Saturday, July 25, 2009

Garden Update and Farmer's Market

We attended the Friday evening market, to see our friend the Birdhouse Man. Just because he is kind, and Amilia had admired a particular birdhouse and told him her favorite color was green...he had made her a custom bird house, and we were to pick it up. It is grand!Her favorite color. Outhouse with copper roof. Double staircase. Decorative moss. Little cats sleeping under the stairs. A cute little snail sneaking off the corner. Stained roof, base, and outhouse. 19 inches long, 8 inches wide, and the house is on stilts, so stands 15 inches from the base to its apex. And, of course, since bird nesting season is over, the Playmobils will be in residence from now until next spring. Maybe longer.Birdhouse Man also gave us more of his garden bounty: 2 lbs, 1 oz. lemon cucumber and 8 lbs, 9 oz. zucchini. Thank you Birdhouse Man! In return, we took him a large bag of moss from Deer Palace. He uses it on his sculptures and bird houses, but he has to go collecting. We have an abundance, so we thought it would be a help for him to have more on hand.

From our own garden, we collected a last 10 oz. cabbage, a 6 oz. yellow summer squash, a 9 oz. zucchini, 10 ozs sungold tomatoes, and 1 lb., 5 ozs purple cherokee heirloom tomatoes. The tomatoes are turning color finally! These picked are almost completely ripe, and the vine needed thinning - - placing in a brown paper bag with a banana for a few days.

And, two of the girls have given us a baker's dozen eggs this week. Numbers 12 and 13 arrived today. They are still the smaller first eggs, but one of them is almost full sized. We finally named the chickens. There is Olive (named by me), the very mild mannered and very productive layer. She is surprisingly at the bottom of the pecking order and hangs out alone very often. She lays light brown, creamy colored eggs.

Big Mama (who we thought might be Big Daddy, but wasn't) has been named Mary by Mr. Nature. I like to call her Big Mary. She is at the top of the pecking order, just under Mr. Nature and myself. Her eggs are a darker brown than Olive's.

Then, there is Daisy (named by Amilia). She is the skittish one, much like Amilia herself. Scared of her own shadow and not too keen on outsiders. Or insiders, for that matter. She has not laid an egg yet, as far as we can tell. If she has, we have not found her hiding spot. It has been fun to follow her around in an attempt to sleuth it out of her.

The coop is in progress...Basically, a 36" cube.The front door with hinged opening.
Linoleum on the floor will protect the wood and make the bottom easier to clean. Alas, we are not carpenters, and it will be a humble little abode. But it will be an accomplishment for me, and it will be safe and dry and nesty.

Lastly, some poison has been sprayed. Some more wasps have died. The vigil continues.

Happy Saturday to all.

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