What We Did When We Should be Building a Duck Coop

In the last post, I talked about how I finally convinced mom to let me convert a large section of the back yard lawn into paver stones and garden beds.

Reader, except for a few minor things like cleanup and adding a proper border of stone around the new mini lawns, it’s done.

Here’s the week in pictures:

And finally – just today – Mom put in the last stone on the pathway!

I’m really chuffed with how great it looks!  No more slip n’ slide through the mud!

We designed the pathway to turn off into a little mini patio for the Display Quail Coop.  I think I’ll put a few pots of herbs here.

We still need to get more stones to border the lawn…

…and also, that wood border is getting rotten, and we’ll be ripping it out and either just sloping the dirt down into the new bed, or putting in a border of stone to keep the two-level look.

There’s another tiny little circle lawn in the shady/wildflower area. We’re checking into options for replacing the grass with something green that doesn’t require cutting.

I can’t wait to start planting in the new garden beds, but that will have to wait for a few months.  Right now, there’s just a thin layer of dirt over newspaper and cardboard to kill the grass underneath.  Eventually, it will be a combination of herbs, easy perpetual vegetables and fruits, along with a few areas for annual veggies.

In quail news, Loki and his chosen girl have made a beautiful nest, and are laying eggs.

They are so cute.  Loki accompanies her to the nest, and sits beside her, grooming her feathers while she lays an egg.  Then she leaves, and he sits on the eggs for a bit, touching them with his beak, talking to them, and guarding them.  They are showing so much joint interest in their eggs that I’m hoping I have another female that will choose to go broody and raise a clutch for me.  But we’ll have to see. Coturnix quail are infamous for not raising their own young, but I’ve been lucky before.  Fingers crossed!

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One response to “What We Did When We Should be Building a Duck Coop

  1. It’s looking good! I really hope Loki and his wife brood out some chicks. They are just too cute together.

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