What did you do in the garden today?

WthrLady

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Glad they got to you in what sounds like good condition! Keep us updated.

I made a dust bath for the girls and mixed in about 40 lbs of sand, about a cup of food grade DE, and a cup of these lovely smelling dried herbs. Probably do nothing really but they smell so nice. Just like a fresh bottle of poultry seasoning...I have to wonder if that is a deliberate troll and the makers laugh their butts off or a coincidence? You decide. :gig
DH calls that pre-seasoning the chicken.
 

BReeder!

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It's damp and cold out today. I haven't been able to fish clearing the raised beds yet. There's some tomato and eggplant plants that I need to pull yet. I'm not sure how I'm going to tip the raised beds off just yet. I am thinking about pulling on mulched leaves. I'm wondering if the mulched leaves will work effectively as mulch, allowing water and air to pass through while retaining moisture below and blocking weeds, in the Spring or if they'll compact and form a mat like whole leaves do.
 
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igorsMistress

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Good afternoon gardeners. I watered the oleanders and looked in on the gardens, not much has changed. I’m excited to get the coop interior whitewashed this weekend, it always looks so nice when it’s fresh. I also need to paint the outside so might get that done this weekend too. I’m already planning for an early trip to HD after the park Saturday for the rest of the soil for the veggie garden and then we’ll plant next weekend. I’ve been looking at ponds for the ducks but haven’t made any decisions yet. I know it won’t be going in the coop yard but have to decide where to put it first and how I can reuse the water. Another factor is the amount of water to use each time the pool has to be cleaned out. I have no idea how much water I use when I run the hose, I give more or less each time based on need. Ok, enough rambling. Have a good night all.
 

Compost King

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Apr 19, 2018
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Fibonacci sequence. The Golden Ratio.
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Chicken fodder growing in faster than I thought it would. I love my greenhouse.
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2 birds 1 stone. Tool storage and humidity dome shading.
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Hemp fell down in a rain/wind storm. I guess it was from a Hurricane that came up from the Gulf but it was just 20 MPH winds when it got here which is very high winds for this area.
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I let my chickens forage in my fall garden, they didn't touch much though. I ran out of chicken feed and some young non egg laying birds were eating layers feed today and scratch grains because I ran out of feed a day before I go to the feed mill. Since They did not have the right feed I figured increasing their foraging range will lead to them not eating too much high calcium feed.
 

karenerwin

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Jun 11, 2013
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I am curious how you get them to eat oyster shell. I have been using this same feeder for three years now. It must be the acre they have to free range and stealth attacks on the garden.
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I have the same problem. I leave it out for them and they tend to ignore it even when they are laying thin shelled eggs. So, sometimes I sprinkle it over their egg layer pellets ( which I know you aren't supposed to do).
 

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