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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Planting perennials

Springtime...time to put in some perennials! I love planting perennials...give them a good start, and they'll provide food for years. Much less work than tending tomatoes and peas! This year we're planting ostrich fern (for fiddleheads), gooseberries, and bush cherries. We also added more plants to existing perennial areas: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and hazelburts. If you have any garden space at all, consider giving a spot to a food-producing perennial. There are so many choices; currents, grapes, hops, juneberries, cranberries, echinacea, thyme, sage, oregano, asparagus. And if you have a lot of space, you could plant apples, pears, plums, cherries, walnuts, maples. Hungry yet?!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It has been a roller coaster the last few days. Thursday: Mike at work in Burlington all day, Susie and boys traveled from Florida to Vermont. Mike picked us up at the airport at 11:30 PM. Arrived home exhausted at 1 AM to an apologetic note from a neighbor. Their dog got in with the chickens and killed most of our laying flock. Lost 22 of 29 birds. Friday: cleaned up carcasses, rounded up strays, and to our horror, found some badly injured survivors. Spent the day nursing hurt chickens in the bathtub. Our favorite rooster died despite our efforts. Shopped around for options to get another flock going. Saturday: picked up 20 pullets, nearly ready to lay eggs, from a farm an hour from us. So relieved that we don't have to start from chicks again. Euthanized a hen that obviously wasn't going to recover. Two other hurt chickens seem to be pulling through. Sunday: our ewe Hickory delivered 2 lambs. New chickens settling in well. Hurt chickens much improved. Farm life returning to normal....

Maybe now we can finish unpacking our luggage.