The New Girls In Town

A few weeks ago we added some new girls to the yard. We now have seven one-year-old laying hens courtesy of our wonderful family! Thank you family – you know who you are! They are (I think) three barred rocks, one black australorp, and three easter eggers. Meet the girls!

First Cucumbers!

I found the first cucumbers hiding in the garden this morning. I had no idea they were that close. They are at the bottom of the trellis under the leaves. I brought them in and we promptly gobbled them up!  

Different cicadas today – white ones

This morning, under the hum of thousands of cicadas, I walked the yard and garden like I normally do. I took some pictures of the crazy amount of cicadas we are seeing, including some new ones. We are now seeing some that are all white, though still far fewer than the darker ones. I also…

Mulberries are starting to ripen!

The mulberries on the trees that line our yard are beginning to ripen. Time to pick, clean and dehydrate some to follow through on my goals for the year! I may even make some jam!

2014 Magicicadas in Illinois

Just this week we started finding hundreds (ok thousands) of cicadas outside each morning and everyday the hum in the air is growing. A bit of searching turned up that 2014 in our part of IL is the year for emergence of brood III of the Magicacada, a 17 year periodical cicada. For more info…

The first tomatoes are in. Early.

The tomatoes have been in the cold frame for a few weeks now and are doing well. Yesterday I moved the rest of the cattle panel trellises into the garden and connected them with temporary zip ties to the t-posts. Today I will be using the metal connector wires to make sure they are solid….

2014 Growing and Gathering Goals

This will be our first full summer in our new house. We have a lot on our plate this year with gardening and landscape work, so I am trying to be realistic on my goals while focusing on using what we have (wild fruit, fruit trees, etc) and making the most of what we grow….