Harvest Monday

March 10, 2014

Yet another week of crazy weather – sleet, ice, rain, and 65 degree weather! I was unable to do much in the garden this week until the weekend.

Greenhouses

Nothing from the celery yet. Some seeds are starting to sprout though:

DSC_3950Broccoli

DSC_3953Onions (first time sprouting my own onions…could have planted more/greenhouse)

DSC_3952 Flowers (these are red sunflowers – sprouts look purple – but foxglove & yellow sunflowers are sprouting as well)

This week is supposed to be much warmer so hopefully, there will be many more to follow.

Garden Chores

I spent the weekend expanding mulch to the driveway. I have found that a garden, whether a raised bed or a BTE garden, surrounded by grass (especially bermuda grass) will quickly become overwhelmed by said grass. So, we try to have our gardening area surrounded by quite a bit of mulch to

  1. Deter the grass and
  2. Prepare new ground for expanding the garden in years to come.

DSC_3948My husband’s work moved offices recently. Those big moving boxes are AWESOME when it comes to covering a lot of area! Hopefully we can find more of those huge boxes soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

DSC_3955Finished Product. Looks great! Still a lot more area to cover!

Harvest

Still just harvesting eggs. Fifteen a day! We are very excited about this. We caught the chickens eating eggs a week ago but now we check 3 times a day and the problem has seemed to resolve itself. yay ๐Ÿ™‚

The broody hen is still sitting. One week down, two more to go!

Some weird happenings

  • Every once in a while, we’ll find a few of her eggs (marked by an X) in other nesting boxes!
  • Also, we started with 10 eggs and now just have 7. We have no clue what happened to them. Our nesting boxes do not have backs to them and since some of her eggs have been kicked out of her nesting boxes a few times (in the front), I would not doubt it if we found them later behind the nesting boxes. I don’t want to move the nesting boxes now because I do not want to disturb her. We have looked and have not seen them but I don’t know where else the eggs could have gone!

Are you harvesting anything green? I cannot wait until that day comes! Check out what others are doing in their gardens at Daphne’s Dandelions.

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7 thoughts on “Harvest Monday

  1. Jess

    With regards to the chickens eating the eggs, are you putting the cracked shells in the compost/another area they have access to? If they see the half shells and eat them, they can begin to eat their own eggs. The shells should be crushed up to avoid this happening. It is good for them to eat their own shells, but not in recognisable form! That is very bizarre that the eggs moved nesting boxes. No idea how the chickens managed that! Is there any chance a rat or other kind of animal could have eaten the eggs that disappeared? It’s more likely that they just fell behind the boxes, but you never know! Your seeds popping up must be very exciting – I’m sure you can’t wait for warmer weather! Hang in there!

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    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      We crush the shells before giving them to the chickens. During the winter, we were only getting 3 eggs/day so we were only checking once a day. When we started getting more/day but we were still only checking once a day, I think that is what caused the egg eating. Checking more frequently has seemed to solve the problem. A friend suggested that something may have eaten the eggs as well and we have a hole at the TOP of the coop where a rat/snake could get through (hoping hubby will take care of that soon) but we were thinking once whatever it was ate the eggs, it would not be able to get back up to the very top & I figured we would see some type of sign from an intruder…I don’t know. Hopefully the hole will be plugged soon and hopefully we will not lose any more eggs. I know we’re just in different seasons but I am quite jealous of your harvests these days ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Stoney Acres

    Things are looking great! You have to love new starts and the promise of harvests to come! And to answer your question, yes we have lots of “green stuff” coming from our cold frames now!

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  3. Nancy Davis

    No, I am not harvesting any green yet but I did look in my cold frame and have a little green there so that was encouraging! Your mini greenhouses look like they are doing well. I should really try a couple of them as different people seem to be doing that. What kind of soil did you put in yours? Nancy

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    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      I was transforming a square foot garden box (peat moss, vermiculite, & compost) into a BTE garden. In doing this, I took out quite a bit of soil so I could have 4″ of mulch on top. That is the soil I used for the greenhouses. I pushed the seeds down and then covered with some compost taken from the chicken run.

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