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Jasmine, our first hen to lay and our first hen to swell from a tick bite is our first hem to go broody.  For the past week she has been sitting in the nesting box trying to hatch the eggs that we keep removing from the box.  Since we have Jack, our rooster, the eggs are probably fertile.  And since we don’t have space for more chickens we will not be hatching any.

broody Jasmine in the nesting box  7/8/13

broody Jasmine in the nesting box 7/8/13

We have tried cool bathes and small ice packs under her but she is still broody.  She will remain outside with the other chickens after a cool bath but only for 30 to 45 minutes then she runs full tilt to the nesting box as if her house was on fire.  We are going to keep trying to gently stop the brooding, she seems fine, eats and drinks some, we just will see how this plays out.

Jasmine in the nesting box  7/8/13

Jasmine in the nesting box 7/8/13

Made a salad for supper, lettuce, kale, beans and a carrot fresh from the garden.  Sauteed some boneless, skinless chicken thighs and it was quite good.

tonight's salad in the rough  7/10/13

tonight’s salad in the rough 7/10/13

For dessert, vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce that I made last weekend.  I found a recipe on-line that had balsamic vinegar in it, so that was the one I tried.  It is quite good if I do say so myself.

I also made up some jars of Strawberry-Rhubarb jam.  Which is also quite good.

Strawberry-Rhubarb jam and one jar of Strawberry sauce  7/7/13

Strawberry-Rhubarb jam and one jar of Strawberry sauce 7/7/13

I wish I could say that the strawberries were mine.  I can not, I picked them at a U-Pick-Farm.  I have not been able to grow strawberries, I am still trying though. At least the rhubarb is mine.

Ed

Let’s do the disclaimer first.

There is never enough time for the garden, ever.  This season even more so.  I injured my knee in April, which slowed me down.  Had it operated on in June, which slowed me to a stop.  I am on the mend and trying hard to follow my Doctors advice. But laying about isn’t something that I’m very good at.  I did go play in the garden last week, nothing strenuous.  But not a bright thing to do, my knee hurt real bad that night and I spent the next day on the couch with ice and my leg raised.  So now I am trying to follow my Doctors advice.

So on to the garden.

My spinach is done.

I’ve cut my last asparagus and it was a very good year for asparagus.

My beets have stopped growing and seem to be shrinking into small red seedlings so I turned them all under and planted carrots in their spot.  These are in my mouse-proof bed beside the first planting of carrots that are doing very well.  Maybe you can’t plant carrots and beets together.

first planting of carrots, beets were planted in front of and beside them  6/23/13

first planting of carrots, beets were planted in front of and beside them 6/23/13

Lettuce crop is just starting to bolt (go to seed).  Have planted some more and they are coming up.  I only plant 10 or 12 at a time which is generally more than I use.

lettuce  6/23/13

lettuce 6/23/13

The 3 types of kale are doing well, my wife made her favorite chicken and baked kale last night.  Our second cutting.

from the bottom, turnip, kale, swiss chard, kale and a wall of peas  6/23/13

from the bottom, turnip, kale, swiss chard, kale and a wall of peas 6/23/13

I was very late getting my squash, pumpkin, melon and cucumber seedlings planted, they were small and very yellow.  Some of them, now that they are in the gardens, have turned to a nice dark green but they are still small.  We just have to wait and see, I think I may have started too late for some of them.

butternut squash seedling   6/23/13

butternut squash seedling 6/23/13

My corn is being over run by weeds. Because of how close I plant them, with a sore knee I just can’t twist and bend right to do the weeding.  No one else has applied for the job so the weeds are taking over.

My tomato plants are suffering also. I haven’t been able to tie them up yet.  There are small green tomatoes on some of them.

tomato plant  6/23/13

tomato plant 6/23/13

My peas have been spectacular.  I planted them very heavily and they just grew into a mass of vines and pods.  After hand picking a couple of times, I pull the plants right out of the ground and sort through them on my potting shed table.  I started freezing them for this winter.

first peas  6/24/13

first peas 6/24/13

 

potting shed table, sorting peas with the ladies helping  6/30/13

potting shed table, sorting peas with the ladies helping 6/30/13

My chickens enjoy watermelon on the first of July and it is hot and humid.  My deer, well maybe “mother natures” deer, enjoy the blackberry patch.  How do they eat the plants thorns and all??

Chickens with watermelon  7/1/13

Chickens with watermelon 7/1/13

 

Deer eating blackberries  7/1/13

Deer eating blackberries 7/1/13

Last item, anyone want to guess what this flower is??DSCF0001

Hint, it makes a very tasty jelly.

Ed

Over the years, I have collected a lot of flowers and shrubs from family and friends.  My largest collection has been Irises.  Most of my Irises remind me of family and friends, some of them are no longer with us.  I have one from my Mom, not a spectacular bloom but it is from my Mom. Here are some pictures that I took this year.

My Mom's Iris

My Mom’s Iris 5/22/13

Pat and Tom   5/22/13

Pat and Tom 5/22/13

I bought this one  5/22/13
I bought this one 5/22/13

Bob's  5/22/13

Bob’s 5/22/13

Emily's  5/25/13

Emily’s 5/25/13

Ed

 

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