Our weekend has been hot, humid, and all about working outside.
I finally got the chicken garden dug out and planted.
Now comes the waiting.
The girls check it all throughout the day, waiting to see a marigold or dandy green leaf emerge.

The girls aren't happy with the weather.
The lay in the shade and fan out their wings.
Poor things.
We set up their box fan today to give them a nice breeze.
We'll also be proactively treating for lice and mites since we now know the humidity brings them both out.

My garden is now fully planted.
We will have lettuce, mesclun, spinach, herbs, beets, celery root, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots {3 varieties}, peas {3 varieties}, beans {3 varieties}, radish {4 varieties}, potatoes {4 varieties}, asparagus, strawberries, summer squash {4 varieties}, cukes {3 varieties}, melons {5 varieties}, winter squash {3 varieties}, pumpkins {2 varieties}, corn {3 varieties}, tomatoes {10 varieties}, eggplant {2 varieties} and peppers {5 varieties}.
Yes, I got carried away with the tomatoes yet again.

Rhubarb is here!
Mine, however, is still very young, so I purchased quite a bit at the farmers market on Saturday.
I will be making Rhubarb Coffee Cake {recipe here}, Rhubarb Cake {recipe here}, Rhubarb Quick Bread {recipe here}, and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie (my FAVORITE) {recipe here}. 
I can't wait.
I'll probably purchase more next weekend to freeze for baking throughout the year.

While I worked on the chicken garden and our garden, Jay continued working on my garden shed.
I'm really hoping to be able to use it by the end of the month.

Tomorrow I will be in the kitchen baking!

Wishing you all a Happy Memorial Day!!


texwisgirl said...

poor hot chickies. it's been hot here too. mid-90s and humid!!! dogs appreciate the a/c as much as i do...

Cindy said...

Your garden beds are beautiful! And I love your chicken coup and chicken garden.

SouthCoast Guy said...

Are lice and mites common and how do you proactively treat? I have three hens of my own, this is the first time I have ever had chickens so i'm not sure what to expect...thanks!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I always plant way more toms than I need, but who can resist! Were building a garden shed also, started it this weekend, can't wait to see yours!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks texwisgirl and Cndy! SouthCoast Guy - yes, lice and mites come on quickly in this type of weather (hot and humid). Lice aren't so hard to get rid of, but last year we had a mite infestation that was all throughout our coop (in the ceiling, floor, and any crack or crevice you can imagine). Pre-treating the girls with either something like diatamaceous earth (sp?) which is a powder (you want the food grade since you're eating their eggs)or a regular flea and tick spray (we use Adams - small amounts).
Either can be used by putting under their wings, on the back of the neck and on their vent. Downsides to both: Diatamaceous earth is controversial because the thought is the small particles in it could damage their lungs (yours to so wear a mask). The spray because no one knows how long it takes to leave their system and if any residue remains (we stop eating their eggs for a few days although most people we know continue eating them).
Hope this helps!

Lilla said...

You garden looks amazing! And, a garden just for the chickens...what lucky chickens they are! You are going to be a busy bee this summer, harvesting, eating and preserving all of your bounty!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Sue I can't wait to see it finished either!! :) Thanks Lilla, yes it will be a busy summer but we'll enjoy it well into the next year.