The Easter Bunny!
The pressure was on for the Spy’s Mother’s Day gift, right?! ahahah
In other news, we have a new activity: hanging at the barn/horseback riding!
Our friend/neighbor is the sweetest letting us tag along with her to the barn about once a week so she can learn all about horses!
The planting and spring activities continue in the garden.
The white powdery stuff in the above photo is diatomaceous earth. I bought a big bag of it and am hoping it will cut down on the pests this year (especially squash bugs which are the worst!)
Diatomaceous earth (pronunciation: /ˌdaɪ.ətəˌmeɪʃəs ˈɜːrθ/), also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceoussedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator. Diatomite is used as an insecticide, due to its abrasive and physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick’s law of diffusion. (from Wikipedia)
Plus isn’t the word diatomaceous just great?! It should be an adjective and I may begin using it as such.
We have seen TONS of butterflies; including monarchs which I’ve never seen this early in the season!
Happy Mother’s Day!
One with the chicks.
First there were 3 little cardinals, then 2, then 1, then none. Bad spot for a nest? Hopefully photographing it didn’t disturb them. Maybe the black rat snakes are out hunting (even though we haven’t seen them yet)? Spring can be brutal.
We saw a run-over copperhead snake on our road (3rd one this spring!)! Again, a brutal spring for some. Exhibit D: the awful flooding in our area (we are up high and were thankfully not affected other than the kids having a week off school and bad traffic). All of the chicks are happily still alive and have enjoyed pecking around the yard (we’ve kept a close eye on them) but are still spending their nights in the comfort of our living room (in a bin).
We also moved the rabbits out to this area; so the bunnies and the chickens will be neighbors.
They caught some worms and the kids exclaimed, “I thought they were vegetarians!?”
Me: “No, look at them they’re like little velociraptors (especially when they blink).”
What’re you looking at?
Chickens are way more well behaved than bunnies. I spent like 45 minutes one night last week (during the heavy rain) trying to catch Bun-Bun in the woods.
Where we planted…
We have never tried growing cotton before; very exciting!
Hopefully she will never discover that they taste like chicken!
So for any of you that are considering getting chickens; there is a ton of information out there in internet world about raising chicks but I wanted to give you the most important #1 tip we’ve learned so far about keeping chickens:
Just wing it.