Friday, August 5, 2016

Broody Hen and Other News

Violet has gone broody.  That means that she wants to sit on her nest and hatch a brood of chicks.  The only problem is that without a rooster this is impossible.  Also, we steal all of her eggs daily so she is mostly just sitting on an empty nest.  Poor Violet.

It's kind of hard to see in this sideways picture, but Violet is puffing up all of her feathers in an attempt to intimidate us into leaving her eggs alone.  She also has started making this funny little noise every time we come near.  I've heard that broody hens monopolize the nesting box (Violet is sitting there for at least 22 of the 24 hours in a day) but Violet is nice enough to get off the nest long enough to let Paulie and Twink have a turn once in a while. 

In other news, I've scored several loads of old bricks recently.

I'm loading up in preparation for new raised garden beds for next year.  I realize that the summer squash won't share a bed with any other plants, and is actually trying to shade out our peppers in the neighboring bed!  I just have to figure out a good place to put the extra beds.  Here is what's happening in the gardens we have currently:

The (blurry) runner beans are showing up.  But they're fuzzy.  Am I supposed to eat that?

Our jalapenos are starting to fruit.

Our blackberries are producing like crazy, but someone is eating them before they fully ripen!
Stop by for more garden updates; I know this is riveting stuff!

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