Monday, September 15, 2008

The garden.....

.....and some new additions.

This is my new favorite way to garden, It is a mix between a raised bed and a row bed. The rows are 2.5 feet wide and about 20 feet long. They are a bit higher than an average row. The benefits of gardening this way are that you can get so much more harvest. I have 32 plants on these rows, when a standard row may only hold about half that. Weeding is less and I have made the walk spaces virtually weed free by placing newspaper down them. I am very pleased with the garden.
I have planted two varieties of Kale, I LOVE kale!
Brussels Sprouts and not pictured are broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
The new planting of lettuce is doing well, just a few weeks away from salads. I have also planted cilantro, mint and spearmint in some containers. The weather has been fantastic and everything is growing well.
I also hand hatched my first eggs today. For whatever reason they were not hatching well under Broodie (momma hen). We lost one that had made it halfway out but the membrane dried up before it could get all the way out. There were two more eggs under Broodie that were chirping (there is nothing more amusing than an seemingly normal egg that chirps) so we brought them in and I helped them hatch. The above picture is of them after I had removed half of the shell.
Here they are just minutes after hatching
Here they are a few hours later. I suspect we will have hatching chicks for the next few days. I hope the rest of them have a better took me an hour to get these guys hatched and doing well.


Marius said...

nice gardens nice picture, tnx for share this! :)
i think this is your passion
greetings from italy

sravan said...

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rcsnickers said...

uh, thinking of you guys hatching the baby chicks. Too cute. What vegetable is Kale? Kala? I have never heard of that!

Audrey said...

Kale is a dark leafy green, best cooked by sauteing in a skillet with olive oil. Its a great source of vitamins...but if not cooked correctly can taste pretty aweful.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Audrey,
I have been thinking about you,hoping you all were doing ok. Looks like all is well,the garden looks great. The chicks are cool too. We got some chickens this summer and my 3 yr old dd will not leave them alone, so I hope they survive.
Georgiann MOM of 6

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Great garden.

Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29