definition for cute… πŸ™‚ Curt


  6. Aren’t those babies just the sweetest things!

    And odd about the peas. Sorry about that one–I’m sure they’ll be missed!

    And you, sir, are an Asparagus tease. I’d give my first born for some right now. πŸ˜‰


  7. Joanna says:

    Congratulations. What a start to the kidding season.

    Your peas haven’t been eaten have they? That’s what often happens when peas and beans don’t appear around here. The wee blighters made off with our garlic last year 😦


  8. Phuong says:

    Such cute little faces. Sounds like you are getting a lot done in the garden. I can’t wait to start planting.


    • Bill says:

      We have everything planted now and it’s all looking good. Except for the peas, for some strange reason. We are having problems with flea beetles earlier than normal, but otherwise so far so good.


      • Phuong says:

        Do you think the birds might be getting your peas? They were forever getting my corn and bean seeds. Floating row covers really helped, that and I stopped planting corn.

        Flea beetles are such a menace. I used a beneficial nematode wash last spring and this year have yet to see any flea beetles. They’re microscopic in size and proliferate in the soil, and they’re supposed to eat the larva of developing flea beetles which feed on the roots of plants.


  9. Congrats on the triplets!

    I guess we just have summer gardens here, it’s always too wet and cold to plant anything outside the high tunnel until May. Such a difference in climate!


    • Bill says:

      We have 3 full growing seasons here, without a high tunnel (sometimes four). Blogging and getting to know gardeners from around the country (and world) has helped me appreciate that more. I’ve just come in from seeing 2 more newborns, which brings us to nine over the last 3 days.


  10. hilarymb says:

    Hi Bill – brilliant time of year … and those triplets are a delight to see … I wrote about a goat under K – he’s special … but you’ve got lots going on … and then those asparagus spears – too delicious to look at … cheers Hilary

    Here he is:


    • Bill says:

      It is indeed a wonderful time of year. I’ve just come in from seeing after our latest kids to be born. That’s three sets of twins to go along with the triplets. πŸ™‚


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