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June 18, 2014

What a great day. It’s gonna be another scorcher though. It’s really hard to get garden work done when it is so hot, but things gotta be done right? Yesterday, Hubby and I stacked up several more tomato plants, they are getting huge already and we have tons of green maters just waiting to turn red,or yellow. I also potted up about a dozen to sit around the yard and on the porch. I planted another dozen or so the other day in the garden. I also pulled all the broccoli out,it was starting to send up flower shoots, go make room later for more cabbage and lettuce, for a fall crop. My peas and squash plants are also taking off like crazy. I figure I am going to have quite and few things to sell in a few weeks. I am going to church camp next week as a counselor, and I am hoping things will be ready to go by the time I get back. It’s going to be hard leaving for camp this year. With the chickens and this huge garden, I just hope the boys and Nick can keep up with everything that needs to be done. Silly me wasn’t thinking and I have about 20 eggs that are supposed to hatch on Monday. Yep the day I leave. Duhh….. I am going to have to teach the boys and Nick what to do with the new chicks (if any hatch) and stuff. I’m just going to have to trust them. The boys are actually on a mission trip till Thursday, so all the teaching will have to be done over the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed all goes well.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5

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The Silky Chicken

(new coop Nick built for the silkies)

May 9, 2014

Well it has started out to be a soggy morning here. I won’t complain about the rain though, it really helps my garden, and with a 74′ X 55′ garden I can use all the help I can get. I had to use the hose the other day to miracle grow everything and that is a pain. So the rain helps a lot. I got all 70 of my tomato plants mulched last night so hopefully that helps cut back on the weeds. We have our rows far enough apart that we can get our tiller in between so that should make keeping the isles cleaner easier. Last year the weeds almost took over my tomatoes and I don’t want that to happen again. I have found that gardening is like taking classes, you learn something every year that will help you with the next. Last year we did a raised bed garden and it worked out great, but this year we doubled the size and didn’t want to loose the room that you do with the raised beds. So we did a row garden. I started almost all of my plants from seeds myself in the house and everything looks great so far. We actually ran out of room. I think I over did it with the tomatoes, but I can just make that much more homemade salsa and pasta sauce. And who doesn’t love fresh sliced tomatoes all summer long.

With the warm weather these last few days it has got me thinking about getting the pool open soon. Man that is going to take a lot of work. But it will be worth it. Over the last year or so I have found myself just wanting to be outside more and more. Just gotta get rid of the nasty, pesky bugs.

I took a bunch of pics of my chickens last night. I was trying to figure out what kind of chicken Grason’s Cinder was. I bought her at Orshlen”s and she was in a pen marked “panfry”, I’m thinking that just means they don’t know what she is, but anyway it turns out she is more than likely a Ameraucana or Easter Egger, which is great because she will lay the blue/green eggs and she has turned out to be a beautiful bird. I also found out that the eggs that I have been saving from Miss Scarlett are more than likely fertile. Yippy 🙂 I am going to be setting them this weekend. Here’s crossing my fingers that everything goes okay. I will definatley be checking in with my favorite website Backyardchicken.com daily to get help and advise. Everyone on there is so friendly and helpful. That is how I found out what Cinder was. And you can find out so much more it’s really a great place for chicken lovers.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the  land and enjoy safe pasture. Psalm 37:3

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This is Cinder