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Our Homestead Animal Farm Journal

Friday
Sep192014

Maze Time Again - Preparations Underway

We're almost ready for the 2014 season. Here are some photos of Mark setting up the maze signage. These are the checkpoint and mystery questions that are used in some of the maze games you can participate in at Homestead Animal Farm. (That's Nellie supervising in the last photo.) So mark your calendar! The maze season begins soon. We'll see you at the farm this fall. 

 

Tuesday
Aug272013

Best Corn Ever!

The Corn in the  maze is 8-12+ feet tall and awaiting maze goers. It will be a challenge this year to figure out just where you are in the maze with the tall corn.

To give you an idea of how tall the corn is, for perspective, Mark stands just under seven feet tall!

Sunday
Aug042013

Replanting the Roof

And you think maintaining your lawn is a tough job! Try growing grass on a steep slope twenty feet off the ground. It's tough hefting the lawnmower up there. Just kidding, about the lawnmower, that is. The rest is true. From time to time replanting the famous grass roofs on our animal enclosures becomes necessary. All the old turf must be removed and a new "lawn" planted and covered with a straw mat to hold eveything in place until the new plants take root. Mark had the help of some of our turkeys as he planted the new roof covering. And your job isn't done when the roof is replanted either. You've got to water the roof regularly to make sure the grass gets off to a good start. We took some photos of this year's replanting and share them below. The roof will be ready for goats (our lawnmowers) very soon.

Straw goes down to hold the roof in place until the grass takes root.

We had some helpers.

All planted. Just add water.

If there's no rain...you have to water it yourself. The goat says, "Put the steps back up Mark."