Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here so I figured I’d post some updates.
1) Bunny started laying eggs! I know – you have all been loosing sleep over this but tonight you can get some good sleep. The story of Bunny’s eggs is a great life lesson for me.
Being an Americauna, Bunny is to lay (most commonly) green eggs or (medium commonly) blue eggs. Rarely do you get pink eggs from them. So for months I would go down to the coop, collect the eggs and there would be no blue or green eggs. We thought Bunny was a dud, but we loved her just the same. Did some research and found that 30 weeks is about the time Americauna’s start laying. 30 weeks came and went and no eggs.
Then one Saturday in November I was down doing some coop management and I saw Bunny get up off of an egg in the nesting box. I had assumed that she was “practicing” her broodiness. The egg that she got off of was similar to the other light brown eggs my other hens lay. Once she hopped happily past me and out of the coop, I picked up the egg – it was warm. She had just laid that egg! I picked it and ran in the house like I had just found the last Golden Ticket to show everyone. The egg was “pinkish” with white speckles! I decided to look back over the other eggs we had stored up and sure enough, there were more in there like this new one. Bunny had been laying all along, just a different color.
I had completely overlooked these eggs because my brain was looking for a different color. The life lesson I got from that is to open my eyes to WHAT IS and NOT WHAT MIGHT BE. I am so grateful to Bunny for teaching me this!
The Bunny eggs are on the bottom left 2 eggs.
I bought myself a couple of Aerogardens and have some Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Jalepenos, red peppers and some Vinca flowers growing. There is also some lettuces and spinach growing in another one in the back room. I’m experimenting with one of the gardens that has tomatoes in it – trying a “bonsai” style of maintenance. I’m trying to develop a healthy, strong stalk by cutting their tops off and extraneous limbs. What I would like to see is the plant put it’s energy into the stalk and bush out more than reach for the stars. We’ll see what happens, but they are all off to a great start.
3) It’s that time of year that gardeners love most – SEED CATALOG TIME! I have been reading a book (I will purposely not include it’s title for reasons you will understand in a moment) about a family who moved to a farm on the east coast and decided to live by eating everything local either by buying local or growing their own. In the book it talked about GMO’s and anyone who knows me knows that Monsanto and DuPont and the others are my arch enemies. It was stated in the book that the big GMO companies were buying up smaller seed sellers and using the previous brand to pimp their own frankenseeds. It was said that Monsanto purchased Territorial Seed Company. I about had a heart attack and decided to check into that to be absolutely sure. Well, it ended up being a lie started on the internet. WHEW!
So that got me thinking that I can only trust heirloom companies and decided to check around to see which company or companies were going to get my money. There aren’t that many out there that are trustworthy so I knew it would be easy to make a decision. I decided on the following:
At the time of this writing I just learned that Ed Hume Seeds are from Puyallup, Wa and are on the safe list. HUH! How cool is that? http://www.humeseeds.com/
So, I’ll be getting rid of the other seeds that I bought that are not safe seeds. I’m thinking FIRE is a good way to get rid of them. Can’t compost them!
My springtime plans include building my own standing vegetable garden, worm bins and seed rack drying system. The VegTrug gave me the idea, but it is not tall enough for me to work comfortably. So I’ll be building my own. My plan this year is to grow only what I am good at (tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes) and grow lots of them. But I also plan to have a FUN garden space where I try out new things. Rainbow Chard and Kale are going to go in those beds.