28 May 2011 2 Comments
26 May 2011 6 Comments
Orchards are a big draw for deer but turtles?? We found this huge guy in with our apple trees this morning. It’s the first time we’ve seen a pond turtle up close. They normally hang out in the middle of the pond floating around. We once saw a guy stop a pickup truck on a bridge to move one of these out of the road. He picked it up and it turned it’s head around and bit the crap out of him. His heart was in the right place. :-)
24 May 2011 5 Comments
22 May 2011 2 Comments
Heirloom tomatoes aren’t self-pollinating, which is an issue when we grow them in our greenhouse through the cool months. We start our seeds in January in our dining room under lights then pot them up a few months later. They get moved into the greenhouse in April where they stay until after our last frost date in early May. During these later months, they are growing like crazy (taller than me) and start getting blossoms. Without insects, there is no pollination so we take that task on ourselves. A paintbrush goes from flower to flower and, by the time we move our plants to the back deck, we’ve got tomatoes!
20 May 2011 2 Comments
19 May 2011 1 Comment
Peel and slice beets into 1/2 inch wedges.
Place them on a roasting pan coated with olive oil and a layer of fresh rosemary.
Toss in peeled garlic cloves.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper.
Roast at 350 degrees until desired doneness. Start checking them in 30 minutes.
18 May 2011 Leave a comment
16 May 2011 6 Comments
Nugget, our smallest chicken, has gone broody. She’s the only broody chicken we’ve ever had. She stopped laying her tiny little eggs and has started sitting on everyone else’s. Which includes some ginormous double yolk ones we’ve been getting from our Rhode Island Reds that won’t even fit into an XL egg carton. She doesn’t seem to realize that since we have no rooster, there will be no baby chicks. What is fun about Nugget nesting is you can pick her up. And pet her. And tickle her. And carry her around. Normally, she’s absolutely untouchable… faster than a marsupial. I enjoy a broody Nugget!
15 May 2011 Leave a comment
Jenna takes her spot between us in the Mule. Brian usually encourages her to run with us to the barn for some exercise (it’s about a quarter mile) but I like it when she rides with us. She’s not very good about sharing the seat. “Move over fat ass” comes right after “Load up, Jenna”. She completely ignores the squirrels and bunnies we scare up on the journey (they’re not large, white and fluffy like our sheep).