Hey man slow down, slow down

;) - That’s when you see sparks

As promised, a garden update and a freebie!

Garden first, well lets call it the Micro-farm cuz that’s kinda what were trying to do here. The apple trees are bearing up well and we discovered a surprise on the new pear tree, an actual PEAR!

I am so planning on doing this in a few years

The beans are climbing all over the fence, the peas are beginning to flower and the tomatoes are really beginning to take off. Over in the main garden we are almost done with the first bed of radishes, a few more coleslaws and salads and we’ll be ready for a second planting.

We also have a bunch of little berry patches that we hope to consolidate for next year.  Black raspberries, I feel a pie coming on!

The cockerels and pullets have been separated. The male Steves are living in the new “dude-coop” and the lady Steves have moved down with the hens.

We also picked up 5 Leghorn chicks, from Mr. Lipman’s 2nd grade again, whicj brings us to a grand total of 35 chickens. I know, but really, we’re pretty sure that 2 of the leghorns are male so that means that by the end of the summer we’ll be down to 21 hens. Holy shit, did I just say 21 hens?

Who needs eggs? You do, right? Right!

And how do we corral all these chickens? a Liberal use of chicken wire and other fencing which brings me to the freebie!

My hair is kind of a crazy thing to begin with and the summer humidity does terrible things to it. I often wear my hair in a ponytail but sometimes I just want it out of my face. So what’s a girl to do?

Chicken Wire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a simple mesh kerchief that ties at the back neck to help corral your frizzy summer locks (it also doubles as a great neckerchief!)

Grab the PDF of Chicken Wire here or over on <a href="download now“>Ravelry

Toots

Somebody hit me hard, right in my own back yard

;) – I heard you callin’ to my soul

We are in full swing with the Yarden this year. We’re making a serious effort to convert most of the yard to food production over the next few years.

We have added 9 fruit trees.

This is our line of apples at the North side of the property. 5 trees. 2 MacIntosh, 2 Courtland and 1 Red Delicious. My secret hope is to plant seeds from some of these apples and see what kind of awesome, or terrible, new apples we’ve bred. 3 of the trees went in last summer and we just wanted more, it didn’t feel like enough. What is truly lovely is that we will actually have fruit this year! We’ve also got 2 pear trees and 2 cherry trees that we’ll get into the ground in the next week.

To expand the garden we put up a partial fence this year for the climbers. We have cucumbers, peas, pole beans and a couple varieties of pole tomatoes. We’re calling it the “Hipster Garden” because the raised beds are made of old barn wood and we all know that Hipsters LOVE old barn wood. Today Patrick dug out the old hanging racks for his Pez collection and converted them into climbing frames. This man is awesome!

On the chicken front we have 4 laying hens, collectively known as, “the Ladies” and 25 chicks known this year as, “the Steves“. They are 5 weeks old now and we have about 2 more weeks before we separate the males from the females. We have 4 New Hampshire Reds, 5 Buff Orpingtons, 5 Black Australorps, 5 Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes, and 1 Patridge Cochin.

Here are the Ladies doing what they do on hot days, we call it the flop. They dig their way down to cool soil and spread their wings out to cool off.

More garden news and CROCHET soon.

Enjoy this beautiful Spring my chickadees!

Toots

 

 

 

leave your things behind

;) -and then it rises with the fall

Our three hens have spent most of the last 3 months either in their coop of in the small(but big enough for 3) fenced in run. With the beautiful weather we had here in New England this past week we set them free again to roam around the yard and gobble down all the emerging greenness. We expected them to be cautious when we opened the coop to the wide world again. We were wrong.

Rococo, our white hen, makes a beeline for the back of our house each morning. It wasn’t until yesterday the Patrick figured out what she was doing.

As he came around to the back door he saw ‘Coco hop up out of our basement window casing and when he looked down there he saw the hidden nest she had made.

Thankfully our other 2 hens, Bitsy and Hinge, are perfectly happy to lay in the nesting boxes. What do you do with a clutch of hidden eggs? Eat them of course!

Mushroom, spinach, and parmesan scramble with few slices of crusty, fennel seed laced, sour dough bread and some jalepeno ketchup for kicks = the best breakfast I’ve made myself in quite some time. I hope your breakfast today was just as awesome. Tune in tomorrow for our winners!

Toots