Wednesday, June 6, 2012

catching up

The days are rolling by so quickly now, I can hardly keep up!


We're getting ready to celebrate baby's first birthday this weekend with family and friends.


This little meaty chick suffered a rather gruesome neck injury a few days ago (still a mystery as to exactly how), and is spending much time with me while I nurse him as best I can. He gets lots of attention, saline rinses and antibiotic ointment on his wound, and food and water all to himself in the cozy brooder-turned-sick bay. And recess time out on the grass, where he follows me around everywhere like a lost pup.


We are still in the midst of a building and planting frenzy, and my insane overly optimistic planting schedule has fallen by the wayside. Please, dear frost, come very late this year.

The wind has been relentless, snapping a handful of my tomato and pepper plants right in half in a matter of minutes. Good thing I still have more to plant out!

How are you faring, friends, as we head into summer?

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  1. Insane gardening plans...you make me smile.

    Matt is digging a new bed for tomatoes transplants as we speak. Hopefully the wind here is kinder to our little plants.

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    1. It's that pre-spring planning madness! Gets me every time ;)

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  2. Relentless is right. This wind is driving me crazy! And it's drying everything out so much.

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    1. I once read a study about constant wind making people more angry/aggressive. I think they're right!

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  3. I'm with you on the wind... not sure why, but I just find it intolerable. And with the heat, it's sort of like living inside of a blast furnace!

    My poor peas have nearly blown over, and I've got some peppers and tomatoes that still haven't been put in the ground yet because I don't think they can handle the wind. Fortunately today seems fairly calm so hopefully I'll make some progress this afternoon.

    Your raised planter bed looks great BTW!

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    1. A blast furnace! Yes - that is the perfect description! Hope you got your plans in the ground safely :)

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  4. Have a fun weekend celebrating your little one's birthday! :)
    The wind is one thing that really makes me cranky. When it is especially bad here, I have to water the garden twice a day to keep the plants hydrated.

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    1. Yes, I've noticed I sometimes need to do that, too. And half the time the wind blows the water right back at me - at least it keeps me collect off! ;)

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  5. I can't believe she is one already!! Have a lovely joyful celebration! I can relate on the wind although we are into Winter here now....the wind has been whipping through us and knocking the vegie patch about a fair bit! Good luck with your little chick xx

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  6. That planter bed looks like just the ticket. I am so sadly lagging in all I had envisioned for a garden this year. But we just do what we can do...thankfully veggies can be bought as well as grown!

    Happy birthday to that sweet girl...hope you have a very fun day!

    Mia

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    1. Oh, Mia, I remember being so very pregnant this time last year that I could hardly bend down to weed or harvest! You're still growing things plenty - just of the baby variety ;)

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  7. So very curious about the cardboard at the bottom of your beds—love seeing how others garden!

    Just starting to unwind after teaching through a busy school year. Enjoying the craft room plus garden a lot—things in Zone 9 are really starting to produce.

    Enjoy the upcoming celebration!

    Lara

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    1. Hi Lara! The cardboard is kind of an experiment (I like to do that a lot in the garden), as a natural weed barrier. Although most of the weed seeds are now likely blowing in from the top ;) I'll do a proper post about those beds soon.

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  8. Hello-
    Just found your blog via SouleMama. Beautiful. Your life, living the simple life in all it's complexities speaks dearly to the journey I am also enjoying.
    All the best to you,
    Mariah

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  9. Your beds look like the ones we constructed when we moved onto our property seven years ago. We tried some with plain lumber painted for protection and some with thin cedar boards. After seven years, all are rotting away. This winter we re-built two with cinder blocks (http://sustainingsimplicity.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/work-day-one/). We'll see how that works. I also do the hardware cloth and weed barrier below, although I often use recycled newspapers from my job. :) Hope yours bring you many years of productive gardens!

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  10. Around here in Texas it has gotten really hot in the last few days....and the grasshoppers have arrived. It will be difficult to fight the destruction they do. Hope all goes well with your garden...try to pace yourself.

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  11. Happy birthday to your sweet baby! We'll be doing a 1st birthday party this weekend! :O)

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  12. Poor chicken. Neck injury's are the worse. I like how calm your dog is around the chicken.

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