My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Seedlings and Chicks

These pictures were taken last week but I didn't get a chance to post them until now. That's the day of the snow storm ... we got a couple of inches of snow outside.

Picture 1: that's part of our fenced-in dog run that we're turning into a goat pen, chicken pen, relaxing area, and raised-bed intensive garden area. Can you tell that I planted peas in the bottom right... between that horizontal wooden post and the fence. Hope they don't die. Haven't sprouted as of yesterday.

Picture 2: I love this picture. This is the upstairs bedroom that faces east and south. The window in this pic faces east. I love setting here at dawn to watch the sunrise. Absolutely beautiful. Out the window you can see the snow that fell for another couple of hours after I snapped this pic. On the window ledge is a planter with lettuce that we've been eating on for a couple of weeks. You can also see where I've repotted some of my seedlings (grown from seed) and placed in baggies. I really need to get the cabbage and broccoli in the ground! In the foreground to the left are the apple rose finn fingerling potatoes that I set out to get sprouts in the eyes. Those really need to be planted soon too!

Picture 3: Here are seedlings I started. The foreground has tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, etc. In the little baggie to the left is an experiment I did with lentils ... and yes, 2 out of three sprouted so yes, I'm planting some in the ground this year. Towards the back of the pic is a flat I did with different greens.... I was testing some old seed and as you can see, they sprouted! Um... anyone need some flats of lettuce?

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The baby chicks did well over the night. Interesting that we never realized that chickens... even babies ... sleep at night.

We ended up separating the chicks again ... each kind in its own box. The black australorps are ever so nice to each other, but the easter eggers... geez! There are two in that group of five that will peck at another. Not good.

As for the night... the blacks cuddled together ... not away from the heat and not near it. Kinda in the middle. Must have the temp right. Hubby thinks they put off more heat than the ee's. Could be.

Last night the ee's spread out in their box but closer to the heat. Every time I checked on them, one or two were off by themselves, wings totally spread out and sleeping away. One even slept in the feeder!

Of course, they are all up and eating breakfast now. They did well in their makeshift boxes but Hubby's gone to pick up a metal trough and a second heat lamp setup. Turns out I'm allergic to chickens (nose, eyes, argh!) so we need to move them to the garage. Hence, the requirement for a better set up.

We do have that chicken coop we got a few weeks ago. Still have to re-hang the door but we're thinking .... a local community is having an "animal swap" where people can either trade, sell or buy all kinds of animals, including dogs, chickens, sheep, goats, etc. We think we'll go (next weekend) and see about getting a dog or 3, and perhaps a couple of laying hens... something different than what we have. Just for the experience (oh, and the eggs!).

Our "handyman" is coming over this morning to quote on building our outdoor goat and chicken pens. Plus our "subdivision" is having a huge garage sale so I want to go to that. AND I need to get the potatoes planted in the box setup I talked about a couple of days ago. AND Hubby and I need to build the raised beds and fill so I can get the cabbage, broccoli and greens planted. My little seedlings (as you saw above!) are getting quite large!

We also have a friend coming by ... the one that gave us all of the pallets and some wood. Busy day. Gotta scoot!

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