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Blooming-May

• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium

Harvesting-May

• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries

           

Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking Artichokes

An artichoke ready to serve.

Artichokes are easy to grow, easy to harvest, and easy to cook. […]

Preparing fresh pumpkins after a “bumper crop”

Bake pumpkins in the oven then scoop out contents.

A “bumper crop” of pumpkins means examinating ways to use them. Preparing pumpkins to be cooked is essential. One way of preparing pumpkins is baking them in halves or cube and roast in the oven. Cooked pumpkin can then be frozen or dehydrated. […]

Australian Labradoodle Happenings

Five Australian labradoodles visiting for a playdate. From left: Mattie, Madelyn, Chloe, Tillie, Cocoa.

Australian labradoodles enjoy socializing with humans as well as with other dogs. We have regular play dates with labradoodles that live in our community. […]

Our Hens

Poppy

Daisy

 

“Daisy” is a fluffy Buff Orpington. A big, beautiful blond. Sweet, tame, the first to greet us, the first to be on our laps when we sit nearby. She is somewhat “motherly” to the other hens, although she’ll never hatch eggs and be a mother because we have no rooster. She was […]

Camera Tech- Hencam

Outside camera attached to henhouse.

 

Outside camera attached to henhouse.

Outside Camera

The Panasonic BL-C140A network cameras that we installed have built-in web software, and other nice features. They have a proprietary Power over Ethernet (POE) feature. If your camera is 100 feet or less from a power source, you can use the standard Cat 5 cable to […]

Cambria’s Water Shortage No Small Deal

Sweetpea bush

Agapanthus “Peter Pan”

We. in Cambria, a little village on the ocean between S.F. and L.A. are experiencing a severe drought. Our water district board, the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has prohibited the use of potable (treated) water on our landscapes. Here is the notice we received:

“Effective immediately the CCSD is implementing […]

Two New Hens!

Two new hens

Jacob brings Ginger and Penelope to their new home.

I’m happy to announce that we have two new five-month-old pullets (young hens) that joined our tiny flock of two. Sweetpea and Daisy (last ones out of our original flock of six) are now 5 1/2 years old. Sweetpea, the barred rock, still lays 5 […]

We’ve had Guests

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Sweetpea and Daisy have a blooming rosebush in their outdoor coop.

 

Last week we had a house full of guests. Our youngest son Milo, was married on our deck overlooking the ocean on a sunny afternoon. Guests wandered through the garden and were entertained by Daisy and Sweetpea. The hens love people and […]

Silver-laced Wyandotte Passes Away

Poppy

Pretty Poppy a Silver-laced Wyandotte Hen

 

Poppy, our pretty silver-laced Wyandotte died today. I’m not terribly distraught because she died of what I believe is old age. I found her under the roost. She was paralyzed on one side of her body. No blood. No broken bones. Just laying with her wings spread […]

Dog attacked hen. What I learned

Sweetpea's wound from dog attack.

Dog attack. Hen lost skin and feathers.

When I encounter a mishap, I try to learn from it. Most of you who read this blog know that our dear Sweetpea, a barred rock, was attacked by a dog last month. The dog was thankfully not one of our own labradoodles. That would have been […]