Our garden has really been flourishing. The newspapers and straw in between most of my rows has also been a blessing. Not only can I go into the garden when it would normally be too muddy, but the weeds have not taken over.
There is one area of the garden that is kind of a weed fest. It is where I planted a bunch of onions and only a few came up, then I planted butternut squash right in the middle. Maybe next year I will do even better.
We planted our corn at the beginning of June which was about a month later than normal. We also planted it in an entirely new spot, separate from the rest of the garden. It seems to be growing pretty well. I am really looking forward to some delicious corn-on-the-cob.
I had written about getting some laying hens here and here. Well, they haven’t been laying well for the past month and I am not sure why. We always used to raise Golden Comets and they were excellent layers.
Don’t get me wrong, I have been thankful to have been blessed with these free chickens, but if we are going to have chickens then we need to have more than one egg every other day or two.
So, my husband and his uncle went to a local trade’s day where people bring all sorts of things to sell. He came home with 1 large Golden Comet, 2 smaller Golden Comets and 3 Rhode Island Reds.
The hens learned the pecking order really quickly and stuck together in groups of three and as a whole group. Our original four hens stuck together as well as trying to show the new hens that they were here first. 🙂
This reminded me of junior high or high school when girls are pretty cliquey and find safety in numbers. Ladies, remember needing a friend or two to go with you to the bathroom? I am anxious to go out and make sure that there have been no fights in the night and that they will all settle into a routine.
I am looking forward to getting more fresh eggs. There is nothing like knowing exactly where your eggs come from and what the chickens have been fed. Organic at its best!