I have ordered the first round of garden stuff. Strawberry plants (50) and sweet Italian peppers (5). So, now they will be joining the apple trees that will be getting shipped in the spring. Yippee! I’ve had the chickens in the main garden and they have been scratching their little legs off in what is to become the strawberry bed. I have it mulched with straw and apparently that is hiding all sorts of good chicken food. They are doing a wonderful job of digging in and cleaning up along with making little deposits of fertilizer. It makes me very happy we got chickens.
Besides the garden contributions they are giving me lots of eggs. I don’t really have enough to sell but too many for us to eat in a timely fashion. Part of it is that we just don’t eat that many eggs during the week. Weekends we cook big breakfasts and go through plenty of eggs then.
In basic homestead development I was able to get another bed border done and the wood chips and chicken poop dug in the other day. We had around 60 degree F weather and it was a perfect day to be out working in the garden. I also ended up digging in some pine needles that came from the chicken area. I figure it can’t hurt since we have pretty alkaline soil around here. I will also be digging in some oyster shell this year. I just picked up a pile for the chickens but knowing I had some blossom end rot last summer I figure the shells will do my soil some good. I’m thinking I may not even dig it in. Just sprinkle and let the chickens take what they want from the beds and leave the rest for my garden soil. This way I don’t have to do as much work with it.
I am hoping to put in five more beds and border another this spring. Although that may end up only being four beds. One area all my critters like to dig, especially my kids. I learned long ago that there really is no reason to battle everyone for one little garden section. It just isn’t worth it.
As I am in the dreaming stages of the garden I am trying to plan for the summer farmer’s market. I am considering taking the manager position and I am considering adding herbs to my market booth to go along with my yarns. My mind is going a mile-a-minute with all of this. No decisions will be made for a while yet on any of the subjects. Just thoughts to be mulled over and researched at this point.