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!
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.
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!