Since the gardening season is over in Central Oregon there is not much going on at my house. The garden is tilled and awaiting the spring. The worms are happy and quickly turning their bin. I have been sewing a lot more lately. It is more like teaching myself to sew with the expertise of some sewing friends. My latest project is going to be a quilt. I will show you it in a couple of years when it is done, LOL. I am still composting. Soon I think I will tarp the compost to help keep it a little warmer during the winter. I don’t know for sure that this works, but I feel like I am doing something productive. I plan on getting some fresh apples and canning them soon.
…and the chickens…
I was told that if you want your chickens to keep laying during the winter you have to put a heat lamp in with them. I kept it in mind but only got it in there about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Through the summer we were getting 3 eggs a day from our 3 lovely ladies. I noticed that before we got the light in there we were only getting maybe 1 egg on a good day. So in went the lamp. It took about a week, but we are up to 2-3 eggs a day.
So… I guess it has been proven. My girls are laying well again and we will be leaving the lamp in until the nights warm up again. Today, that seems like a LONG time.
This is the time of year that we shop more than normal. Lets be sure we are doing our part by taking those reusable bags into the store with us. Sometimes they are easy to forget, but lets try real hard to not contribute to more plastic bags.
I thought I would give everyone an update on my garden as of today. We have been having storms lately (thunder, lightening, wind & rain). I have read that other gardens have been traumatized by them, but somehow mine has come out just fine.
I am currently trying to figure out what additive my plants are needing now. I am having a little trouble with blossom end rot. I noticed it a little on my tomatoes, but mostly with my peppers. About a month ago I dug holes next to each of my tomatoes and placed banana peels in them. I think they really liked that.
The corn is doing well, nothing exciting to report on it yet.
The tomatoes are loving the heat and see to be doing very well. Just waiting on RED ones.
The peppers are going crazy, but I need to address the blossom end rot with them. I have a lot of flowers on the banana peppers but no peppers yet. All the others have been producing.
The potatoes are popping out of the ground, some still green. I just keep covering them up. I think between the storms and the hens they have had a little help finding their way out of the soil.
The carrots are doing great. I pull one every once in a while just to see.
Pumpkins are taking off. I have quite a few. A couple are turning already. My JUMBO one that I have been waiting on is finally getting big. Wasn’t the plant that I thought it was going to be though. Oh well! As long as I get one HUGE one, I am happy.
The gourds, like the pumpkins are doing great.
The strawberries took a bit of a hiatus, but are on their way back, I think I will have some that need to be picked today.
The snap peas have just started producing. I just picked my first 3 this morning.
Cucumbers are good. Picked my first lemon cucumber today.
The onions are getting bigger.
I have entered my baked goods in the fair and am awaiting the judging outcome. My son, Cameron also entered a couple of things this year as well.
Nothing much is going on in the garden, just sucking up tons of water because of the heat. They love the heat though. I am getting pumpkins galore, gourds too. Lots of green tomatoes, none red yet. The corn is huge and is producing well so far. Not ready to pick though.
The chickens have started laying. Little baby eggs. There are really cute. My little girls are becoming hens.
Crystal, Omerosa, and Trixy
The clothes don’t take long to dry on the clothesline because it is so hot. I do love the clothesline.
My compost would be complete if I would leave it alone and quit adding to it. I have a couple of pumpkins I allowed to stay growing in it. I have finally been able to construct a second story home for the worms. If I could only get them to move out of the first story just a bit quicker, that would be great. They are movin’ on up SLOWLY. Mostly the baby worms for now.
Happy Earth Day!
I hope you all feel like this is your day! I sure do.
I know it is Wednesday and it is still the middle of the work week, but be sure to do something great today for our planet. Check with your city’s website and see what is going on this weekend in honor of Earth Day. Redmond Oregon has it’s annual litter pick up in the canyon. Head on down there and take part, you will feel so good about what you have done. Be sure and include everyone, the kids and all of their friends can only make for a more exciting day.
Well, the garden is 1/2 in. I cant wait for the rest of it. Don’t forget to leave a little room for regular reseeding. We want to be able to enjoy our garden as long as possible, not just all at once. I feel so accomplished, I can hardly stand it. I really do feel like that is my baby out in the corner. I am trying rows this year for the firs time. My friend Ann gave it a shot last year and is totally pro row girl now.
The chicks pullets are doing well, I swear I will get the coop picks up soon. I am working on a huge project that I cant wait to tell all of you about, just not quite yet. Anyway, big personality’s (those 3 girls). Trixy is my fave. Then Omerosa and Crystal. Yesterday Trixy started squawking very loud. I have just recently been letting them out of the coop as I don’t have the pen built yet. I ran over there to find that she had been around the corner from the others and started to panic. She is now known as the chick that cries wolf. The next couple of times that happened, I didn’t run.
I put up my clothes line. I put the clothes out @ 8:00 last night and pulled them in this morning, I love this weather. I thinkI have convinced my husband that laundry doesn’t have to be done every day, we can shoot for every other day. Baby Steps, I guess that is what it is all about.
Again, Have a Great Earth Day and actually embrace it and everything that it stands for!!!
You remember those 3 cute chicks that I had to have? Well, I would call them pullets now not “cute chicks”. I feel that I do have to go on the record and tell everyone that Trixy (the one that was so ugly I serious contemplated taking her back) is still not beautiful, but by far has the biggest personality. Glad I didn’t send her back, she is kind of funny. Anyway, the coop is almost done and I cant wait to throw them out. I am ready to have my laundry room back. weather permitting, Cam and I are going to paint the coop this weekend. Come on weather, work with me.
I hope you all have big plans for the weekend. Get outside.
I thought I’d better give a worm update. They are doing great! All are alive and counted for.
Well, I got the chicks a week ago today. I can’t believe how much they grow in just a week. I was set on Rhode Island Reds, just because I have had hundreds of them growing up. Then I was told that the Sexlink is the way to go when it comes to laying. With that in mind we were off to the store. I found the Black Sexlinks and to my disappointment they are UGLY. At least right now. Well, in a bin of about 50 my Cameron “bonded” with one little Golden Laced Something. I was sticking firm to only getting 3, so back went a Sexlink. Then I couldn’t just had to have one of those Silver Laced Somethings, back goes a Sexlink. So, now we have 3 very feisty chicks, and I already cant wait for to get outside in the coop. When it is done, but that’s another story. Oh by the way, we named them. Golden Laced Something is Crystal (I call her Crystal Gayle), the Silver Laced Something is named Omerosa, and the Black (ugly) Sexlink is Trixy. Pretty original names if you ask me, but that’s just my family, the dog’s name is Frank!
These cute chicks