Work Day

Compost!  It worked!  We got a wheelbarrow full of nice crumbly black compost from our pile that was neglected most of the winter.  I think chicken…. litter…. and lots of rain this winter did the trick!

Raked off the top layer of not-composted stuff and this was underneath.

Cassandra was looking for worms and feeding them to the chickens!

The strawberries survived the winter.

Garden boxes all dug up and ready for..... April.

 

Even the chickens were working on the "work day".

The kids were a huge help (again – somehow I’m always surprised by how much they can help).  Cassandra cleaned the kitchen, swept the kitchen and dining room, then came out and helped with the chickens, refilling the nesting boxes, and helped me maneuver the wheelbarrow between the compost pile and the gardens (“Mommy, you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t be doing that.”).  Emma vacuumed the hallway, living room, and her bedroom; helped Carter clean out the garage; and helped me weed out some stray weeds and old plants out of the garden.  Garrett was Daddy’s helper for the day.  We were very happy to see that the few strawberry plants that we got from a neighbor have survived the winter (so far), and look good.

Yesterday was about 68* and today is about 71*.  We keep thinking it’s spring, but then we remind ourselves that the past two years, we’ve had snow in March, so we have to contain (i.e. NOT plant tomatoes just yet) our excitement and just enjoy the warm days that we do get as a reprieve.  And we know that many nice days are coming soon.

 

Getting ready to be a human rototiller.

 

Cassandra decided we needed a picture of me working....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Dandelion, Emma's favorite hen.

I think this is "George", Garrett's favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basking in the sunlight (this one doesn't have a name)

We really enjoy having chickens and they seem to enjoy having us around, too.  Their little noises are so fun and they’re always busy doing seemingly nothing.  They seemed to enjoy the nice weather as much as we do.

They had quit laying completely for a few months when the weather got so cold.  I know they usually drop way off in production in the winter, but to not get one egg for months didn’t see right to me.  Thankfully, though, they did start laying again a few weeks ago and we’re now getting 3-5 eggs a day.  It seems sometimes like all we do is feed those girls, but when they’re laying, and we get good compost for the gardens, I guess it’s all worth it.  🙂

After we did our work, a friend of mine came for a visit and we talked gardens, and canning, and chickens for a while.  Cassandra made sugar cookies while we visited and later on we had a cook-out to round out a nice springtime day.  Georgia is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy being outside!

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About micandme

Homeschool mommy to three munchkins, ages 9, 7, and 5. Christ-follower, nurse, wife, knitter, spinner, crafter, camper, hiker, people-pleaser, homesteader-wanna-be!
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5 Responses to Work Day

  1. Danny M says:

    I meant to tell you that the gold and brown chicken (rooster?) you have is just gorgeous!

    Also, do you put a light in your hen house? I put a 75-100Watt bulb in our tractor, and it keeps or light and warm enough that our hens never stopped laying. The heat helps, but I’ve hears that it’s really the extra light that does it.

    Nice blog!

    • micandme says:

      Danny, even “George” is a hen. No roosters here! We did have one once, but figured we shouldn’t risk disturbing our neighbors! He was relocated to a (good) farm when he started getting noisy.

      We didn’t do a light because it’s so far from the house and we didn’t want to try to get electricity out there, but I have heard that it would make a difference. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. Cary Ann says:

    I am right there with ya’ on the egg production..LOL. I was lucky to get 1 egg a week from mine all winter. I felt guilty like I was “cheating” on them by buying eggs from the grocery store..LOL. But I got 3 eggs Saturday so maybe thay all had a talk and decided it was time to get into action or mabe they heard me threatening to put them in a good chicken pie :0
    I think there is nothing more enjoyable then having a great work day as a whole family outside. Those are some of my most prized moments. All the kids are gonna be such a great help with you when new baby comes. I bet they are so excited!
    Hope you all have a great week, Cary Ann

  3. Jill says:

    Glad you, too, were able to enjoy the beautiful weather we had this weekend. Such a blessing!
    I miss having chickens. Maybe one day we will live in a place where we will be able to have them…and some other critters, too.

    Jill

  4. Jessica says:

    Our eggs are finally coming back. I sure missed them. I love the pictures and your compost looks good and rich. CONGATS! love finding this blog. Keep up the great work.

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