With all the excitement of our first egg, I totally forgot to send out the June Planting Guide from Tom MacCubbin's The Edible Landscape.
- Plant summer veggies - okra, Southern peas, sweet potatoes and cherry tomatoes.
- Plant boniato, calabaza, dasheen, roselle, sweet cassava, yard-long beans and yautias (what the heck is a yautia?).
- Cut back blueberry bushes. Cut blackberries to the ground after fruiting.
P.S.: Shoshanah appears to be a 1-egg-a-day girl as she has delivered one perfectly-shaped light brown egg each day since starting to lay. I think Avigal, a Buff Orpington, will be the next to start as she is beginning to squat when petted.
P.P.S.: The younger chicks have been moved to a roomier hutch in the backyard chicken area. The big girls have not yet decided if they like them or not, and have nipped a few babies in the tush when annoyed. I try to let the little ones out twice a day to free range and to start socializing with the big girls so that when it's time to give up the hutch it will hopefully be a smooth transition.
P.P.P.S.: If you are looking for a great source for nutritious snacks for your chickens and a way to reduce the feed bill, try stopping in at any Whole Foods Juice Bar and ask for a bag of the juicing remnants. They'll give them to you for free as they normally throw them away.