Blog posts from September 2009

Organic chicken feed

Sep 30, 2009

Ok, you guys have been asking for organic feed, so I just placed an order or Organic Pullet Starter, Organic Layer Feed and Organic Corn today. We hope to get that in at North Haven Gardens within about a week. They will all be 50lb bags because after 6 months of haggling that is the only size I can get! Retail pricing for the feed will be around $60 a bag give or take (don't have final yet) and the corn around $50. So around a buck a pound for the organic. Still waiting on an eta but don't imagine it will be more than a week. We will still carry the conventional layer pellets and scratch. NHG carries lots of backyard chicken keeping supplies like handcrafted cedar arks, nesting boxes, feeders, waterers, supplements, food grade diatomaceous earth, books and more.

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It’s Midnight…and you’re still at work…

Sep 30, 2009

What's wrong with this picture?? I got here before 7am...still here....sigh. Inventory gone wrong....lol. Maybe I'll see bed by 2am if I'm lucky. Ah, ain't technology grand? LOL

Happy midnight surfing...

Praying Mantis

Sep 27, 2009

Mantis

What a nice surprise to find this gal hanging out on the hummingbird feeder next to the front door.

Time to Plant: Broccoli, lettuce, fava bean seeds

Sep 26, 2009

Greens

Now that temperatures have started to dip, especially at night, and the rain is falling (will it ever stop??? lol) you can go ahead and start seeds of cole crops directly in the garden. Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, mustard greens, kale and cauliflower. You can also direct seed fava beans, spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, sorrel and carrots. All of these seeds are going to be small, with Swiss chard and spinach being the largest of the greens, so don't bury them too deep. No more than a quarter of an inch deep. Fava beans are planted about 1-inch deep. Keep the soil surface moist for 7 to 10 days until germination. Remember, lettuce seeds need light to germinate so you will not bury the seeds under the soil. Simply sprinkle them onto the soil surface and pat them down. Because they have no soil cover, you'll have to take extra care that they stay moist until germination. You'll need to thin the seedlings after they emerge so that you don't have too many plants too close together. You can mix an organic veggie food into the soil before you plant your seeds.

“Think” KERA podcast show on chickens

Sep 23, 2009

Einstein

Hi all, if you missed the Think program yesterday on KERA 90.1, or if you're not local, they have a podcast of the show on their site. Good chicken info no matter where you live. There was a ton of information we never could get to and questions as well, but it was fun nonetheless.

Garden Center Magazine Sustainable Living Article

Sep 22, 2009

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Here is a nice little article put out by Garden Center Magazine...Einstein and Phyllis are so famous...LOL

Sustainable Living Article

I’ll be on “Think” on KERA 90.1 tomorrow, Tuesday at 1pm

Sep 21, 2009

Ok, I know I'm a HORTICULTURIST but all anyone wants to talk to me about these days is chickens! So, I'll be on "Think" tomorrow, Tuesday 9/22, at 1pm. KERA 90.1.

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Chickens are laying…more new eggs!

Sep 17, 2009

So it seems more of the gals have started kicking into gear while I'm on vacation...the neighbors on babysitting duty are taking photos for me. lol. At least one of the Ameraucanas is now laying...I have a feeling it's Pecker, since she looked like she was trying to do "the squat" the day before we left on our trip. I'm not sure if Phyllis has starting laying yet or not, it may just still be Einstein, who started laying last Friday.

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The two smaller ones are probably from Einstein, and the larger one on the left is from one of the Ameraucanas...Lonnie said it's the prettiest sage color, but that's really not showing up in the photo.

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They seem a little confused about where they're supposed to lay their eggs....lol...I think they're doing it everywhere except the roosting boxes.

Coopnew 

If you look real close...you'll see one little egg in some straw on the ground below the coop...lol

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Look at those beautiful orange yolks! All those good greens they eat. Plus, I add flax oil to their cook spaghetti...what's good for them is good for me! Commercial grocery store eggs??? NO THANKS!


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