Garden Delights

I love to garden and I know many of you do as well. (The worst part is the weeding, but the mulch this year has helped keep that to a minimum.) There are many things I love about gardening. I love to dig in the dirt, plant the seedlings or seeds, watch them grow, and the best part when you get to harvest. I also love watering. It’s a serene and peaceful time where I just chill, hold the water hose, and spray the ground and plants. It’s a time I can zone out and just listen to the sounds around me and watch the animals play. Walking though the plants gives me a sense of accomplishment as well.

Big squash plats

I enjoy helping the plants like the cucumbers find their spot to climb the fence…

big cucumber plats

And its fun trying to find the little cucumbers so you know where to watch for the harvest…

baby cucmber

And see them grow…

cucumber

It gives you purpose to try to keep the tomatoes contained in their cages…

big tomato plants

Along with the tomatillos….

1 tomotillo

And the pretty flowers on the plants, like the tomatillos, are so pretty to watch come up, as you know there will be a pod or veggie there soon…

flower tomotillo

The squash plants this year are taking over my space between the tomatoes and I am anxiously waiting a zucchini from those blooms…

flower squash

The tomatoes will be abundant this year as there are baby green ones all over the place…

baby tomatoes

And some that are already getting big…

Big tomatoes

My peppers are a little further behind, but I see some coming in now so I can’t wait for them to use in a stir-fry or salad…

baby peppers

The babies have seemed to enjoy watching from their pen close by my garden…

baby chicks

And the big girls are anxiously awaiting scraps from the garden to be thrown their way…

big chicks

Oh, what a hopeful time of year for the garden as well as for my waiting pantry and freezer- which are awaiting sliced peppers to freeze for the winter, cans of tomatoes, and combining may of these veggies for salsa (which usually gets canned as well for the winter).

1 baby cucumber

Anyone have any ideas for things to do with cucumbers outside of pickles, tomatoes/cucumber/onion salad, regular salads, or snack item? I am looking to get creative as I have in a few day picked over 10 already and there are triple or more the that are coming in in the vine already. Ideas welcome 🙂

And back again…

I know I just posted about the looks of spring coming to our area. I was looking forward to some nicer weather and the wind to not be so much of a bother.

tulips

But today I woke up to this… snow, cold, wind 😦 The ground, deck, and all were covered.

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My flower beds were covered too and my poor budding flowers.

 

I guess old man winter is not ready to let go just yet. I hope it doesn’t keep my tulips and other flowers from blooming when spring does finally decide to stay. Weather says possibly more snow tonight. We shall see.

I Spy… Spring

A couple weeks ago or so it looked like this…

snow-logs

The boys were out playing in the snow…

baxter-snow

And jumping on the logs that hubby has been splitting for fire wood…

chase-log-snow

It was a winter wonderland. And today….

green

There were blooms and buds everywhere…

dafodill-buds

Pretty little flowers…

purple-flowers

Of many colors…

yellow-flower

Buds pushing through for daffodils…

buds

So many flowers coming through the ground…

flowers

The chickens were all over the place and loving the nicer weather…

chickens

And I have been enjoying their increase in egg production. Its not really “warm”, but defiantly not “cold”. Its hubbys kind of weather and we’ve been getting out in the yard getting things done. Happy for more “spring like” weather!

 

 

Sunny day… Chasing the clouds away

Today was another sunny day! We had to take advantage of it as Mr. Weatherman says it’s going to rain all day tomorrow.

The chickens discovered today one of our fence posts had come loose and they showed us they know how to try to get out… that’s fixed now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was reading a post the other day (I’m sorry to say I forgot who it was – if it’s you let me know) the lady writing it was sharing her black dog loved to lay in the sun…

We have one of those...

My wonderful hubby finished weed eating the fence line… it looks good now.

The only problem today again was the wind. It blew all night and knocked things over. Today it is making sure it tries its hardest to blow the leaves off the trees in surprise attacks.

I worked in the garden and placed my new wire trellis I got to let my cucumbers climb on this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My onions are coming up and I am so excited to see the fruits of my labor starting to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am so looking forward to the weather staying nice and being able to put the rest of my plants in so they can grow big.

 

Baxter and Chase wanted to wish all my followers, readers, and visitors a Happy Weekend !

P.S. Anyone know what song and from what show my blog title came from today?

 

10 Reasons I LOVE chickens

Today was a beautiful Virginia day 🙂 The sun was shining, it was warm (but not hot), my husband was out mowing the lawn, the chickens were out pecking at the grass clippings, and the dogs were playing. It was one of those days that make you smile and feel blessed. As I was outside watering the garden and my newly potted vegetable seeds I was thinking of all the reasons I love to live on some land and why I love having chickens. I thought I would share my top 10 reasons I love chickens.

10. The eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Chicken noises

8. Raising the chickens from babies

 

 

 

 

 

7. Knowing my eggs are fresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. They way “the girls” run to us when we go into the yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. My egg basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. They eat bug of all kinds (especially the stink bugs we hate)

3. Collecting the eggs

If she will let me 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The comedy of watching the chickens in the yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Did I mention the Eggs ???

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favorite reasons for having chickens? If you don’t have chickens, yet want them, what is your top reasons for wanting chickens?

 

A day for the birds…

Today is sunny and bright… the flowers survived the winds and the chickens are out in the yard looking for food.

The only problem is we were under a freeze warning last night and it is COLD today… Hopefully it will warm up so the dogs will go out and play. It would be a nice day to bundle up and go for a walk and see what new things are growing or blooming though.

I will be off to work in a little while…Do any of you have any fun plans for the day indoors or out?