Monday, August 30, 2010

Harvest and Storage

Grew black beans this year
for the first time.
One garden bed of black beans
produced exactly one pint jar
of dried beans.

Also froze romas...
canned some previously.

Canned seven quarts of green beans,
harvested honey,
pulled up onions,
cooked a squash casserole.

I want to plant a fall garden,
but it is hard to find the time.

Need to make better priorities.
And maybe build a hoop house....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Free (At Last) Range Chickens

Tonight we got out of the coop and into the yard. We dig the yard. We are Cooper (on the left above, with the brownish tail) and Iris (on the right above, with the pretty white tail).

We walked around like we owned the place.

We ate bugs and grass and goodies.

And Ethel did not eat us.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Flock for Ethel

Meet the pullets...don't know their names yet, but they are Golden Comet chickens, a cross between New Hampshire Reds and White Rock chickens. They are sex-linked chickens, which means roosters are one color and hens are another. In this case, the hens are speckledy golden red with white highlights.

After the sad death of Lucy, Ethel has spent a few lonely days as the only backyard chicken. She seemed interested in what was in the chicken carrier.

But also not sure quite what to think.

For now we'll keep them together but separated while everyone gets used to the idea of everyone else. Hopefully three chickens will be much happier than one.