Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Great tomatoes

This is no great tomato year by any stretch, thanks to an unusually wet and cold spring. But my tomatoes spent a month under a toasty cloche, and now they look great.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Coddling moth protection

This year I am determined to get some decent apples off our apple trees. These footies are supposed to protect from coddling moths and apple maggots.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Chicken grains

I read an article yesterday in Sunset magazine about pasture-fed chickens. These are farm-raised chickens that get most of their food by foraging in an alfalfa pasture. Darn, i should have bought some alfalfa seed this year! I did buy oats and buckwheat and I already know they love buckwheat.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Greg has let the chickens out this morning. It's impressive to see how much they can dig with their powerful feet. Actually, they can do a lot of plant damage...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dirt bath

Although colder weather is coming, we are having a nice, dry and sunny day today. And the chickens are doing what they love to do in the sun -- taking a dirt bath in a hole they dug.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bock bock

After they lay an egg, the chickens often make a lot of loud honking noises. If they were wild chickens, this would be the equivalent of saying, hey, predators, lunchtime. Why do they do this, I wonder?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rat problem solved

I seem to have successfully blocked the neighborhood rats from raiding the chicken coop. A row of bricks at the entrance point seems to have blocked them, for now at least.