Thursday, July 24, 2014

First Harvest

July 11 - Today I harvested a big bowl of spinach, leaf lettuce and kale, added leftover cooked meat, a bunch of hard cooked eggs, and homemade croutons. I discovered that our salad dressings are soon-to-expire, so we were generous with them - Ranch and French.

It was delicious. :) The garden is growing well.

As a note, out of the potential 40 beds that could fit in our fenced garden area, I have thirteen dug and planted. The three that I planted last year somehow did not get composted or tended to in the spring, and I was busy growing a new baby, so they are over run with "weeds" (clover and yarrow, mostly).

It's going to be good to see how much I'll grow this year. Every year it will get better.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Twenty Six and Counting

I won't count my chickens before they hatch.
I won't count my chickens before they hatch.
I won't ...
But it's so hard.

Farmgal warned me today that the thirteen under the broody *might* not hatch because she's defecated on them. We tried really hard tonight to get her OFF that nest so that she could stretch and do her stuff.

Push *SQUAWK* push *peck* push ... she's off the nest. *ruffles feathers* *turns around* *walks back in and settles down on nest, looking at humans in righteous chicken indignation*

That didn't work. She has food and she has water, neither of which has been touched. The eggs are due to start hatching between July 19 and 21, but Farmgal says to give it a good week more, just in case. I hope she has enough body resources to last.

IF she hatches them out and they all survive, we'll have 45 chickens (plus Nasty Rooster who *still* has not been killed).

The hen house is 8x8' plus an 8x12' sheltered extension, which is good in all but really nasty weather. That's 160 square feet. The ONLY time the chickens are confined to the 8x8' is when the weather is miserably cold, at which time they have no interest in doing anything but huddling together for warmth. That would be pretty crowded for 45 chickens, but I expect there are quite a few cockerels in there who are destined for my pressure canner.

(By the way, it was AWESOME to talk with Farmgal again.)

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