Monthly Archives: May 2013

Harvesting greens

Lettuce
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Spinach (it has bolted due to the heat)
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Kale
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I was able to get decent amount of lettuce and spinach for our salad.
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Coop building part 2

Building went well on Monday.

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Front side is 4 feet tall, 4 feet wide

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Backside is 3 feet tall, 4 feet wide

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Sides will slope to make sure water runs off and we plan to put rain barrels to catch rain for water access for the chickens.

And we were so happy with the door on the side for getting the eggs from the nest boxes.

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It’s shaping up.

more on the garden

I planted 6 rows of corn and they are popping up. I decided to get the seedlings out of the sunroom (without hardening them off) and into the garden. Here’s what we did…

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Our little cart is helping get stuff out to the garden area.

Muskmelon and watermelon, we will put up a pallet trestle to support the fruit and keep them off the ground.
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That is the hair my Aunt has been saving from the beauty shop that I picked up while in Florida for the wedding. Thought maybe it would keep the critters out of the garden.

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fun on the farm

Going out to see Brent, Anna and the kids is like going to see family. Family you really really like with really really good food. They have little kids so they know sometimes the wee ones get bored with grown-ups talking and working, so when Madigan and Jack decided they were going to make something. Brent got a couple hammers and a bag of nails. With some help this is what the kids came up with.

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I like being over there, just visiting and buying food, or working on chicken day. It’s comfortable and conversations are easy. I am glad we got to know our farmer!

Coop build part 1

After buying everything we needed, getting it out of the box and put it together we finally got working on the coop.

We agreed on 4 ft by 3 ft…4 ft tall in front sloped to 3 ft in the back.

floor frame
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sides front and back
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After putting some cuts into wood we decided we can do this.

Rain makes corn

We planted sweet corn and some gourdseed corn. Not sure how it’s gonna work out but I know the first step is getting the seeds to grow.

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Coop dreams

Worried about building a coop. We have smart, knowledgable friends who do stuff like this all the time, us…not so much. I can sketch it out, I know what I want, but not sure if I can get that to turn into a viable, reasonable, buildable coop.

What I do know:

It can be redone, fixed or bought if we screw it up.

If we end up with a halfway decent coop, all of our fingers And still married I will consider it a success.

I predict there will be tension, we do things very differently…he’s a lefty.

Have I mentioned, we aren’t “carpentry inclined” … A term I learned when looking at 947,256,209 plans for coops. All but three of those coops required it as a pre-requisit.

My father in law, brother in law and a few friend will be able to help us fine tune any of the rough edges.

what the kale

We have kale, spinach, butter crunch lettuce and mix loose leaf, and swiss chard. There are tomato plants sprouting up all over. This is the soil we brought over from the apartment.

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I am loving the greens coming up in the raised bed in the front yard.