Monday, May 28, 2012

Warm Weather Love

Even though I'm eight months pregnant, I can't get enough of this warm weather. I love to sit in the backyard and watch the chickens foraging, the dogs basking in the sun, and the laundry blowing in the wind. I have a natural habit of waking up at dawn and I love to sit outside and knit or pull garden weeds while the dogs enjoy the cool morning air. If only this could last ten months out of the year...

Hanging laundry bring great joy to my life.
Shadow enjoying the fresh air and evening sun.

Sunny, our Easter Egger

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Low Tunnel Success

Last Fall was our first attempt at building a low tunnel to lengthen our growing season. We had bought some fabric that was recommended on websites. The fabric failed within a few days. The thin fabric tore with the first windy day, and soon the dogs and chickens were helping themselves to our hard-earned vegetables.

This spring Eric replaced the fabric with clear plastic. He stapled each end of the plastic to wooden planks to prevent future wind damage. This plastic made a complete difference! I planted seeds in March, and by April we were enjoying lettuce, radishes, kale, and swiss chard. Carrots were also planted, but will still take some time to grow.

Red Russian Kale
Huge Radishes (I can't remember the name)