March 3, 2017
Beekeeping, berrries, Berry Preserves, Gardening, Healthy Lifestyle, jam and jelly, Strawberries, Vegetables
bee sting, bees, chickens, eggs, lemons, peas
Nearly started off with an interesting typo! “Good Thongs From the Yard” – that could have raised some eyebrows! Spring is here and good things are showing up.
One of the yards that hosts a couple of hives also has chickens. For my garden I receive some chicken fertilizer…. nice way to say it! Almost as good are the excess eggs I receive. Yum!
Little ones, medium ones and big ones! He has about 20 chickens and they are laying very well now!
Carrots, I grow short ones because of my clay soil. They may be short but they are very sweet.
Unwashed but yummy. I put them on the grill the other night with some asparagus and chicken. Very yummy. When the sugars carmelize they are so yummy.
Snow peas and sugar snaps are blooming and producing. The early pods never make it to the house. Insert smiley face and tongue licking lips here!
And yes…..strawberries. I have made two batches of preserves so far. One plain and the other with vanilla. I am hoping for so much more.
And bees too. The Meyer Lemons are blooming and the bees are working. Mine and many others. Such remarkable creatures!
Ok, enough for now! Just one sting today out of 6 hives inspected today! I can always attribute a sting to a faux pas on my part! Yes, I have made a mistake or two! Most of the time I have no swelling but this one……hit my left hand and sure enough – a little ballooning on the back of my hand. Ok Hun- please kiss it and make it better.
September 11, 2014
California, Gardening, Healthy Lifestyle, Travel, Vegetables
chickens, environmentally friendly, garden, gardening
Los Osos, a little town near Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, is gardener’s paradise. It has that Goldilocks weather, not too hot and not too cold, it is just right. The soil may be a bit on the sandy side but add some compost and it will drain well and produce amazing crops.
I have been wanting stop and look at the corner lot in town near my mother’s place for several years and finally decided to stop and look. It looks a lot like my hair on a windy day, disheveled yet remnants of a part still visible. There is obviously a plan but the owner of the plot, I am sure, never worried about staying in the lines while coloring.
Cool weather crops can pretty much be grown here round and warm weather crops benefit from the warm sun and soil after the morning fog rolls back. By stopping and looking, I noticed his “girls” in the fenced run at the far side of the garden. Looks like 8-10 well feathered hens of various colors and varieties. I am certain that they produce some tasty and beautiful eggs.
Buying a lot in Los Osos to vegetable garden would probably not payout in several lifetimes. Unless, of course, it was inherited from way back when they were begging people to buy lots there in the 60’s and possibly earlier. I have tried to talk my mom into allowing me to put in some edible borders at her place but I haven’t convinced her yet. Yes, the cost of water in this extended drought they have been facing is a real concern, we could use drip irrigation. Whaddya say Mom?
From this angle it looks disheveled, yet interesting!
Now I see some organization and pretty decent spacing.
Looking back toward the street .
Look closely and you can see a few of the girls.
I am going to use this as a model for my fall peas!