Iris Time With Chickens

by Daisy on 04/25/2015

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Another overnight rain.

The garden slurped it up with gusto. Especially in the spring, when if it rains, it pours, I’m reminded of the value of raised beds, whether in boxes or in rows. Nothing gets submerged in puddles, nothing gets washed to oblivion, no matter how much rain the garden gets.

There’s a reason spring rains are so important, of course: the newly planted seeds and starts need so much water now. Even one week of sun and they get thirsty-looking. Less, even, four or five days and they seem to want a drink. And there’s nothing like a good, soaking rain to a plant. It doesn’t compare to any attempt at watering, at least in my garden.

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On Monday, 5 new chicks are set to arrive. It’s been a cool spring as well as a rainy one, so I’m glad I scheduled them this late so they’ll have less need of the heat lamp before they’re big enough to stay warm and the nights have warmed up, too.

I’ll be sure and post pics of the new fluff balls. Until then, here are a couple of shots of the big ladies, most of whom are six years old this spring.

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Here’s hoping for lots of regularly-spaced rain, blue skies in between, and happy, healthy plants and livestock!



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farmkiti April 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Love your flowers! And you have beautiful chickens. Good luck with the new fluff-balls you’re expecting. You probably don’t know this, but I’m using you as my gardening “other self.” I don’t have a garden right now, no room, condo, etc. Bad back, etc. But the good news is we’re now searching for a house with a real yard, so maybe later I’ll be able to put in some raised beds (like at waist level for my back and to keep the dog out of them) and can have my flowers and stuff. But for now I get to “garden” through you. Hope you don’t mind – I’m sending good vibes! And I love what you’ve done so far. 🙂

Daisy April 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm

farmkiti–I’m honored to be your gardening proxy! We got lots of ripe strawberries and lettuce today and are going out to pick lemon balm and peppermint for tea later. (I wish I could share it with you!) I like your idea of raised beds. I’m sure it will save you lots of frustration later. Love the good vibes! Need them!

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