Instead of using commercial fertilizers and plant food, why not use some scraps from your kitchen that would otherwise end up in the trash or compost bin to amend and improve your garden soil naturally? Inexpensive and easy, these are my favorite ways to get my garden ready for spring planting.
Butterflies are beautiful additions to any backyard and are also wonderful pollinators. I make sure to plant things in my garden to attract lots of butterflies each spring. In order to do this, it's important to plant a mix of 'nectar' plants that adult butterflies love - to entice them to hang around and lay their eggs, as well as 'food' or host plants for the caterpillars that hatch - to provide them energy and nutrition as they grow and eventually become butterflies themselves.
A broody hen (i.e. a chicken that wants to sit on eggs for three weeks to hatch them) is a God send if you are trying to hatch fertile eggs, but otherwise quite the annoyance. Unless you break her broodiness, she'll hog the nesting box, squawk and squeal and generally disrupt the calm in the coop. So how can you tell if you have a Broodzilla on your hands? Here are the top ten signs of a broody hen.
Dare I believe it's actually approaching shorts weather here in Maine? It's been in the mid-70s and believe it or not, the chickens have actually been panting a bit and holding their wings out! How fast they forget the near 100 degrees days on end they experienced in Virginia! I organized my new potting shed this week, and we planted raspberry and blackberry bushes plus a few more blueberry bushes, and we found a hidden rhubarb patch.
I have tomatoes and eggplant seedlings in the ground and planted some sunflower, lettuce, snap pea and green bean seeds. We had our first hummingbird of the season stop by to visit and we have both barn swallows and bluebirds nesting in our birdhouses. We have our first broody hen sitting on a nest of eggs..and the Littles are almost five weeks old. Enjoy this peek at our week.
As excited as we were to move to Maine last summer and set down roots in New England again, I was sorry to leave our farm in Virginia. There were so many nice features that had taken years to build/raise/grow/create and leaving them behind was tough. One in particular was our landscaped chicken run.