Monday, April 9, 2012

New family members

We welcomed 6 new family members today. They are so cute and fluffy. They are just so happy about their new home, I guess wish that A would leave them alone long enough so that they can get some rest. At least they will only have to be in the house for another 3 weeks.  I know it is going to be a long 3 weeks. So soft and cuddly, brown, black, yellow and gray colors so wonderful. So if you are wondering what I am talking about they are 6 baby chicks- 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Amercaunas, and 2 Buff orpingtons. We are building a coop for them outside but until then they will be living in the house with us.


This year I am going back to my roots. I am planting a garden and I WILL keep up with it this year. I have planted so far this year - tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, Kentucky wonder beans, sweet corn, black Dakota popcorn, squash, collards, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, 3 type of cantaloupes and 3 varieties of watermelons. We have planted several trees this year as well- 2 Hood pears, Fuji apple, Granny Smith Apple, Braeburn pear, 1 crab apple, a transcendent  crabapple, a Washington navel, and 2 Dorset apple trees.  

I am using the 3 sisters method to grow some of the corn, beans and squash.  I am waiting until the corn gets  (6 inches tall) large enough to put the beans in the ground. Then I will plant the squash around the corn and beans.  The squash will be used as a natural  weed prevention since it will cover the area under the corn. The beans will use the corn as a  lattice and grow up on it.

For 4 types of the beans I am using the tepee method. The beans are doing well so far. I will need to post pictures soon.  Some things are sprouting nicely and others are not.