We just recieved an email that said that our baby chicks which we ordered will be available on Friday! Apparently, the breeder had a customer cancel their order! Whoo-hooo! It is very neat to watch baby chicks grow! Can’t wait to see whether we get roosters or hens! Hopefully we will get all hens, with potentially one roo.
Just placed an order with a relatively local breeder of Black Copper Maran chickens. Sometime in May we should be getting 4 adorable chickies who will grow up to lay beautiful dark, reddish-chocolate brown eggs. That is, if we get hens.
Black Copper Maran Hen:
Our current flock consists of one Comet Roo, two Comet Hens, four Barred Plymouth Rock hens, four Black Australorp hens, three Auracana hens, and two Rhode Island Red hens.
Speaking to the hubby today, we are considering replacing part of the coop ceiling with plexiglass to allow more light into the coop in the winter months without having to provide artificial light. Hmmm… it would also mean that we would only need to buy culk – not shingles! Also looking into other ways to improve upon our chicken-tending 🙂
Okay… so, last night I checked our bathroom jungle, only to discover that the tomato seedlings were bent over, as if their leaves were inspecting the soil. Uh oh! I feared that my seedlings were “leggy”, and I believe this confirms that worry!
I am going to try to rescue them! Tomatoes are one of the only common garden plants (or so I’ve heard) that will sprout new roots if you bury the stem deeper into the soil. So, this afternoon, I will be repotting them and doing just that, hopefully encouraging them to form sturdier stems!
The nice part about the tomato plants is that they are starting to get their true leaves! Yay!
No luck with the pepper plants, however.
Also – check out these awesome heirloom, organic seed companies! How fun!
We shall see how this progresses. Or not…
All of the flower seedlings that were started seem to be doing well, and the stems seem very strong. I hope to find time in the next few days to start the colorful variety of Zinnias that I picked up – I’ve heard that those, like the Marigolds, help deter unwanted garden pests from destroying crops.
Most of the tomatoes seem to be holding their own, except the Peacevine Cherry tomatoes. The baby leaf tips seem to be drying. Any ideas? I’m doing some research and see that it is likely due to too much nutrition in the soil (which is an organic seed starting mix). I hope they stop drying! All of the other plants have a second set of leaves starting to sprout. They are almost microscopic. Hopefully these tomatoes survive long enough for me to transplant them, setting the stem deeper into the soil to allow stronger stems to develop!
The peppers have yet to sprout. I have put them closer to a heat source, to no avail. The seeds that I started are a few years old, actually, so I took a few extras and wrapped them in a moist paper-towel and placed them in a ziplock bag to see if they will sprout. This is a good way to test seeds whose viability you are unsure of.
I already need to transplant the pumpkins to a larger pot. I typically would not have started pumpkins in a pot, and would have opted for direct sowing. These pumpkins are a large (300+ lb fruits) variety and I wanted to give them a maximum growing season. We will see how that idea turns out!
We had a fabulous day today. It started with lessons with Dorothy Mueller (www.ironwoodfarmequestrian.com), everyone did exceptionally well! My husband went to church while we were getting our morning work-outs out of the way – he came home and surprised us with fresh baked goods from the local bakery! Mmm…
The seedlings for this year’s garden seem to be doing very well! I am still crossing my fingers, however!
The Marigolds are a special attempt to beautifully and organically deter pests from entering and/or devouring the garden!
The little horses thoroughly enjoyed their romp in the roundpen this morning and afternoon. They were both fired up. I hope to find time this summer to get Lucy started under harness… and one day start driving her!
Here is how we get to start our days…
Today was a full day with Linda’s lesson students here. She does such a great job with all of the kids! Mollie, a beautiful little girl who is part of Horse for Hope’s program, www.horsesforhope.com, and her equally beautiful and horse-crazy friend Audrey, spent some additional time playing with the goats, ducks and chickens this afternoon! What fun we had! What a blessing, to be able to share “farm life” with such fantastic company!