My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday 1/16/2020

Eggs from Jan 17, 2019

Yesterday’s eggs. Rainbow eggs never get old. 

Giotto looking out his new door. 

Hello girls. 

The stove needs cleaning and the ash bucket is too full so I ran the magnet over the ashes before sprinkling some on the compost pile. Don’t add too much or it will raise the pH too much. 

It was a grey drizzly day. Mostly I hung out with YouTube. I really needed to clean out the car and get ready for a poultry show this weekend but so much for that....

Today I am appreciating that this year we celebrated my son returning home, instead of saying good bye. I’m also appreciating that we are getting rain and not snow. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A big Hole in the Wall! 1/15/2020

Thank you Clyde for the help today! First cut a big hole in the wall. Then fill in where needed to get the right size. 

A trip to the hardware store for longer screws

Yep. It’s in backwards!  On purpose!  The flap side is “supposed” to go on the inside. However that would mean the rain could get inside the wall really easy. So we decided it would be better for the flap to be to the outside. Some kinds of dog doors have the flap centered in the wall. 

How it looks outside. I bribed Giotto in and out a couple times with some jerky, just to make sure he knew it was for him. He’s still scratching at the door but if prompt him to his door he used it. 

The cats are a different story. If I hold the flap open they’ll go through but they don’t want to push hard enough to open it themselves.  But I’m sooo happy! Another big thing off the list. 

Today’s eggs. Production is picking up and the new colors are nice. 

Once again I’m appreciating kind and generous friends. I’m also appreciating getting another project off the list. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Catch Up Post

Saturday morning it froze hard.  

I hurried to do chores and haul feed. Then drove to the valley. My son returned from his 3rd deployment and all of his unit also returned home safely. What a blessing. Afterward we had pizza at his house and visited. Then just as I was almost home I got a call from a distraught friend and went to give what aid and comfort I could.  Made for a late night but I didn’t have to work on Sunday so that was just fine. 

A couple more new layers. 

I started working on cutting the hole for the doggie door but need to wait for some help. Going to have to take out one of those 2x4s to make it wide enough. 

So I cut up some trash wood to burn. Some was really wet from the rain so I set it out in the sun to dry out. I’ll bring it in the house before it rains again. 

While I had the saw out I figured I’d better prune up this plum tree. That job has been on my list a couple years now! To give you an idea how low this branches are, the house roof is only about 6’ there. 

That’s better. Should probably take some more down but I’ll wait until next year. I don’t want to take off too much at once. 

A couple of the September hatched girls have started laying little silkie size eggs. 

I swept up the hay barn at the feed store and gave all the girls some alfalfa. 

Cut up some more pallets. Not sure if I’ll need some bits for the doggie door project but just in case carefully cut off some of the nicer boards. 

This morning I’m playing around with making video with an actual camera. Stay tuned to see how it comes out!

I so appreciate and am so blessed my some and his unit are all home, present and accounted for. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Farmer Friday 1/10/2020

We didn’t have a hard freeze last night but there was some ice so I had to wait awhile for things to warm up and thaw out. 

Well that was strange. A dead pack rat under one of the row covers. 

I picked veggies for tonight’s market and pulled out some weeds for the chickens. 

The arugula is doing pretty good here tho some looks like it might be trying to bolt. Time to plant some more. 

“What do you mean I have to get out of the van?”  Giotto knows when I start doing stuff in the van I’m going to leave. 

2nd Friday market in Superior. Afterwards I stopped in at Wild Cow Art Gallery to visit with friends. 

Today I really appreciated the calm quiet day with lots of warm sunshine. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

It’s Like Christmas! 1/9/2020

Yesterday I went to visit my friend in Tucson. As I was leaving the setting sun was lighting up the mountains and the moon was coming out. 

I picked up something I’ve wanted for awhile, a GQF Sportsman incubator.  This one has a glitch with trays leveling but it’s probably something fairly simple to fix. And it was less than half the price of a new one 😁

I stopped at Lowe’s on the way home and picked up some things. 

Today I put down a threshold, added the under the door seal and the draft sweep.  I’m tired of being cold! 

There’s still a little crack at the corner but it’s A LOT better that it was!

Mmmmmm.  I KNOW there is a bottle of Tung oil here some place to seal that threshold..... mmmm I never did find it. 

I went to pick up a few things at the store and stopped at the PO.  There was a big box....

A little box and a soft package. 

The big box was the doggie door I ordered. 

The soft pack was my new book that I’ve been wanting (I still want the Permaculture Designers Manual, hint hint)

The little box was from my oldest daughter. A cute chicken to hang up 😁

A cute keychain 

And a beautiful Raven pendant. 

I gave the girls some more shavings before the rain came. 

When I went to the store I scored a pair of insulated stainless steel cups for just $5 in the clearance section. 

It was sunny part of the day but the wind was cold and nasty. I spent the evening cutting and packing up the lamb for the freezer. I also had a delicious dinner of braised shanks.  Now time for hot tea, a hot shower and a big fire!

I am so appreciating all the blessings that have come my way this week!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Grrrrr! 1/7/2020

While I was outside cutting up the sheep meat the kittens were wreaking havoc in the kitchen.  Believe me I was not a happy camper to walk in and find over a dozen eggs broken on the floor. 

I’ve been feeding them in the kitchen in an attempt to keep Giotto out of the cat food. That isn’t really working out so have to think of something different. 

And here I had a long list of things that need to be done. I erased it because I decided to focus on what I’ve accomplished instead. This past weekend I processed two cull ewes from my friend. I still need to cut them up and put them in the freezer but that’s about 50 pounds of meat in the fridge. I’ve been cutting wood for the stove and have gotten ahead a bit. I’ve cleaned up some in the kitchen and Loki caught a rat, which *almost* makes up for the broken eggs. I’ve been picking up trash around the yard and it’s looking better. I got all the tulip and daffodil bulbs planted. 

Today I’m appreciating how this new year is starting off so well. Many things are coming together nicely and I know more good things are coming. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

My Weekend 1/5/2020

I’m really Liking the chicken art on my new calendar 

I spent Saturday processing two cull ewes from my friend. I was very tired and sore by the time I got them both hung up on the back porch. It will probably take me a couple of days to get them cut up and into the freezer. In the future I will get them one at a time to make it a little easier. 

Sunday morning breakfast, fresh liver. Dipped in egg and rolled in seasoned flour. Then fried in butter. A little stronger flavored than the lamb livers but still really good. 

First work of the day, fill the wood boxes. The batteries all died so I’ll finish up this afternoon. 

A faint ammonia smell in here so I turned the bedding, sprinkled some charcoal and put down fresh shavings. Then I had a snack and did some kitchen work. Still waiting for the battery to charge for the saw. Oh well at least it’s not going to rain for a few days. 

I planted up the rest of the tulip bulbs. 

This week is supposed to be farirly warm and sunny so I need to get a couple more coats of paint up on this plywood. 

And I need to do something with this wall. I also really need to figure out some gutters for the roof so the walls stay drier.  I have an idea for that but will have to experiment and see if it will work 

Other things on this weeks agenda are planting all my accumulated tree seeds, pruning up some fruit trees, taking dormant cuttings and working on cleaning up out back. Oh and a trip to Tucson to pick up a big incubator 🤗

Today I really appreciated the warm sunshine and just hanging out at home.