Saturday, June 01, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
So far, my experiment is working... next, I slipped a scrap of paper into the fold of the fabric, so my Sharpie would not bleed through. Kale. Zinnias. Beets.
But what about the carrots?
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
:: Inspired by Soule Mama ::
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments, for all to find and see.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Even synthetic fertilizers put me off. Synthetically produced Nitrogen is a pollutant, they use nonrenewable fossil fuels to produce, and synthetic Nitrogen diminishes the health and fertility of the soil, making the soil and the plants weak. There is plenty of evidence, scientific and anecdotal, to prove to me that we are better off without pesticides and synthetic fertilizer, so let's just get to the good stuff! Because, there are so many wonderful resources out there, and good choices we can make!
Maybe that's what got the bills sorted, paid, another load of dishes tackled. I even had the pep to make extra thoughtful week night dinners. And the new garden got started... the hard parts of tilling, and hauling, pulling weeds, and preparation.
Such vigor and vim from lemon zing! A squeeze over chicken, with garlic and herbs, made a delicious meal. A squeeze with local honey, to soothe Maria's throat. Another squeeze over cucumbers and mint, for a refreshing and simple salad. And today... revived again, I'll vanquish at least one laundry mountain, plant some green beans and cucumbers, then back into the kitchen to make Ruth's Lemon Bars... a double batch!
Thank you, Lemon Tree. You've been so good to me.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Do you spy Lady Betty, our farm matriarch?
In the beginning the bunnies lived in the barn, corralled by a small gate. They're "litter-box trained," which is sort of nice, but not entirely foolproof, so I am happy the chicken run, or Camp Whoop-Up, is complete. Maria and I spruced up the rabbit hutch, and added a fresh coat of paint. Now they live in the hutch, secure in the run. And regularly, we bring them out onto the lawn for bouncing, hopping, and other bunny pleasures.
Everyone seems to be settling in quite nicely at Camp Whoop-Up. There is running water, shade, security, and the constant company of chickens, goats, and bunnies. We even had a giant grasshopper come by. (Hmmmm... haven't seen him lately. I did warn him about curious hens.) Most thankfully, we are loving the peace of mind the new installation provides us. The other night, when the coyotes came calling, my anxiety was brief, fleeting... the run, with it's covered roof, and 1" by 1/2" hardware cloth is one sturdy fortress. Inara and Malcolm may be timid and mild bunnies, but we hope they will soon realize they are home, loved, and safe.