After our two summer like days we had thunderstorms and lots rain. That combo seemed to really push everything into beginning to bloom, and a walk around the yard showed wonderful potential.
The plum tree is blooming (will it have the same sticky problem as it did last year??), the new peach tree has pink buds, the fig trees have buds, and the blueberry bushes look in good shape, too! The two Pink Lemonade Blueberry bushes I put in a few years ago (that have never really thrived or yielded anything) look pretty good. I’m going to fence them off and see if I can help them grow a bit better this year.
Similarly, I’ve got two new peony bushes that seem to need a little nurturing. I chopped up the soil around one and fenced it off from the chickens, and it seems to be doing better.
The regular peonies are skyrocketing by an inch or two every day and the front garden bed is showing lots of perennials coming back nicely.
The first asparagus spear has shown itself and I can’t wait to eat it up.
Clark is learning about measurements in school this week. Yesterday they learned about weighing things and the homework was to weigh some things around the house. Naturally we wanted to weigh the guinea pigs!
We weighed all three and of course Nibbles was the biggest (over 2 lbs!) We also weighed some of our eggs. We have tiny bantam hens who lay little eggs, and our big ladies who lay jumbo eggs. But exactly how different are they? The tiniest egg we weighed was just 1 oz, while the biggest egg we had on hand was over 2 oz.
We used our regular kitchen scale, but also compared it to the weights on our vintage egg scale. It was surprisingly accurate! We’re getting about a dozen eggs a day, laid in a variety of places. The tiny silver and golden sebrights will lay their eggs in the corn if I leave the lid off the barrel. The favorite laying spot-the flower pot- has been taken over by an enormously broody Buff Orpington. Perhaps in two weeks we’ll have some babies!