WOCU: Outdoors

This is my Week Of Catching Up and I’ll start with a few things that have been happening at home – outdoors.

The garden is beginning to crank out some food. Radishes were the first up – they have a 22 day cycle. I will admit to knowing just about nothing when it comes to gardening so the lessons are being learned quickly. I know I’m going to have a few downfalls due to thinning errors (from pulling plants out by their roots and disturbing their neighbors, not thinning early enough or not thinning at all) and I’m trying to organically fight the bugs and the bugs might be winning. With that said, there is some good food out there (mostly greens), great herbs of the catnip, dill, parsley, chives, thyme and lavender varieties, and a few experiments (stevia and tomatillos to name the most glaring). I have planted more radishes in hopes of eating another handful (I didn’t know that each plant would only provide one radish – yes, another lesson) and will plant them in 10 day increments in the future. Now I’m working on digging up lots and lots more space for late Winter/early Spring planting…. I should probably go rent a tiller.

The chickens have grown. Their voices have changed, their poop has gotten bigger, they’re eating more food and they’re readying to lay some eggs! I’ve been cooking with more eggs to find some favorite dishes. Quiche is landing near the top of my list, but I’m not sure the rest of the Kings would agree. They might be more frittata/strata/hash type people. No worries… we’ll find a few things to settle on. I think we have another 3-6 weeks before the ladies start laying. We better get to building those nesting boxes.

And here’s a glimpse of our fire pit. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s had a few fun evenings. We have, of course, roasted many many marshmallows, been bitten by way too many mosquitos and ran from the ants which have an enormous home nearby. The future of our fire pit is bright, with benches to seat a good sized group and roasting sticks piling up in the corner… we will see more of you.

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  1. Carl and Rita

    Enjoy your pic’s and seems that the chicks have definitely grown since our last visit….Your garden is doing great considering the late start you had and the cool summer start….what u have been able to harvest looks Fab….keep the great attitude and the next garden will be even better…We have struggled this year as well….seemed to have the best luck with potted lettuce / herb gardens and our new raspberries are doing well…looking for a bumper crop next season….Will be seeing u soon….Huggs…Auntie R and Uncle C…

  2. Laura, you are forever an inspiration to us all…you tackle things you have never done before with such a possitive perspective and you always seem to come out on top. I love it… and your chicken are beautiful, as well as that quiche… try mixing it up, one things I do with quiche is mix it up, use different cheeses, and other things, don’t let the reciepe book guide you all the way, just the basics, like how many eggs and how much cream… then toss in what sounds good. One fav is that the kids actually loved when they were growing up was hamburger with cheedar and corn, and of course freash herbs. But I do all kinds of things know.

    Keep up the great work, and keep posting those pictures. Always a joy to see your art.
    Barbara