It's a good thing we didn't wait any longer to get that chore done. I swear the weeds were growing a foot over night, literally. The plants we wanted started to disappear in the jungle and were hard to find. We weeded in the rain, in the heat, and had to take a day sort of off to recuperate. But, we're gaining, and it is starting to look a little more respectable. I know one thing..... annual crops are a LOT of work. I'm looking forward to the day when most of our "crops" are perennial in nature. Plant once, take care of them, and they pay you back for many years. My kind of crop.
|Garlic looking good!|
Speaking of great perennial crops, we are going to have blueberries for the first time this year. Not many, but they're OURS!
|Blueberries from Black horse Hill|
|Peek a boo!!|
|Little Peep now has her own babes.|
I've posted in the past about Little Peep (AKA as Bucky Jr.) She was the first chick hatched out here last year. Well, she went broody, and I let her have a few eggs of her own to hatch. None of the babies are hers, but she doesn't care. She is a very fierce protector. I can swear to that, because she came after me a few days ago when she thought I was a danger to one of them.
Several hens and their chicks are scattered about the property right now, each with their own portable hut. There are still a couple that haven't hatched theirs yet, and that will be it for a while. Most of these are cross breds, and I need to concentrate on Pure bred chickens next.
Here is a picture of some purebreds that I did hatch out in an incubator. The white ones are White Chanteclers, and the black one is a Penedesenca.
|White Chanteclers and Black Penedesenca|
On a final note... Got out of at least one chore. Roland had gotten nervous about his wine cap mushroom bed. He bought more spawn, and picked up a load of oak wood chips on his way back from relocating yet another raccoon. As he was going out to figure the best place to drive in the tractor, he started laughing. I walked over to see what was up, and of course, wine cap mushrooms were popping up all over. I forgot to take pictures, but I'm sure there will be more tomorrow.
Tonight's meal included krispy kale chips and wine cap mushrooms sauteed with fresh garlic scapes and basil. We do eat well here.