Yes, yes, I need to squeeze in an update, don’t I? So it took all of that snow two days to melt, and the garden came out of it better than it was! So good to have a nice big snow drop all that water, because it is soooo stinkin dry out here!
Now it’s been raining pretty good for three days, and everything is really popping! Just about all of the beans have second and third leaves popping. The broccoli is doing fabulous! We clipped the first leaves back on the kale, and fed them to the chickens. We have about 22 or so zucchini plants in the ground from our own seeds from last years plants.
For the zucchini we saved seeds two ways last year. We harvested some from the last zucchini out of the garden, and let them dry on a paper plate, and then we just let some get tremendously big on the plants, and then when they felt all woody and the plants were dying off, we cut them off, and then stored them like we did the potatoes over winter. We get those cardboard flats from the store, like PowerAide and Coca-Cola come in, and you just lay them out so they aren’t touching, and then keep them in a cool place.
Our whole house stays pretty cool over the winter, so mostly I just kept them in the kitchen. Next year we’ll save shelf space under the basement stairs though, because some of the potatoes we saved were near a heater that we turn on in the kitchen on below freezing days, and they started sprouting in January, but then we moved the heater, so they grew really really slow for a couple of months. They are in the ground now, and coming up just fine though!
But, back to the zucchini… the seeds on the paper plate we’re horribly horribly dry, so we haven’t test sprouted any of those yet. BUT when we cut open the woody zucchinis that we saved, the seeds in there already had a wee little white shoot coming out of them so we got them into some dirt!!!! Three days later we had 22 out of 24 plants coming up! And we still have three big woody zucchinis to cut open, and aren’t even half way through the first one! It’s all a grande experiment though, so we’ll see what they produce, and we’ll tell ya how it goes. I think we might be buried in chini soon! 😀 That’s good news for the chickens, because I hope to cut their feed cost down to next to nothing when we have zucchini, sunflowers, and pumpkins and other squash to feed them. Oh, and the crab apples too! The guy at the nursery told us if we had a crab apple tree it would pollinate all the other apple trees wonderfully! Then I found out from another source that they have two crab apple trees, and that helps feed their chickens! Win win!
The Pi Day chickens…. are getting BIG!!! We are going to introduce them to the Memorial Day Weekend flock this weekend! Should be interesting! I’ve gotten lots of advice on how to do that, so they don’t go all crazy and try to kill each other. The Pi Day ones are white though, so the Reds are gonna know somethings up. They might be dumb, but they ain’t that dumb! So pray for a happy pecking order!
Ok, tomorrow (or the next day) will be a knit and crochet blog. I’ve been working on special projects again! I am so excited!!!! Kind of happy to be finished with the big projects, and we have dr appointments for most the rest of the week also, so I’m going to go back to baby hats and small little knits for a bit of a break!