market-farming Goats and Trees
dorigreen00 at hotmail.com
Wed May 2 06:27:05 EDT 2001
Well, the first 250 trees died on their own and because it was our first
foray into baby trees.
It has taken me five years to figure out the basics of keeping goats where I
want them and away from where I don't. They did indeed eat and knock over
every single one of the nectarine and apple planting, the very year that one
of the nectarines actually set one lovely piece of fruit.
I watched that thing ripen, and waited, and thanked the devas, and watched,
and waited. And got home from work one day to see a scene of total
devastation, my one nectarine lying on the ground untouched.
So I ate my $1000 piece of fruit and it was good.
This morning I am putting steel tent stakes into the woven wire fencing and
the current jailbreak exercises will stop, and I can plant the garden. I
had been putting it off for the arrival of a new apprentice short-term, who
was supposed to be here on Saturday, called on Saturday to say he'd be on
the Monday bus, called on Sunday to say he hadn't made a connection and
would be on a later bus, would call as soon as he knew exactly when.
Haven't heard from him since then (it's now Wednesday) and he's in very
great danger of finding his invitation rescinded if and when he does bother
to deal out the courtesy of a @(^@%^% phone call.
I put up with such behavior from goats. They're only goats. From people I
expect -- no, demand -- better. And the more I see of people, the better I
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