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Garden in February, Eastern NC, Zone 7b

February 8, 2016

Sorry this is about a week late. January threw me for a loop. Baby #7 was due at the end of January. I have never had a baby come any earlier than 41 weeks or so. When my water broke at 38 weeks, it was a shock, to say the least. Anyway, here is what the garden looked like at the beginning of January.

Nieto Photography 2015

And here is what it looks like at the beginning of February.Nieto Photography 2016

We had an ice storm at the end of January and about a week later, we reached the low 70s.

Our spring bulbs are very confused.Nieto Photography 2016

I uncovered the hoops and the cabbages looked fabulous! They weathered the high teens beautifully. Because of the warmer temperatures, I kept them uncovered. And the deer appreciated that because they ate two of my cabbages that were just about ready to be harvested. 😦 So sad. Part of me thinks – when do I throw in the towel? while another part of me thinks – one day I’ll get this!Nieto Photography 2016(this is all the deer left 😦 )

The broccoli did not fair well in the ice storm. I need to write down in my garden journal to use thicker fabric for the broccoli next year.Nieto Photography 2016Most of the young, purple cabbages are looking pretty good. I just need to keep them alive about another month then I think we’ll be able to harvest them πŸ˜€Nieto Photography 2016 Nieto Photography 2016I was able to prune about 10 blueberry plants before I went into labor.Nieto Photography 2016I still have about 20 or so more to go. I have recovered for the most part from labor and delivery so I plan on pruning the rest this month.Nieto Photography 2016(This is what the bushes look like before being pruned)

I have SOOOOO much to do this month! I hope we continue to have some pretty days so that I can get all of it done!

HAVE TO DO in February:

  • Prune blueberry bushes
  • Prune fruit and ornamental trees
  • Prepare the new raspberry patch (rip up tarp, cover with manure and mulch)

Would like TO DO:

  • Clean out the chicken coop.
  • Expand the chicken run.
  • Plant all the seeds in the milk jug greenhouses.

Are you in the dreaming stages of your 2016 garden? Are you harvesting? Or are you just trying to keep things alive, like me? πŸ˜‰ Happy gardening!


Harvest Monday + Big News!

March 2, 2014

Okay…it’s March…when our weather typically starts to warm…I’m waiting…not so patiently…it has snowed today and is supposed to get down to 15 degrees tonight. boo.

Good news: half way through the week, the chickens went from eight eggs a day to about a dozen a day (again…)! Woo whoo! πŸ˜€ That is still our only harvest though. I am definitely thinking about making a small hoop house next year (we have some PVC pipes lying around and plastic already so we would only need to buy re-bar, probably)! Not being able to eat anythingΒ  from the garden makes me sad!

BIG, BIG news! Friday, we went to check eggs and one chicken wouldn’t let us check under her. We thought she may be broody. When we rolled an egg out from under her with a stick & she stuffed it back under her and growled at us, our suspicions were confirmed πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately, we had to kill our rooster earlier this year because of his temperament so her eggs will not turn into chicks.

However, a friend of mine graciously volunteered 10 of her freshly laid, fertilized eggs for our broody hen to sit on. Hopefully, three Harvest Mondays from now, I’ll be reporting on our first batch of home-grown chicks! I am excited! She has a Buff Orpington rooster and a Jersey Giant Rooster (our broody hen is a Buff Orpington) but she has a variety of hens so it will be interesting to see what breed of chicks we end up with!

Other happenings this week:

I cleaned out the coop this weekend (all but behind the nesting boxes because I didn’t want to move the mama hen. It was NOT easy work but it is done & it looks great and smells nice! I dumped everything from the coop into the run. I am hoping that it will continue to break down so I can get fine, fluffy compost from the run to cover my garden in the fall, just like Paul Gautschi does πŸ™‚

Nieto Family - March 01 14 - 0061(Here is the broody hen, sitting on her 10 eggs. You can see the nice, clean wood shavings on the coop floor. I will move the nesting box to clean in and around it thoroughly once the chicks have hatched.) Nieto Family - March 01 14 - 0060(Having a table under the roost keeps the rest of the coop relatively poop-free and a thin layer of wood shavings makes it really easy to clean the table off whenever needed.)

Over the last couple of years, we have noticed one blueberry bush that has come up on its own. Not sure how that happened…I assume a branch was buried without us knowing it and it produced another bush on its own. This year, it is big enough to be out on its own so we went ahead and moved it this week. It has been a very strong bush thus far and I hope being away from its parent does not weaken it too much. We shall see, as always πŸ™‚

Nieto Family - February 26 14 - 0089(1)(The ‘mother’ blueberry bush is in the forefront of the picture. The ‘baby’ bush is to the right.)

Nieto Family - February 26 14 - 0104

(‘baby’ bush’s new home)

I’m still waiting for night time temperatures to stay above freezing, consistently. I’m not patient enough to wait too long and since yesterday was a warm day, I went ahead and planted some more lettuce, carrots, and kale. They are covered because tonight, we’re supposed to get ice but we’ll see what happens.

My greenhouses are still not sprouting. This is the time of the year I get nervous about whether or not all of that time & effort was worth it. The good news is, I did not spend any money – this does not mean I do not want success…I am just trying to not get my hopes up too high πŸ™‚ However, looking over last year’s posts, nothing sprouted until March or April so I still have time… and hope.

Check out what others are harvesting over at Daphne’s Dandelions!