Saturday, March 21, 2015

Onions, onions, onions...

We'v been dodging wind and lightning in an effort to get our onions planted.  So far, we've planted 6 bunches of Texas Super Sweet  in our north bed, 4 bunches of "not-Vidalia" and 9 bunches of Texas Super Sweet Red in our south bed.  Planting was interrupted by lightning and driving rain, so today is another effort to plant the approximately 1800 onions.

Zana and I planted 14 bunches of Red Candy and 5 bunches of Candy onions.  I was impressed in her diligence, since planting onions is pretty repetitive.

Now we need rain!

Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Time

50 pounds of potatoes in the ground by March 17.  In the south bed, 15 pounds of Red Norland and 10 of Dakota Pearl.  In the north bed, 25 pounds of Yukon Gold.  It took us about two hours, but we added mulch to the rows to keep down weeds.  Let's see how this year goes!
Horseradish is peeking out.
 The first daffodils are already a few days old.
and the cherry bushes are blooming.  Of course, we will probably have a late freeze (or even a regular one!) and kill any cherries, but these surely are beautiful.

Even a few crocus flowers are here and there.

I'm trying a new location for seedlings this year, and they sprouted in less than three days.  I think that means I finally found a good location!

Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Chick Season!

Please forgive the sporadic pictures.  Jimmy helped with picture taking, so we have a little bit of everything.
Soup is a hot broody mess each February, apparently.  Last year, she successfully hatched out Chicken Little.
 This year, we ordered an incubator, had Soup in a much chick-friendlier location, and got busy on our dreams of hatching our own flock.

 All seven of our eggs inside successfully pipped and hatched out.

 They were successfully incorporated into Soup's own brood of seven of eight eggs hatched.

Sadly, this morning, I discovered one of Soup's chicks had fallen (been ejected?) from the nest and died.  Still, we stand at 14 chicks.

Now to see how many are roosters.