Broody Hens and a Long Day Planting

We have two broody hens sitting on clutches of eggs.   If things go as they should we’ll have a bunch of newly hatched chicks in a few weeks.

The two mamas-to-be have different styles.  One is sitting in a box I placed on the floor of the coop.  She didn’t object when I moved her there and seems perfectly content to sit it out in the privacy of the box.

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The other one has hunkered down in a nesting box and seems determined not to be moved.  Based on the fierce stare she gives me whenever I come near, I’m satisfied that she’ll stay on the eggs like she should. 

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I spent a long day yesterday planting.  It felt good to get things in the ground.   It may seem that there isn’t much to see in this photo, but this is a garden I’ve been trying to get planted for a long time.  Beneath the soil are the seeds that will hopefully generate an abundance of peas, joi choi, kale, collards, turnip greens, strawberry spinach, green romaine lettuce, sensopai and rainbow chard.  It’s a pleasant sight to me.

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After I finished that garden I moved on to the potatoes.  I planted seven varieties this year, including four varieties of fingerlings that are new to us.

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A few more days like today and I’ll start to feel caught up.

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9 comments on “Broody Hens and a Long Day Planting

  1. Ann Wood says:

    That’s wonderful news….long waited for! Enjoy this time because when all of this produce starts to produce…you will have long days everyday. Rest while you can every chance you get! Blessings to you and Cherie!

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Ann. The days are starting to get pretty long already. I planted our sweet corn today, only four days behind my usual target date. It’s the closest I’ve been to planting on time this year. Hope y’all can make it out to the Open House Saturday.

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  2. Bob Braxton says:

    North Carolina (1950’s) “time to plant potatoes” was done by the Farmers’ Almanac

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    • Bob Braxton says:

      April 2013
      23rd-24th Plant Corn, Melons, Squash, Tomatoes, And Other Aboveground Crops. A Favorable Time For Sowing Grains, Hay And Fodder Crops. Plant Flowers.
      25th-26th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Peanuts, And Other Root Crops. Also Good For Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Kale, Celery, And Other Leafy Vegetables. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
      27th-29th Barren Days. Do No Planting.
      30th Favorable Day For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, And Other Root Crops.

      May 2013
      1st Plant Late Beets, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, And Other Root Crops.

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    • Bill says:

      Folks used to do it by the moon signs. But this year we’ve been delayed a month by wet weather.

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  3. I long to turn over some dirt … so glad things are moving ahead so beautifully for you…

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  4. Farmgirl says:

    Wonderful feeling to get those seeds in the ground and be out in the sunshine, isn’t it?!

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