We are finally feeling "Spring-y" around here.  The temp.s have been so crazy this year we never knew what to expect, but daytime 50's have managed to appear most days for a few weeks now, so it looks like Spring has arrived.

To celebrate, I put the girls to work.  Together, we managed to get all the garden beds ready for planting next month.  There was a lot of cooing, a whole lot of squawking at each other, and a few battles for worms, but all in all it was a successful work party.  While we were in the garden, Jay gave the coop a Spring cleaning complete with vacuuming and new straw and litter.  The girls couldn't stop talking about it.

Want to know my secret on how to get the girls to go where I want them too?  Freeze dried meal worms.  They can't get enough of them.  When I first introduced them to the girls I shook the plastic package so they would start to associate the sound with the much anticipated treat.  Sure enough, all I have to do is give the package a shake-shake and they come running from wherever they've wandered off to.  I scatter a few on the ground and they think they've won the meal worm lottery.  Works like a charm.  You can get packaged meal worms at the home and garden centers with the bird feeding section.

Also, to celebrate Spring, we had a Sunday Spring bath-a-palooza.  This didn't go over so well with some (Cait and Jack) but Oliver and Emerson were lovin' it.  I try to give the cats a bath monthly, but the dogs get theirs weekly.  The big hit, of course, were the round of good-boy {and girl} treats immediately following the baths.

I've been working on my garden plan for this year.  Have you read Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte?  I'm using this as a guide for planting.  I've learned a couple of things already.  Tomatoes don't like to be moved.  Perfect!  I was struggling with where to put them in the rotation of succession planting, so now I know exactly where they'll be......where they were last year.  Also, planting garlic, carrots, borage, and basil in among the tomatoes helps with pest control as well as improved growth and flavor.  Another item learned - don't plant the tomatoes and corn by each other.  The same type of worm likes each of those plants.  Yikes!  I almost did exactly that this year.  Back to the drawing board.

Another goal I'm working on is to cook my way through the book The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger.  I've had this 473-page book in my collection for a few years but haven't yet attempted any of the recipes.  It's a collection of 300 favorite recipes of the author, and includes white breads, whole-grain breads, egg breads, hearth breads, rolls, quick breads, sweet breads, and more.  The one downfall of the book is it contains absolutely no photographs.  I do enjoy seeing a photo of what I'm about to make.  I googled her and found that she has a blog {here} so I'm hoping to find photos of some of the recipes.

Hoping all of you had a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!


mountain mama said...

hmmm...i'll have to remember that about freeze dried worms!

Snooks said...

I'm with you Staci. I like pictures in my cook books. Lots of them. Hubby and I are getting ready to get going in the garden this coming weekend. It is time. Love the pictures of the chickens. Their butts are so photographic. Course that seems to be the side I always get when taking pictures. They must know you have the camera out.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

daisy said...

Great tip about the chicks! Looking forward to hearing about your baking adventures! Have a wonderful week!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

The chickens look very happy after their treats. I have the book Carrots love Tomatoes, also Roses love Garlic by the same author...great books full of great ideas.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Yes Mountain Mama and Daisy - you're chickens will thank you for them!! Thanks Snooks - yes the behinds are what I get shown as soon as the camera lens is pointed their way. :) Alone again - I have seen that she has the second book. I'm thinking of adding it to my collection. Happy to hear it too is full of good ideas. Thanks!