My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Friday, March 13, 2015


I know it's been ages since I've posted, just not enough hours in a day to accomplish everything I want to do! Had a really fun day at my friend Karen's place (in the green shirt). She raises Shetland sheep and had Aimee Leon of Flying Ewe Shearing over to shear them.

I have raised goats but not sheep and learned a lot about sheep and shearing from Aimee today! Some things made me laugh, really you had to be there for the conversations about cysts, pizzles and wether sacks. ;-)

A couple of other families brought their sheep to be shorn and there were a lot of helpers and observers.

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how to trim hooves

trimming a horn
Sometimes a sheep's horns do not grow into the correct spiral but instead grow into their heads. In that case they have to be trimmed every couple of years to prevent them from actually growing into their skulls. A block of wood helps protect their eye and face while cutting.
shearing on the stand

If the sheep are pregnant it's easier on them to sheer them standing up, rather than on their backs on the ground.

Aimee shearing

Aimee shows Isaac how to adjust the clippers

Aimee showed Karen's son Issac how to shear with both the electric clippers and with hand shears.

Aimee demonstrates the handshears

Issac tries the electric shears

Issac shearing while Aimee coaches

Issac tries out the hand shears.
Karen has a lot of other animals besides sheep, different breeds of chickens, some dairy goats, Angora goats, rabbits, a goose and some reptiles. I'll have to post some more pictures for you tomorrow!


  1. Mary, Dad never had sheep until I left the farm and went to find my fame and fortune in the world. He needed some animals to keep the pasture from becoming over run with weeds. He never sheared them himself but hired some one to do it for him. Our animals of choice were cattle and hogs. It looks like you had a great time helping and learning about the process of sheep shearing. Animals are no longer part of my plan and only gardening will fill my future schedule. Wild life are my pets now so they can take care of themselves during my absence.

    Have a great day of rest after sheep shearing.

  2. I grew up on a farm and we raised some sheep. My brother was champion sheep shearer one year! I love the little lambs! Nancy