Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Chicken Poop in My Bed
Yes, there sure is chicken poop in my bed. My garden bed that is.
The collards never quite gave it up this winter. It would wilt in the snow and then pop up just as if it were Spring. The hubby cleaned out the coop and spread the straw all over the side beds so they would be ready for the spring planting. Can you believe how big this got over the past two days?
He is also tore out all the overgrown wild rose and blackberry bushes, stubborn sycamores that just won't die and various other weedy things that have crept closer and closer to the house over the last decade.
He's going to make a new coop and larger yard for them plus get ready for chicks. It will be easier for me to reach and have access to the eggs from the outside rather than having to climb in all the time. The old coop will turn into storage. I was hoping it could be a shelter for the stray cats but I didn't get my way on that one. The brush pile will stay- it houses all sorts of critters from raccoons to the little kitties.
On the other side of the house, in the big garden, the onions are coming up from last year's seed. We've got a huge compost pile over there in addition to the county's tree trimmer's pile they donated towards our efforts. We are expecting a little rain over the next few days but after that we'll have to start laying everything out, lining the walkways and stringing up new lines for climbing things.
I've got a collection of cooler weather seeds picked out for now, some from Botanical Interests and some from Victory Seed- never had a failure, even in older seeds.
We'll make some new beds behind the house for flowers and medicinal herbs that are not too invasive. We have a slope where I can start up some mint and other runaway herbs. Won't that smell nice when the cats stroll through, kicking up all those wonderful aromas!