|Black copper marans enjoying the sun|
Today was the third day here since early October of 2011 that was actually in the 70s. Not too unbelievable around these parts but all my family wanted to do today was to be outside either working or playing.
My daughter's friend had spent the night for a sleepover and this morning we went on a little walk in the back of our property. My daughter caught a frog but seeing a young bull moose in velvet was probably the highlight of the day. Of course I didn't bring a camera and of course the moose stood there for a million years because I am sure he knew as well that I didn't bring my camera.
But not getting a moose picture couldn't get me down so later in the day after taking a break from chores I took a few pictures from around our place.
|Our 60 foot compost pile|
Having a lot of chickens has it's benefits: a lot of stuff to compost for the garden. Also, I have been clearing all the hay that the cattle had knock down into the ground from the hay feeder last winter. You want to talk about hot stuff, it compost better than anything I've ever tried and gets really hot very quickly.
|First finished garden bed|
We have three high-fenced vegetable garden beds. This is the first one planted so far. It's kind of strange location because it does get some shade but since it's on a slight slope facing due south, it's the first to heat up and lose it's snow. The down side is that late summer, early fall it likes to shade up again so it is not great for planting things that take all summer to mature here: winter squash, pumpkins, tomatoes and green beans are not a great choice to plant in this bed. Greens, radishes and peas and other cool-loving plants love it though.
I love Ed Smith's "Vegetable Gardening Bible", it's the only book I refer, too. It's also where I got the idea to cover the walkways with a layer of newspaper and then top it with straw. Great weed control and it looks tidy. In the fall, I add leaf litter and compost to the beds and then lay the straw from the walkways on top so the earthworms and night crawlers have a nice cozy bed to work and break down the leaf litter.
|and more bees.|