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02 March 2011 @ 08:33 pm
Planting time  
It's March. Spring is officially here. I got all my seeds out of the cabinent and made up a huge list of all the cucurbits, tomatoes, flowers and veggies I want to grow this year. I then sort of made a chart of which ones are going to go in pots under the arbor, along the fence in the front, in the beds and on the back fence. I got one pot started in the front yard. It's the same pot I grew the ball luffas out of last year. This time I'm growing Horned Melons, Exploding Cucumbers and Creeping cucumbers out of that one. The seeds are in there but so far it looks like a boring pot of dirt. I want to buy good soil this time. I'm willing to shell out a little more cash for it. I think the problem has been that I bought cheap soil that turned quickly into sand. So I need really good stuff and to add fertilizer to it perhaps twice in the season or as needed. Yellowing leaves were an issue and that seems like a nitrogen deficiency. Gosh apart from the bugs in June that I can't really control I'd like for this year to be successful.

I was having a hard time deciding a while back if Fall or Spring was my favorite season. Spring has always been my fave, but lately Fall's been catching up or it had. I wasn't sure. So I thought about it and how it made me feel. Spring is still my favorite because as nice as Fall is it's an ending. So despite loving the Halloween and gourds and pumpkins there's always that looming feeling of the year being over and winter's right around the corner. The days get shorter and things get colder. There's this looming sadness or negative anticipation and it can't be enjoyed to its fullest. I don't like that feeling. Spring is the opposite. There's no anxiety involved. It's open, a new begining, new hope (garden wise anyway, hehe I don't do hope) longer days and just a joyus freeness about it. So yes though Fall is a very close second Spring is my favorite. BUT I remembered one thing I do hate about Spring. Fire ants. They're back and oh man I got bit today. I had to pour alcohol on my hand. It's fine now but I hate those little bitches. And now that I have chickens and pigeons I can't poison the suckers. Boiling water is the only thing that will work and I hate doing that too because it's dangerous to carry around. And lawn mowers. I HATE lawnmowers. I hate the noise. Spring should be quiet. But I'm sure I'll have pleanty of time to rant about those. Not right now.

Omega has gone broody. She sits in the dog crate and won't leave. I find it interesting that the Black Copper Marans are the breed that's most likely to go broody. I take the eggs away every morning but she stays put. The other day just for fun I pulled her out since I thought she might like to get food, water or use the bathroom. I put her on the ground and I couldn't get her to stand. Hehe, her legs were all soft and limp and she fell into the laying post. Oh man it was so fun. I kept placing her in differnet areas and she wouldn't use her legs. I did have to protect her from the other hens because they wanted to attack her. She is Omega so they're mean to her. Especially Henrietta and Zucca. She finally did stand up but only ate a little bit then hopped back into the nest.

I boiled up three dozen eggs because we have way too many. It's nice there are fewer cartons in the fridge, but it's like the grape fruits in the front yard for those of you that saw my recent youtube video. Actually I think I'll post that since I'm talking so much about my garden.

So yeah the same problem with the eggs. Too many and I don't think even the chickens could help us eat them all. Egg Bird the crow is sick of them. He quit coming a while ago and eggs now just rot if I leave them out. We rarely cook them now. We're kind of sick of them. Must find a way to make more money with them.

And I'm so glad that free trial paid account is also for communities. I took advantage of that. If you already have a paid or permanent account use it on your communities. No ads and more layouts. Nice.
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Stephanielebongirl on March 3rd, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Could you try selling your eggs via craigslist? There has to be a way. Or maybe at the very least, you could donate them to a charity (like maybe a soup kitchen sorta place) & at least get the tax write-off? Just some ideas you may or may not have thought of.

Too bad you're not local - we would definitely buy from you if you were!
Des: Hummmthagirion on March 3rd, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of Craig's List. I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the idea. Yeah, I'd rather make money off of them. I don't bother to get recipts from Goodwill anymore when I drop stuff off because the tax write off is nothing.

Yeah, it would be nice if we were closer.
sike_saner on March 3rd, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Agreed about lawnmower noise.

Those are some lovely trees. And the little pitcher plant is cute.
Des: Jacarandathagirion on March 3rd, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yes it drives me nuts. I hate it most when people start early in the morning. There should be a law about no lawn mowing until after 9 am.

Thanks. I love my little pitcher plant. I hope it will make it.
kabuldurkabuldur on March 3rd, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
That's excellent that you have planted horned cucumber, exploding cucumbers etc.

I agree with you about autumn, it does seem a bit of a sad time.

I certainly agree with you about lawnmowers! I have noticed the newer ones are quieter, thank goodness. I heard what sounded like a chainsaw in your video, too!

I really enjoyed your video. I was wondering whether you could take some grapefruit to a local shop which could have them as giveaways, because some older people like to make jam with them, as was the custom back in the day. It would mean you'd have to go to some trouble you might not like to do, though. I hate grapefruit, like you. I love peaches, though (nectarines even more). We have the same trouble with fruit fly here, too. I LOVE loquats, but most people don't. I'd like one of those trees here.

Hmmm...that would be cool if you got some fertile eggs to put under your broody hen. Although your WOULD get some roosters! Would she accept some chickens if you put them under her one night? It would be cool to get some income from your eggs, too.
Des: Two White Homersthagirion on March 3rd, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Last year I planted them too late and they were out competed by real cucumbers. So I hope this year they'll make some fruits for me.

Like I mentioned above the worst is when people start so early. Here it's so annoying because if one person starts everyone else does too once they hear it. I call it the suburban male territorial call in that the other males have to respond to it right away. ARG!

I'm not into giving things unless it's to friends or just in my way and finally annoying me. Usually messes are invisible to me but once they become noticable in some way I'll do what I can to get rid of them. I'd rather make a buck off of them and it would be too much work to take them somewhere for free when they do fine under the tree. But I did have someone come to my door once and ask if she could pick them. That's fine and I told her to take what she wanted since it was no effort on my part. I can send you some seeds. They're big.

Yeah ending up with roosters would be the only problem. I would love to have a rooster though if it weren't for the neighbors. I don't mind the noise so long as he doesn't start too early. But I also wouldn't want him to annoy Chris. Yeah definitely. Right now I only have one buyer. I need to get out and look for others. Things don't sell themselves you have to go out and do it.
kabuldurkabuldur on March 4th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
I should be able to get loquat trees here in a nursery, so I'll just keep my eyes open.

I HATE when people start too early with mowers! Luckily here I am far enough away not to be annoyed by mowers usually.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on March 3rd, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
I remember fire ants in Texas. At the bottom of the garden, it was alive with them! I'd prod it with a stick and they'd all come rushing out. We went over there in the spring. What I hate about spring here is the stupid seagulls start breeding. They're so damn noisy. I hate it. So I prefer fall. I can't wait to move.

Lol! That's cute and funny about Omega!

If I had that many eggs, I'd make endless cakes lol!

Btw, you keep spelling trial wrong, you get the a and the i the wrong way round, thought you might like to know.

Your garden looks great! I'm not a big fan of grapefruit either, too sour! I like peaches but I've never tried loquats.
Des: Floridathagirion on March 3rd, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they're angry ants, bite hard and are venemous. I hate them. Yeah sucks they're a pets for you up there.

Yeah she's been in that box for days now.

ARG yes, thank you. I wish someone had mentioned that sooner. I spelled it wrong on the communities too. Grrr. I'm glad you're not afraid to tell me. I do have dislexia.

Thanks. Yeah I don't like sour fruits so that's probably why I don't like them.
Cheezey: Chickenscheezey on March 3rd, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your garden!

I like your description of the broody hen. None of mine have really gotten like that except for the one we had been given that was already broody, but who was killed by a raccoon a couple days after we got her. Too bad your eggs aren't fertile, then you could hatch out some babies!

Of course, then you'd have even more eggs, so it's probably for the best. They'd be cute, though!
Des: Spring is here Chicksthagirion on March 3rd, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's so funny when they're broody. They refuse to move. Since mine are friendly they just make a protest noise but then you can pet them and they stop. I've read that usually they'll bite and attack. I'm glad I tamed mine when they were little.

I would love to have chicks running around again. But yeah I have too many as it is and roosters would be a problem. Gosh I want a rooster though. I saw one for sale on Craig's list that was a Black Copper Marans. Oh I wanted him!
everoswentyne19 on March 3rd, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Just commenting so you get used to the new me! :)
Des: Hyacinthsthagirion on March 3rd, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thanks. Good idea. I laughed at this comment because I still had a small WTF? rection when the name didn't match with the pic. Hee hee.