It’s a great time of year to be out in the garden. Granted it was a beautiful non-winter, second fall, whatever you want to call it, but the weather right now… is perfect. Mid 50s at night, peaking in the mid 80s during the day. It just couldn’t get better!
I’ve started cleaning out bed 4, it is the next bed to get turned over and converted to the ollas. That means the remnants of the EPS, carrots, and some bolting bib lettuce all need to come out. The giant EPS has been getting stripped of its leaves all week as I’ve been feeding them in bunches to my hungry chickens. The giant stalk came out this morning. Check out the root ball on this thing!
Carrots have been coming out in small batches, but there needs to be a big batch this weekend. I pulled a few this morning and realized there is a lot of work to do here. It’s a good thing, we use the carrots for chicken stock, soup, and just munching with some homemade ranch. So good. I planted 12 square feet of them this year. I’m planning an increase next year up to 16 square feet. Love the carrots.
The last thing in the bed is some beautiful bib lettuce that has mostly bolted and has gotten bitter. The chickens don’t seem to mind much. They munch away on it all the same. They’ve been getting A LOT of greens lately. That’s the great thing about the garden, nothing really goes to waste. We either eat it straight away or we eat it in egg form. J Of course the manure from the chickens goes into the compost and makes it SO RICH. Great stuff!
Are you going to get out and get your hands dirty this weekend?
Thanks for sharing your great gardening. The pictures are great.
I’m not sure about the “great” gardening part 🙂 But thank you!
Your weather sounds so awesome and I’m hoping we get consistent weather like this soon. Yesterday and today were nice, but then it is supposed to get cold again. I plan on getting out this evening and yanking the few weeks that are starting to come up in my beds. I have some things planted and want to check on them. We’ve not been brave enough to do year round gardening yet, but perhaps we shall try this fall :). I bet your chickens have been staying pretty happy.
You know, it’s kind of funny. I don’t know if the chickens are ever “happy”. I would say they range from “angry” to “fed”. Hahaha… of course, I’m not a bird fan to begin with, so… I do like fresh eggs though. 🙂
Haha! I think “fed” for chickens is happy 😉
I wish I could get my hands dirty, but the only thing I could do is shovel snow off my beds. 🙂
Sorry, Judy. 😦 Soon though!
Jones, March is definitely a transition month here in Nebraska. The beginning of the month still smacks of winter but by the end Spring is beginning to show itself. I will most likely have to cover the cabbages the next couple days as the temps will be falling down to lower 20s. I’m not too worried though as cabbage is one tough vegetable and I still have plenty under the grow lights if I need to replant. Same with the onions. The lettuce and radish seeds will sprout when ever they feel like it.
The weather pattern has inverted and now returns to warmer weather from the couple days of cold. The Winter polar vortex has gone back to the northern pole and the southern winds are prevalent once again.
Have a great day in the garden.
Man, you guys have WEATHER back in the Midwest. Here we’re either blazing hot, or not quite so hot. We don’t really get WEATHER.