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3/31/15 chickens by west garden

3/31/15 chickens by east garden

4/2/15 dust bath for all

4/2/15 dust bath for all

April, 3rd, Lil prepared 6 bowls of goodies for the chickens to celebrate their 3rd hatchday.IMG_1111For Easter Sunday dinner, I dug up some sun chokes. I’m not sure if this is the last harvest from last year or the first harvest from this year.

4/5/15 sun chokes

4/5/15 sun chokes

Lastly, pictures of the east and west gardens and the uncovered chicken run. Note the snow. Also note the destroyed fencing of the east garden, there were a group of deer that took it down trying to get out late last fall.

4/5/15 west garden

4/5/15 west garden

4/5/15 east garden

4/5/15 east garden

4/5/15 chicken run

4/5/15 chicken run

4/5/15 going in for the night.

4/5/15 going in for the night.

Personal note, I’m going back to the Appalachian Trail for a month or so, starting April 30th.  I’m now a section hiker.

My hiking blog is  https://myhike2014.wordpress.com/

I’ve put the gardens (my 2 vegetable gardens) to bed for the year.  Since I won’t be planting a vegetable garden next year,( myhike2014.wordpress.com) I did things a little differently.  After pulling the last leeks and carrots from the old garden and pulling the last kale from the newer garden I added all of my remaining compost, some lime and then seeded them both with clover.  I have never planted a cover-crop before.  My Dad always planted winter wheat in the fall and tilled it in, in the spring as a green manure.  I’m hoping letting the gardens rest for a year will discourage the cabbage worms and a blight that my beets and Swiss chard get.  I’ve also dug up a couple of parsley plants, potted them and have them in the south facing living-room window for fresh parley all winter long.

last of the leeks and carrots from 2013

last of the leeks and carrots from 2013

 

pulled kale plants hung in the run for the chickens

pulled kale plants hung in the run for the chickens

 

old garden

old garden

 

newer garden

newer garden there is 1 turnip plant left

Ed

Some people know this about me already.  Now I’m putting it into my blog.  Is it because I have children?  grandchildren?  a wife?  an ex-wife?  a blog?  chickens?  any one of those could do it to a person.  Except the wife.  I won’t be planting a garden next year, I’m going for “a walk in the woods”.

My plan is to be on top of Springer Mt.  Georgia, March 26, 2014 and to start walking north to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.  The Appalachian Trail.  2150 miles,  estimated time to complete, 6 months.

See, I’m certifiable.

I’ve been on this planet too many years for this to be a mid-life crisis so it must be a bucket-list item or a transition into semi or full retirement.  I just don’t know.  I hope to blog about my trek and have set up a new blog for this.  I didn’t like the idea of making this blog “mygardenmychickensmyhike”.   So my new blog is at   http://myhike2014.wordpress.com/.  I have been following blogs of this years thru-hikers and my absolute favorite is Karma on the trail.  You can get to her blog by clicking on her link in my blogs I follow column.

Ed

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