It has been so busy here. One day, we think, we will be done with all the major builds/improvements, and then we will be able to relax.
Or, you know, at least be able to keep up with the work that we want to do.
The greenhouse (Early Bloomer, by Solexx) is almost finished. It’s up, and usable – there is just a few remaining details, like the door handle, the solar-powered automatic window opener, and some trim.
There is also quite a bit of landscaping to be done around it. I’ve already planted some peas and sunflowers around the back.
Inside, I built raised beds, and spent several hours shoveling compost out of the chicken coop’s deep litter, and carting it by the wagon load into the greenhouse…only to shovel it back out into the beds. Lots of work, but somehow enjoyable, all the same. I’m finding that there is true pleasure in hard, physical work. I used to be a total night owl, staying up until the wee hours of the morning, then sleeping in. Now I’m so excited to work outside, that I wake up early, work all day in the garden, then collapse in bed around 10pm.
As you can see, the inside floor still needs to be installed. We’ve bought some lovely brick.
At the far end, will be a potting bench, once I have time to build it. To the left of the door, is shelving for starting trays of seedlings.
I’ve planted a bunch of tomatoes, melons, and peppers in the beds.
In the front vegetable garden, I came up with a good idea for trellising my beans. I put in two t-posts, then built a frame of wood and wire that fits between them. It is zip-tied securely into place.
At the end of summer, I can cut the zip-ties, and store the frame out of the weather. Next year, I can put two more t-posts in a different bed, and put the frame up there. Some years, I’ll have a frame between the posts, other years, I’ll use the posts as tomato tie-ups.
The Indian Runner ducklings are getting so big. Their chests are completely feathered in, and feathers are coming in on their backs, faces, and wings. They are still very, very cute.
They’ve changed so much from just a few days earlier…although they still like to snuggle with each other.
Josie and her chicks are doing great. I need to get some more pics; this video is from a week ago. They have lots more feathers on their wings now, and their tails are coming in.
What’s this I see? What’s that in your hand?
You have a new camera????
Well, then! Time for some beauty shots of what’s blooming in the garden!
And after years of never seeing butterflies, I’m finally seeing visitors in my garden. This one seems to come here a lot. It’s very shy, though, and even though I hunted it as stealthily as I could, this was the best shot I could get.
Is that a Painted Lady butterfly?
And Peabody and Nefertiti say goodnight.
For those of you who are interested in keeping quail naturally, a friend and I are running a new facebook group: Natural Quail Keeping. Feel free to join and start posting pics or asking questions!