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Planning the Vegetable Garden

March 1, 2012

It’s about that time!  We’ll be planting in a few weeks, so I’m planning my little container boxes  – thinking about what we want to plant this year and where.  I just ordered seeds for dragon carrots and mexican sour gherkins.

Aren’t they cool varieties?  Did you know that all carrots used to be purple like that?  The orange ones are actually a biomodification (is that even a word?).  And who doesn’t want to eat cucumbers that look like watermelons for Barbie?  This will be the first year we’ve grown anything from seed, so it should be an interesting experiment!  Wish us luck!  (I ordered the seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, following suit of Gayla at You Grow Girl)  Hooray for planting season! 

On a side note, we were at a pet store the other day and they had baby chicks.  My kids fell in love with them, and when Kate found out they were only $3, she decided that’s what she’s saving her money for.  Uhm…great!  You realize they grow into big chickens, right?  We’ve been brainstorming ways to do it, but I just don’t know that we could fit a chicken coop anywhere.  I also have some other burning qustions like, Do they smell?  Do they make a lot of noise?  Do they try to peck you when you take the eggs?  These are things I don’t know about chickens.  I also don’t know if it’s even legal in my city to raise chickens.  I think it would be so cool to have fresh eggs everyday, but I’m not sure I’m ready for this type of a commitment.  Anyone have any advice on raising chickens?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 8:50 pm

    I LOVE your seeds. I must have some of those. I will have to follow your links. And yes, I have LOTS of advice on raising chickens. Lots and lots…we loved them, but yes, they get BIG fast. We got one rooster that had to go away b/c he was mean to the kids but we do miss his cock-a-doodle-doo. The chickens are great with the kids and we loved getting the eggs. Unfortunately, a weasel got all our chickens and I’m traumatized to this day. Someday we will have them again. There are few things better for your garden than chicken poo and I think it’s great for the kids – chores, eggs, low-maintenance animals, feeding, etc. But, beware the weasel 🙂

    • Lisa permalink*
      March 3, 2012 9:46 pm

      If you want I’ll send you some of the seeds when I get them. Good to know about the chickens. I found a spot that might work for them. I just have to figure out if I’m up for it!

  2. marisa permalink
    March 7, 2012 12:50 am

    Chuck has a bunch of chickens. He can probably give you some advice and info if it is legal. What a funny girl Kate is!

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