Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thinning Plants

There always comes a time when you need to thin out your plants.

ALWAYS first find the strongest healthest plant in a group and thin those crowding that plant.

There are diffirent way to do this for diffirent plants.

The most common way is to lop off the top of the plant at ground level. This method is used so you do not disturb the roots of the plant you plan to keep which can upset and sometimes kill the plant. This works for most plants but root plants.

For thinning root plants (carrots, turnips, beets, etc) just lightly pull the baby plants out of the ground and toss into the compost.

Thinning is important in all plants.. if you don't thin let's say carrots you will have small short disfigured carrots now let's say you didn't thin your tomato plants... you have 3 plants where one should be resulting in small dissapointing yields and very unhappy plants as their roots are overly crowded

Happy Spring Gardening!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The weathers a changin'

Yesterday the inside of my house was 87 degrees while the outside was prob in the low 90's

The chickens were seeking shade and panting.. I filled there water dish with cold water and ice cubes to help.

The cat didn't want out which is a rare occurence nowadays. And I sat around in light clothes and sweated 80% of the day.

Yikes!

Not just are we mammels suffering I had set out new transplants (tomato, cucumber, and melons) and they all died within 2 days!!

Well to make up for my lost starts I direct seeded all new seeds and watered them in for 2 hours at dusk, and once more today for a hour.

Luckily my chickens have decided the nest box is a good place to lay eggs and I'm getting 2 a day. One from shadow (jeresy giant) and Goldie Hen (Americuana)... Salt and Pepper has not started laying yet but hopefully she will soon!

We also fenced off a section away from the garden for the chickens to stay since I don't want them feasting on my garden like they did this winter!

: )

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

the case of the missing eggs...

Egg day happened... then we had one blueish green egg everyday for 4 days... then they just stopped... we searched the yard.. nothing

I looked up online and read its normal to happen when chickens start laying so I wasn't to worried.. then more days passed.

Then a brown egg showed up must be a diffirent chicken laying...

Then that stopped....

I was so confused then today I was thinking about it and remembered seeing the chickens under the coop...
I told the fiance and he lifted the coop to find 6 green egg and brown egg mixes..

Mystery solved... we will now work to get them laying in there box and block off the under part of the coop..

Also now that planting season is here we will be making a makeshift fence to keep the chickens out of the garden : )