This is my blog about my adventures in homesteading in the suburbs. My goal is to live a simple, yet beautiful life. I am trying to gear my family on a path of low-impact, self-sustaining, old-time ways on a budget! Come and join me on our journey!!!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Chicken and garden updates
Wow...time sure does fly when you're gardening! I've got a bunch of updates so I will start with the chickens. Here's the progression of our coop.
The coop with our salvaged window from a neighbor.
Hubby working on the run and the door has been added on.
Chickens already using the run!
Hubby is still finishing up the coop. He's got to put on the chicken wire on the back ventilation and he's finishing up the floor. The chickens are seven weeks old so they really needed some sunshine. They stayed in the run all night and since it's warm, they have fared very well. I couldn't sleep because I was so worried about a fox getting his paws/claws through the chicken wire...tonight we'll have them locked up in the coop! I really need some sleep, haha! The only supplies we bought for this coop are the screws and hinges, the chicken wire, shingles for the roof (I bet I could have found these but we really needed them now) and the paint (hello, $5 oops paint at Home Depot that normally runs over $37 for one gallon--who can afford that???) My husband did a great job and we need to put up the trim and finish painting. I can't wait until it's finished.
The garden is coming along well! I've had my battles though. Flea beetles are now prevalent in my backyard and they love the radishes!!! I think I will continue to sow radishes so that the flea beetles will only bother them...a trap crop. This is the first year I've grown radishes and they have turned out beautiful (minus the holey leaves!).
They truly are the jewels of the garden and are so lovely to photograph!
The greens are coming on strong as well. We had our first garden salad last night with the radishes. My spinach has turned out really nice this year. I've kept them spaced properly and they have just flourished.
I am up against the insects, though. The ants have gone crazy and now I have the flea beetles. It's an ongoing struggle, and I've found aphids, too. I've spied a few ladybugs so between me squishing and the ladybugs devouring, we may stay on top of things. Here's one last shot of the garden from an "aerial" perspective. This is taken from my bedroom window.
I've laid down hay as a mulch between the boxes. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but I consider it the cheap man's pathway. I would love to put flagstone or brick or pavers down, but that's not in the budget any time soon, so we'll see how this works for me. It gets quite windy sometimes so we'll see if the hay is still there in a few weeks. I hope your gardening and homesteading is going well. Let me know how your garden grows and happy homesteading! Blessings!