Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Making Hay

I haven't actually been making hay,
but the saying "make hay while the sun is shining" refers 
to getting stuff done- in my case literally when the sun is shining.
In May I think it rain about 85% of the time
making outside work impossible.
Big E and I installed a new sturdier, taller chicken run in the rain.
l to r: Royal Farms, Louise and Vader the Roo
The girls (and the roo) aren't very happy about confinement of any sort
even if it's a very large grassy area.
I guess it's one of those
"The manure is better on the other side of the fence" deals for them.
We wanted to do something to allow them some freedom and space 
without offering them up as a fox buffet during kit season.
So far (knock wood) it seems to be working.
Nutsy enjoying some watermelon
I try to keep them happy with special treats
like watermelon rinds.
Still, the minute the treat is devoured,
they're back to demanding release from the prison yard.

In the nicer weather, 
Big E and I have finally been able to get the veggie garden tilled.
Because we are also busy at the house, we are keeping this year's garden smaller.
I have beets, radishes, cukes, beans, peppers, squash and tomatoes.
There is room for something else but I'm not sure yet what I'll add,
possibly just some additional tomatoes or peppers.
We also managed to finish digging out the new garden beds at our house.
Now I just need to get some stuff planted in them.
A local new-to-me nursery was having a BOGO sale on plants,
so my mom and I headed out and loaded up the car.
They're still sitting by the garage at the moment,
because I have so much that needs getting done I haven't gotten to them yet.
I'm hoping that I can find time to get that done,
so I can share the progress on the gardens.
I'm happy to report that I was able to get the rest of the milkweed that I needed,
and I can start the Monarch Waystation Certification process.
In other news, 
the bathroom is nearly completely gutted.
I haven't managed to get any photos of that process since it has mostly happened
during the day while I'm at work.  
Thanks to my dad.