Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Chickens ~ Garden
Yesterday I decided to let the chickens have free run of the entire property. They were so excited. I needed them to chow down on some grasshoppers, and other over loaded bugs in the garden. One went missing so I hope she found her way back to the barn last night.
One hen looks a bit haggard, and her comb is drooping. She's not looking so good, and it appears the others are going after her from time to time. She's lost a lot of feathers too. I've already been deworming, so who knows what's going on with her.
That my friends, is part of the garden. It's not the pasture, ha ha! I'm making progress, but this is what I have to pull to find the pepper plants (and onions). We will be using black plastic next year for onions and all of the peppers (until we find a better solution). I've jabbed my eye out a few too many times with 5 foot foxtail, and got some up my nose too. In the very lower right of the photo you can see some red jalapeno peppers. I can't believe anything would even survive in there.
It's been long days this week, but I'm finding some very nice sized cayenne, hot bell pepper and jalapeno peppers. And a few more onions.
Speaking of pasture, Hubby and I are talking about getting two dwarf wethers to keep the back pasture cut down. That will help a lot with the weeds that I'm dealing with in the garden(s) as well.
As for those peppers? I'll be slicing and dehydrating them today. My allergies need a break from that foxtail in my garden. I might even try another new recipe.