Hi all. It has been weeks since my last post and I apologize but my Mac had some serious technical difficulties that required new parts and repair. Obviously, this also required crawling around on my hand and knees for about 20 minutes looking for the smallest screw ever made, that I am sure is a vital part of my laptop but is now gone forever. Thankfully, Bob is a technical genius and was able to get things back up and running. Then, there was a week of much-needed vacation. This urban farming thing is hard work, especially in drought conditions and scorching heat. After a few days on the beach I am refreshed, relaxed and ready to get back to work at thekrousehouse.
So on with the farm report…..
Considering I have never attempted a veggie garden of this scale before I am impressing even my most seasoned gardener friends. We have been picking and eating lettuce every day for crisp salads and the peas are sweet and fresh. Weeding is tedious but I am doing my best to stay on top of it. All the sources I read when I was getting started suggested mulching in the garden but I decided not to. Who needs another unnecessary step right? Apparently real gardeners don’t mulch; they weed. I am a real gardener! However, I also think real gardeners probably don’t have jobs and three teenagers. Next year….mulch. For now, weeding is time-consuming and completely ruins the mani but is so rewarding when it’s all done.
And of course the “ladies” , as we refer to them, are doing fine. I wouldn’t consider myself a chicken expert yet but I have learned some stuff. First of all, they eat and poop a lot. They are not very smart, but kinda cute and completely entertaining to sit and watch. Most evenings Bob and I sit on the porch with a glass of wine and watch them range around the yard. (We are Rock Stars, I know!)
No eggs yet but by the end of the summer they should begin to lay. I have to admit, I think I will probably be giddy the first morning I go out and find an egg in the coop!! Apparently, a freshly laid, free range egg is about the best tasting thing in the world. I can’t wait to find out. I just have to work on getting the ladies to realize that free range does not include the porch.