Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I scribbled what I could, but am depending on the help of my fellow students to make sure I logged this correctly. I'll be posting Part II tomorrow, as we had covered many plants, and I need to go over my notes, verify spelling, and double check information. (worm not edible) :)
FOUR of our hens are now laying. As expected, when the hens first lay, their eggs are usually smaller than usual until they gradually increase in size (see eggs to far left.) The white egg shown for comparision is a large store bought egg. Imagine our surprise when our 4th hen, Golda, layed this whopper to the far right! This is her first egg! I have never held a chicken egg this large or as heavy, except for the duck eggs.
We are now wondering if it is either a double yolk, or maybe we can expect this size of egg each morning. Another hen of ours lays in the afternoon, so I'll be comparing after we collect. Since the chickens are different breeds, we're finding it much easier in identifying the owner of each egg.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Every morning my chickens look forward to their freshly picked salad.
Thanks to nature, "salad" greens grow in abundance in my yard! The other day I was showing my husband my newly sprouted plants in the greenhouse and he inquired about the weeds. I patiently explained to him that I had no plans to get rid of the weeds. Our chickens were enjoying them too much, so let them grow! Allowing a part of our yard to weed has also brought us an abundance of wild honeysuckle and two Mulberry trees! For the past few days I kept wondering WHO was spraying on the perfume. Never realizing that the aroma of honeysuckle was wafting through my open window! What heaven!
Tomorrow, I'm off hiking with a small group of people. We're taking a course in native herbs, that can be eaten and used for medicinal purposes. We'll wrap up the day by eating what we find, and cooking over an open fire. I'm especially looking forward to being able to identify most of what is growing locally. I somehow have a feeling I'll be eating Dandelions tomorrow.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Recently I've signed up with YOURGARDENSHOW.COM and entered the heirloom seed contest. This year, (drought or not) I'm getting serious with my gardening, as well as taking a special interest in growing my own medicinal herbs, teas, seed saving, and collecting/growing heirloom varieties.
Although I've entered the contest in a non competitive frame of mind, I do feel that it's a win/win situation for me. The website allows me to meet fellow gardeners, share ideas, as well as being inspired.
You can find me on the website as, My Backyard Paradise, or check back here.
As for other updates, my daughter and I were recently talking about how 2 years ago today, we were backpacking the Middle East. My how time flies!
This week, my daughter is embarking on another homeschool journey, and is headed for Germany. This round, I'm staying home and letting father and daughter bond. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to spring clean while they're traveling, paint some rooms, take care of our pets, and work on my garden. (I'm still planning a return trip to the Middle East!)
The other news is that I am currently editing my book - Pyramids and the Promised Land, and hope to have it available on Amazon.com soon. I'll be keeping the travel report on this blog, but the book goes into more details, and is the reason why it's been taking me "forever" to edit and rewrite. I'm anxious to get it finished so I can focus on my next book.
More news later!