the growing chicks

We've been fortunate yet again to have a beautiful weekend.  A bit humid today after morning showers, but all-in-all, it's been nice.

With the nice weather comes another busy weekend.  Friday night we ended up mowing the grass at 8:30 p.m. which has resulted in too many mosquito bites to count.  Yes, I should have used bug spray - I didn't even think of it.

We were able to revise the second outdoor coop's netting, which is what we use to keep the chickens in and the wildlife out.  The first outdoor coop is covered with a metal roof so they have a place to go in the rain.  The second outdoor coop, however, is for sun-bathing, which they enjoy regularly, so we wanted to protect them but not use anything opaque.  A large bundle of tree netting became the perfect solution.  J put up a rope system to hold it up and then stapled it to the wooden frame.  The Coop Girls love it.

On a sad note, we lost Coop Girl Trudy Saturday night.  She was one of the older girls and likely died of natural causes.  When J went to put them in for the night he found her laying in the second outdoor coop, right where she'd been sunbathing an hour earlier.  She's been buried with her sisters who passed before her.

The garden is doing well.  We are getting loads of cucumbers and the squash is just beginning to appear every other day.  I've had a bit of a struggle with beans this year which have always grown exceptionally well for us.  I've planted 10 more plants for Fall harvest.  I've also re-planted sugar snap peas for Fall harvest since our summer supply is just about over.  I think I've finally harvested the last of the asparagus.  I don't think it's ever lasted this long into summer before.  The broccoli is getting close - maybe another week, the pepper plants are loaded with teeny tiny fruit and we began picking juicy red tomatoes on Friday.  They are so delicious!!

We canned more blueberry jam on Saturday and I'll be making a Blueberry-Cream Cheese Tart tomorrow night with the last of the blueberry stash J picked.  I'm hoping to can Pickles and Vanilla-Peaches next weekend but we'll see if we have time to do that.  As soon as my carrots are ready I also want to try Carrot Cake Jam.  I think it would be delicious stirred into yogurt or as a topping on a piece of grilled pound cake.

On the menu this week:  Chicken A'La King with rice; Grilled Burgers with Potato Salad and Grilled Corn; BBQ Pork Chops with Orzo, Salad and Marinated Cucumber Slices; Grilled Trout with Rice and Sauteed Sugar Snaps; and Beef, Pasta & Mozzarella Bake with Salad.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Have you done any canning yet this summer?

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~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Sorry about your Coop Girl Trudy, but I'm glad that she had a good life, and you had a good weekend--Your garden looks great!

daisy g said...

So sorry to hear about Trudy. She was a beauty and it must give you some comfort knowing that she had such a great life.

I hope you'll show your coop enclosure with a bit more detail. It's hard for me to picture how it looks. It's wonderful having a handyman around, isn't it?

Your photos are captivating, as always. Enjoy your week!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a busy weekend in chores and in your garden! I'm sorry to hear about Trudy, but I know that she had a wonderful life. Hugs!

September Violets said...

Sorry to hear about Trudy :( Your vegetable crops look great, and you'll be busy with all your canning plans. Enjoy! Wendy x

Michaele said...

So busy! I just love the barred rocks! Your menu sound better than any restaurant! You inspire me. : )

born imaginative. said...

Always takes my breath away to lose a girl. Sorry. :(

We got our first cucumber yesterday!

Nicole and Andrew said...

your summer garden looks great. sorry one of your girls died, its always a mystery when one just dies. we have had a couple die like that and now they are improving our soil.

beemorsefarm said...

We have canned both bluebery and strawberry jam and syrup. We use the syrup in yogurt, on pancakes and waffles and, of course, ice cream. We are experiment with only sweetening our syrup with honey and it's worked out really well. I think the strawberry syrup taste just like a fruit rollup, YUM! I am so sorry to hear about Trudy. It's always hard to lose a pet. I hope your week is going well :)

Caitlin said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of Coop Girl Trudy... that can't be easy :(

I have a chicken-related question. I've noticed from going to the local farms that many chickens right now are bare-bottomed. Like their feathers are all plucked out.. then I noticed the bare bottoms in your little chicks. Is this molting? I'm so curious now!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you all! It's never easy to lose an animal but yes, she had a very good life. She was a sweet sweet girl. :)