I'm SO glad you got the bator stuff figured out. How many RIR eggs you got in there?
I don't think anyone is intentionally ignoring you. Conversation on this thread seems to be a bit disjointed in the last months. I for one have been SSSSOOOO busy with working my head off at my folks ranch for 3 weeks and then trying to get back in the groove at home. Getting the kids back into their lessons and dealing with a myriad of other pressing minutia has kept me busy full time. We have been home almost 2 weeks and I am just now feeling like I might be able to catch my breath. DH is going to have gallbladder surgery in a couple of weeks. Not thrilled about that.
DD's duck has been laying a clutch. She has 12 eggs under her. I think 2 were contributed by our blue duck who is a sporatic layer. Charlie's foot looks the same and she gets around fine. Wiggle and Cocoa have been saying harsh things to each other with Wiggle ending up having to sneak around to spend any "meaningful" time with the girls. I think Wiggle and Cocoa are each other's exercise program. They spend half their day walking around and posturing at each other. It gets kinda funny.
Our inside chicken was out on the deck today. She heard the other chickens below calling. She told them she was not coming back as she had become "domesticated". Brat!
The kids and I put up PVC hoops over the raised beds. We had to dig out the snow from around the beds to be able to attach the brackets. Tomorrow we will strech the plastic over them to help things warm up quicker. I know I will be planting potatoes, but I don't know if I want to take up valuable raised bed space for them. Was thinking about straw or hay in round wire cages. You ever do that? Any tips? I have also been throwing around some ideas for making some garden beds out of plastic barrels cut lengthwise. What do you think? What would you do if you had a bunch of barrels?
I just put a large amount of black plastic over part of my garden area too
Snow has dropped 2-3 inches since yesterday as a result!
Barrels? I think you could certainly make beds that way. If I had several laying around, I would be starting a humanure set up
I plant all out taters in hay, straw and leaf mulch. with a bit of manure and dirt mixed in.
Works very well. Just make long rows, or, do wire baskets if that works better for your yard.
Seed taters just came in at Budget Feed, so we need to get over there and buy up what we need.
I guess this thread has sort of died. Everyone did move over to facebook, but I gave that up when I started getting weird pms from someone I did not know