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Friday, August 01, 2014

Blogiversary, Again!

Well, it is Chickensinthegarden's blogiversary today.  What have we been up to?  The two French prune plum trees are producing like crazy this year and Jonathan has been busy pitting and popping the plums for drying in the dehydrator. Here's a photo of him in action:




The drought has affected our garden quite a lot.  We've lost some shrubs and growth is slow for the new bamboo.  The vegetable garden is on drip, but the once-a-day 30 minutes is not enough for the vegetables to thrive. We've harvested cucumbers and tomatoes, but the beans did not do well at all. I've started digging up more of the lawn in the front yard and planted tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and peppers.  Those plants are doing very well. It is time to harvest another zucchini from the front yard!

So, should it be spelled Blogaversary or Blogiversary?  I don't think I was consistent over the years.  The debate continues...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April A-Bloom

The garden is just gorgeous right now: roses and iris are blooming. Wisteria and tulips and lilacs have just finished blooming.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Yesterday!

Yesterday, August 1, 2013, was chickensinthegarden's Blogiversary!  I guess we celebrated that by having the date slip our minds...we also had goat kebabs for dinner served with grilled vegetables and Afghan bread. I bought some Afghan bread at a nearby halal market where I also bought the goat. I marinated cubes of the goat shoulder meat in yogurt combined with cumin, cardamom, hot pepper, and cinnamon.  It was quite tasty--very lean and flavorful.

Currently we have 7 hens and 2 Indian Runner ducks. I purchased the ducklings at the Alameda County Fair about 5 weeks ago. They have grown so quickly.  Here's a photo of when they were young:


They have grown so very much since then. Here's a photo taken this week:


One is supposed to be able to tell the sex of Indian Runner Ducks at the ages of 6-8 weeks.  Apparently the females quack and the males have a sort of hoarse whispery sound. And the males have a definite single curl in their tales.  So far, I'm not sure what sex these ducks are.  They will live with the hens, but currently we've had supervised play dates with the hens and ducks.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bird's Nests

Today I made some Easter Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bird's Nests.  Such a simple recipe from The Curvy Carrot.   Here is how my bird's nests looked when all done:



Looks like a little sign of spring.  Spring is really happening here in Fremont.  My lilac bushes are blooming, the crabapple tree is amazing:


We are so lucky to have a large yard with so many beautiful fruit trees.  Jon's beehive seems happy so far and the bees stay active on the new fruit tree blossoms.  Looks like I'll have to thin the Blenheim Apricot tree, as there are so many small fruits on it this year, and we do not want to break another branch!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Blogiversary!

Hi there, Readers!  It is Chickens in the Garden's anniversary!  Six years of every now and then sending out missives to you on chickens, cooking, and gardening, as well as other items of interest that cross my mind.

Once again at this time of year we are slicing up French prune plums and dehydrating them for the year. My husband has taken on much of this task, and we also have a nice, new orchard ladder that is helping with the harvesting.  It is amazing how many wonderful plums are on the tree...


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Apricots!

I've been busy with our Royal Blenheim Apricots. Our tree was incredibly productive this year and I've dried the apricots, made cobblers and tarts, and made jam. The jam has just apricots, sugar, and lemon juice. I'm using my new copper jam pot that has a wide bottom on it and helps make some delicious jams and preserves.  The jam in the jars looks so pretty in the window:


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Early Harvesting

The garden this year has some early vegetables that we've been enjoying.  We've already been eating Sweet 100 tomatoes in our salads, and last night we had our first cucumber--a Suyo Long.  It was sweet and crisp.  The pole beans have been producing like crazy, and the first full sized tomato is red and ripe--an Early Girl.  Still harvesting some purple sprouting broccoli and collards, and digging up red onions and shallots as well as some nice-looking garlic.