Sunday, July 22, 2012
Since I haven't posted anything lately about what has actually been going on around here, I thought I'd put up a number of photos that I have taken recently. The mutt chicks and mamas are doing well and everybody is all still with us. We did have a close call back about a week ago when either a dog or coyote came into the yard during a rain storm. Jack ran out and scared it off but we couldn't find 3 of the mutts and one of our hens for about a half an hour. We looked and looked and had about given up hope but they all were apparently hiding in amongst the lawnmowers and such and came out after they felt everything was okay. I'm glad they have such hiding instincts. I like also that the mamas stick together as a group. I was afraid each mama would try to go a separate way and the chicks wouldn't know who to go with but they stick together as their own little herd.
The turban lily actually put out 2 blooms this year!! Yay! I have been very vigilant to keep Jack away from it. He means very well but can sometimes destroy a plant or tree without even knowing what he has done. I actually found two more of these plants down the valley a bit back in the spring but when I checked on them later the deer had eaten them. Maybe next spring I can transplant them up near this one and keep the deer away.
The pure bred chicks are doing very well; growing like weeds! They are constantly amusing. On the far left is the Brown Leghorn, in the middle is the Partridge Rock and on the right is the Speckled Sussex. The Sussex are very sweet but they Leghorn are extremely flighty and never get near you.
This little Partridge Rock is the funniest looking little thing! It looks like she is wearing bloomers! And none of them have tail feathers still! I guess they grow some eventually.
This has been a great year for the garden even though some stuff was a little slow to get started. I hate to say anything, considering the drought in some areas, but we have had plenty of rain this year. The corn did not produce as big of ears as last year, so we haven't had much on the cob, but I did manage to cut a good bit off the cobs and freeze for creamed corn. I've also had virtually no problem with squash bugs, potato beetles or even tomato hormworms; knock on wood. I think the birds and dragonflies have been doing a superb job of patrolling things this year.
Now, my rhubarb has all bitten the dust, even the one designed to grow here. I guess they just couldn't take the heat. I may try again next year with one planted in complete shade. The asparagus is doing excellent though. At least in my opinion. I guess this is good! I've never seen it grow before so I'm not sure. I can't wait until next spring when I get to cut just a little!
So, that's the update around here. Still canning an drying and such. I have a couple of recipes I want to put up for you soon too. I hope everyone is having a good weekend too.