I took a turn around the back patch today and shot some footage and pics of what's happening in the land of animal and vegetable. I also wanted to share a VERY good website, blog and resource for everyone gardening in the Northwest and abroad.
www.nwedible.com is an excellent resource for gardening, cooking and all things urban food oasis. I just adore her site and it has stood the test of time with me (meaning, I keep going back and finding great things to read and/or pin), so I've included her in my blogroll and will reference her here for your reading enjoyment.
Garden walk - commence.
The Beets are up and a couple inches tall. The carrots next to them did not germinate so well so I will harvest and then start another run of them. The Beets are the long cylindrical kind. I will use them to make pickled beets and also to dry and grind up for colorant in soap.
I have tomatoes growing in two places - under a long plastic hoop house in one bed and individually in their own plastic surrounds in another bed. I have more seedlings going, of which I have no spots for, so I'll probably give those away or sell them at the farmer's market in July. (Heirloom Red Princess, and Black Giant):
And individually (Roma and Better Boy)(Home Depot):
And then there are the beans that someone (slug-fucker) keeps munching on. I sprinkled with organic slug and snail dust around the plants and tossed the only slug I could find to the chickens. He met his end in style, being pulled apart with satisfying thwock sound as the Barred Rock and the Gold Laced Wyandotte shared a snack.
And then, finally, there is the living, breathing food.
Alas, tomorrow is harvest day for the roosters. I am taking the four big boys and perhaps two of the big girls up north to slaughter in the backyard of my friend C (who is sharing the chickens with me). We will do the rest next week. It's time. I am animated, nervous, excited and wanting to do a good job, all at the same time. I have given these chickens a GREAT home for 12 weeks, they have been able to lay in the sun, peck at bugs, run around, fight, make up, eat, sleep and shit all in comfort and safety. I feel good about cull day tomorrow. I feel I've done right by my food. I'll be taking the H's good cutting knives, a cutting glove, plastic bags, a cooler with ice, and, uh, a trunk full of noisy chickens up north. I'm not super stoked about transportation, but whatever. The GM is watching the Tot, so I'll be able to fully focus. More info and FULL documented footage and how to coming in the next week. How to Butcher Your Chickens, NW Backyard Veggies Style.
Say Goodbye everybody! Goodbye everybody!