Mothers’ Day and Gardens Starting

5/9:  Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.  It’s a beautiful day (finally) here at the backyard farm.  The garden is looking great – new seeds sprouting, greens ready to harvest for soups, pastas and salads. The compost and rain barrel are both full and ready to use.  Joe put the fresh compost into the new potato…

Starter Chicks and Rhubarb

5/2:  Well, we lost a second chick last night.  I looks like some kind of failure to thrive.  They just seem to settle down for a nap and not want to get up.  Very sad.  The other chick are starting to get their feathers and getting bigger everyday. I’m going to take the “surround” off…

April Garden

4/18: The chickens have been busy today. We have a lovely batch of fresh eggs – one of them looks like a goose egg.  Next weekend we need to set up a brooder in the garage for the new chicks.  We are going to try our hand at raising meat chickens.  Last time we tried,…

Starting Seeds

02/28:  The last day of February and the forecast is terrific – at least for a couple of days then the rain starts again.  I’ve been a bit under the weather with a fever so I finally got a chance to get out and take a look around this morning.  The rhubarb is starting to…

More Spring Gardening

2/21:  Wow it was chilly this morning.  I woke up to frost and 25 degrees.  This might not seem unusual to most people, but this has been one of the warmest winters on record and it was 60 degrees on Saturday. I made some mini greenhouses this afternoon out of some 1 and 2 litre…

Early Spring Gardening

2/7 – I put in two squares of spinach and two squares of carrots in the bed outside the kitchen.  First I used string to divide the bed into 28 1’x1′ squares.  I put a few spinach (Olympic Hybrid) in the center of each of two squares.  I subdivided the carrot (Danvers half-long) squares into…