I've been so busy with "those" animals that even though Spring has officially sprung, I haven't done much seed starting or planting or anything remotely close to getting the garden started. Although our weather hasn't been crazy-cold we're still dipping below the freezing mark several nights this week.
The buds on the peach and nectarine trees are swollen and looks like they'll burst open any day (probably when it gets down to freezing at night, of course) and there's a lot more green out in the pastures than there was just a few days ago.
I pilfered a neighbor's yard for her excess daffodils and planted them in a somewhat-chicken-proof miniature bed surrounded by rocks.
I made an identical rock-lined area for the Iris bulbs Mom gave me (that had been sitting on my front porch since, say, last September) and plan on making a few more to line the front of the berry garden. I also yanked up some roots from the neighbor's wisteria bush that I have soaking in water now and hoping that I can transplant them into a pot and then into the ground before too long. I just have to find a suitable place for them as they are known for taking over anything they get their vines on.
The front garden beds need to be surrounded with chicken wire or bird netting before I can plant my peas. The chickens have decided that those beds make dandy dusting areas and there's no way anything would survive in those beds unless they are fenced off.
I still need to clean out the herb garden and expand it some more. I think it did pretty well last year after I finally figured out how to chicken-proof the plants growing there. The yarrow is coming back on it's own as is the oregano and I think even the sage and chocolate mint plants made it through the winter. I'm planning on putting a variety or two of Basil in there along with some cilantro, parsley and may even try tarragon although I have no idea what I'll do with it.
At least not yet.
Tarragon chicken salad is the first thing that I remember using it for.ReplyDelete
We were looking like spring until it snowed 4 more inches this morning.
If you like shrimp recipes I have a cream tarragon shrimp recipe I can send you. It's wonderful!ReplyDelete
Pictures, pictures, we want to see pictures of all your areas. It may keep me going until our snow melts in time for the 4th of July celebrations.ReplyDelete
Well, allrighty then -- glad to know of someone else who devotes inordinate amounts of time, effort and thought in attempts to outwit garden-loving chickens.ReplyDelete
May I just copy your to-do list? Sounds exactly like what I need to do around here!ReplyDelete
So true about chickens. I've been at war with them over certain places on the property. They just don't seem to "get" that some areas are off limits!
Sounds like you won't be getting bored.....plenty to do.ReplyDelete
Be wary of oregano; I had to dig mine up a few years ago and it was set to cover the farm!