Sharing Betty’s Picture –

I hope all of you are safe and sound after the storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic area over the weekend.

Surprisingly and wonderfully, we did not lose power! Thus, I was able to enjoy receiving emails from TMG friends and readers during the storm.

In Tennessee, Betty of Persimmon Ridge Honey Farm received about 4 inches of snow and sent me the most wonderful picture taken after the storm. I immediately asked her if I could share it with all of you!

The picture is striking at first glance, but more wonderful if you examine it closer.

Betty's goats - Persimmon Ridge Honey Farm

Betty’s goats and hens – Persimmon Ridge Honey Farm









Look at the two hens walking with the goats in the snow!

Betty writes:
I do have a chicken house but those particular hens have moved in with the goats and follow them around.

It’s good for parasite control as they pick through the goat poo! These are myotonic goats. They are on the smaller side and are a very docile breed–even the bucks are docile.”

She keeps them for brush control and enjoyment mostly, but sells the extra goats.

If you want some great and enjoyable reading, or just want to know more about Betty’s goats, visit her website where she writes about goats and bee keeping.


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  • Great photo!! My spoiled hens preferred to stay inside during the snow (which happily is all gone) – they just stood at the open door and looked out. Maybe I need some goats to break a path for them, because the dogs could not care less.

  • Hello everyone….

    What a wonderful picture! I love it! Did not see the chickens at first glance! Thank you so much for posting it. We did OK with the storm here in Stafford, Virginia. The wind actually was an asset as it was strong enough to blow half the snow off of my roof but not strong enough to damage, at least not at my house. Plus all the melting has been wonderful. Hope everyone is safe and well!


    Stafford, Virginia

  • Theresa, so good to know you didn’t lose power. I was praying! And Betty, I am in the Clarksville area. We got about 8 inches, depending on where one measured! It was fun for a while!

  • Theresa,
    It is a gorgeous picture. Since you made a post is it a good idea to start carrots indoors or direct sow them. I am starting some cold weather seeds indoors and wondered about carrots.

    FYI I planted my garlic the third week of October and it appears that they will get winter kill again. They grew too tall b 4 they went dormant. I have a back up plan this year. I put some garlic bulbs in the fridge and will replant as soon as the ground allows me to.

  • Farming Bear–myotonics are meat goats but I have a small registered herd, so most extras are sold to other breeders. The hens lay eggs!

  • Wonderful article, delightful photograph. I clicked on Betty’s link and COMPLETELY got lost in all of her wonderful writings. Thank you both.

  • I just saw the link. On my browser, the article followed to the right and there was one sentence left at the bottom. I’m sorry I missed it b/c I am enjoying Betty’s site! πŸ™‚

  • Kate, I knew you’d love this picture!

    Don, so glad you enjoyed the photo. And yes, the melting is the best part! Thanks for joining in. Good to hear from you.

    Pat, thanks for your prayers. It really was wonderful not losing power. Interesting that you received 8 inches and Betty received 4.

    Hey Alice. And you are welcome! I love making you smile whenever I can.

    Steve, I couldn’t find the exact places to link to but this has been discussed on TMG several times. One usually thinks of carrots as being direct sown in the garden. However, there are gardeners who have started them in containers, transplanted to the garden, and had wonderful success. I believe it was Farming Bear who told me about this long months ago. She had absolutely beautiful carrots as a result of this. Why not try some inside and sow some outside.

    It’s a bit early to give up on your garlic, Steve. If you mulched your garlic well, I doubt they are dead. They might not be quite as large as if they had not grown so tall, but I bet they’ll make it. is in Wisconsin and theirs do just find. Just be patient and keep me posted as to what happens.

    Garlic need time to mature properly which is the reason for fall planting, but I’ll be interested in knowing how your spring planting does.

    Hey Judeen. Glad you enjoyed the photo.

    Toni, you said perfectly. Indeed it is easy to get COMPLETELY lost in Betty’s writings!

    Glad you’re enjoying Betty’s site Farming Bear.

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