Of Angels and Plants

The adventures of gardening

Planning… November 13, 2011

Filed under: Alsike Clover,chickens,Cover Crops,garden,seeds — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 3:56 pm

Well, this is the coldest fall I can remember. I’ve sown a cover crop mix and the last of the alsike clover, and am planning to build a big compost pile in the back yard to help build  up the soil (it’s looks like sandstone and is about as hard to dig in right now). The only other thing growing right now is baby carrot plants. I discovered that I might have accidentally killed some of my vegetable seeds when I stuck them in a freezer for a short while to get rid of the bugs. Oh well, live and learn. The chickens are molting right now, and look ridiculous. Luckily, they’re not naked. Egg production is pretty much zero. We’re looking to get chicks in the Spring, and either sell the gals or turn them into chicken soup (my dad’s coworker has already reserved one…).

Something I never knew about chickens before getting them: When they eat anything, if it’s moist or wet, they will wipe their beak on the ground afterwards, even if the result is a dirtier beak than before. They haven’t seemed to get the idea of wiping their beaks on something that is not dirt.

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Busy… September 23, 2011

Filed under: birds,Dog/ Angel,garden,knitting — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 6:18 pm

I’ve been busy with school and other projects. Behold:

And this:

Both of which are cowls and birthday presents for friends. For my birthday, we went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. My sister took these photos.

 

This hawk was particularly irritated at something, and kept screeching loudly.

Recently I have become interested in watercolors and sketching, but my art never turns out the way I want to…

And since this is a blog that is a little about my dog, I present the Queen of Cuteness:

 

Happy New Year! January 5, 2011

Filed under: chickens,Dog/ Angel,garden,Writing — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 7:55 pm

I hope you all had a fun vacation and New Year! The garden has been slow lately, but it’s almost time to plant seeds again. Surprisingly, the tomatoes have not been killed, even though we’ve had mornings at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and nights certainly colder than that. The chickens are doing well, tearing up the yard as usual looking for bugs, but Sakura, a Rhode Island Red low in the pecking order, got her vent torn up by the other chickens in December. It’s healing well now. Angel is, well, Angel, always on the prowl for food and furry or feathered things to chase. For 2011, I want to try to post every week.

 

Waiting September 21, 2010

Filed under: chicken feed,chickens,cooking,garden,Spinach,Swiss Chard — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 6:01 pm

Three spinach have sprouted, and I seeded some Swiss Chard. The chickens started eating from a 50-lb bag of layer feed Monday. They go through it quickly. The carrots came up already. I’m surprised when people complain of the long germination rate of carrots. Mine always come up within a week or so.

Last Friday, I came home and made some pasta to use up some of the eggs sitting around.

Pasta dough


Fettucine

It was very good and thick.

 

Germination! September 14, 2010

Filed under: chickens,garden,seeds — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 7:55 pm

of alsike clover – or something like it. I’m still waiting on the spinach and carrots. The chickens have been feasting on old boiled sweetcorn. They pick it absolutely clean within minutes – not one scrap is left. There’s an occasional squawk as someone accidentally pecks a comb or head instead of the corn.

 

Garden doings September 10, 2010

Filed under: garden,seeds — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 8:08 pm

This past week I transplanted our leggy fig tree into a bigger pot and today I also sowed some alsike clover for overwintering as a cover crop in some really clayey soil. You can practically make porcelain and clay pots with it. I will sow some chard as well as spinach tomorrow, and see if I can get a fall crop of sugar snap peas. As long as the critters and my chickens don’t dig them up and eat them, I think it should be fine. Then again, this year has been a year of wacky weather, so we’ll see what we get.

Update: I finished sowing about 15 spinach, and the rest of the Dragon Purple carrots.

 

Pesto! September 4, 2010

Filed under: chickens,garden — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 8:13 pm

I severely cut back my basil plants today and made pesto. It was good, but a bit too creamy for my taste. I probably added too much nuts. The chickens have been giving us about four eggs a day now, but they’ve been leaping up on my containers and digging for worms. :(. I will need to confine them in the dog kennel that we have currently set up.

The beans are blossoming and the figs are taking their sweet time. There are 2 more tomatoes on the vine, but they’re smaller than a doll’s head. There was another one, but it disappeared. Methinks that the chickens pecked it off and ate it.