There have been lots of things going on since the last post. As i mentioned last time the chickens are now free range, except at night for their protection. They have the schedule down great. A little before dark they head to their coop and I lock it up before heading in at dark. They have some new friends now, 2 African geese. My mom bought them for the boy this weekend. They are about 4 weeks old, but I’m already letting them free range because they are so big and really like the grass growing around the garden. They are a lot of fun to watch. Now we are enjoying watching the chickens and geese run around the garden while we are out there working. We also have 8 guinea chicks in the brooder pen. They are a couple of weeks old (maybe). They are pretty wild (which you want) and looking good.
The garden is continuing to do well despite the lack of rain in the last couple of weeks. We are getting daily harvest from the zukes, squash and beans. The provider beans were the early green beans and they are just about done. The contender beans are producing a little bit everyday, but hasn’t gotten to peak time yet. We harvested our first scallop squash yesterday and will add them to the daily mix. The rest of the beans are looking good, most of them are for drying and are getting huge. We are harvesting lettuce, kale, kolrabi, and collards. I dug all the potatoes and put them in the barn to cure. I also pulled up all the garlic, onions and shallots to cure as well. The tomatoes are still looking good (except the celeberties) and everybody is waiting to get some. The watermelons are starting to put on, one is even the size of a softball already. The corn is starting to make ears. Its a lot of fun and the daily walk through the garden has to be one of the best times of day.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot but that should give you and update for now.