This is the back garden. A couple of years ago, I took over another area, equal in size to this, just on the other side of the big gate. I will plant that one this weekend.
The next box has patty pan squash, and lots and lots of lettuces. Arugula, romaine, iceberg, mixed salad, spinach, to name a few.
That old cast iron antique sink I have used to hold soil for planting. But I am thinking about moving it and using it for something else. The old claw foot tub was given to me by my friend and when it was unloaded it was set upside down. I need at least 4 strong men to help me set it upright, and when I do, I have plans for that too. I have an active compost bin, that provides rich soil for my garden all year. Our old mailbox sitting atop the bin, holds garden tools, etc. I have placed mulch down on the ground to keep the weeds at bay, and also to help with mud. I have so far planted: dill, sage, parsley, chives, thyme, basil, cilantro, 4 types tomatoes, beets, green onions, white onions, arugula, several types lettuces, two types hot peppers, bell peppers, patty pan squash, Japanese eggplant, cucumbers, bush beans and probably a few I have forgotten.
In the front garden I will plant: sweet corn, sweet peas, sugar snap peas, cabbage, watermelons, cantaloupe, broccoli, swiss chard, pumpkins, and more.
Hopefully, I will once again have a very productive garden season! I worked from sun up to sun down. While I was doing this, Greg was working on the boat getting it ready to put it in the lake on April 02, for the summer season. He worked equally as hard. We were both pretty tuckered out. We sat down in the swing by the coop, with a cold drink, and a bag of fritos, watching the chickens bring themselves back home to roost.
They wanted some fritos!!!
These eggs are fantastic! The hens are providing us with about 10 eggs a day.
And speaking of eggs....our incubating experience is going along great! I started with 12 eggs. After one week, while candling them, two were clearly not fertile. I removed them. At week two, I fumbled one of them, and it cracked. I didn't know that you could tape them, and that they would still develop. I removed the egg, thinking it would surely die. The next evening, I was curious to see what the stage of development was, and I opened it. It was fascinating! I wish I had taken photos. There was indeed, a teeny, tiny chicken in there. I felt really bad that I didn't save it. If only I had known. At week 2 1/2, I removed two more eggs that were not developing. So I have 8 that seem to be developing. Although the darker shelled eggs, are so difficult to see inside when candling! We are set for hatching TOMORROW!!!!
Three are spoken for. I am so hoping they all hatch!!!
I will wrap it up today with a yummy dish for you to try! I saw this recipe on my friend Teresa's blog. Her daughter in law made this yummy dish for them, and it got two thumbs up. She provides the link to the recipe on her blog post, so you can go to her site, and find it. The web site also provides a printable format for the recipe.
It is cooked in a cast iron pan. You caramelize onions, then lay thinly sliced potatoes all over the onions. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove and place chicken breasts, or tenders over potatoes. There is a sauce made from Dijon mustard and lemon juice, and honey that goes over top of chicken. Sprigs of rosemary add a delicious layer of flavor, as well as aroma! It is baked again for another 20 minutes, then foil removed and placed under heat coil to brown for another 15 or so. My family loved it too. I made it with a salad of romaine and spinach, fresh strawberries, fresh pear, and I toasted and candied some pecans.
I threw some bell peppers, and avocado and parmesan cheese in there too. Tossed it in a pear gorgonzola dressing. To candy the pecans, I simply melted a bit of butter, whisked in some brown sugar, and then cooked for a couple minutes on stove top. Then poured onto foil lined baking sheet, and put in oven for about 8 minutes. Cool a bit, and then drop into salad. DELISH!!
I hope you go over to Teresa's blog and say hi, and try this recipe! It was a winner, winner, chicken dinner!!
I will be back soon with a thrifting post.
Happy Spring everyone!