It’s been busy around the Goodwin homestead. We welcomed three new hens to the flock. Now completing our little backyard chicken operation. We now have; four battery rescue white leghorns (Henrietta, Peggy, Gretel and Queenie) two cuckoo Marans (Lucia and Lilliana) a Langshan (Katherine) a Buff Orpington (Margaret Puff) and three new Ameraucanas (Annabelle, Maisie and Penelope) Our eggs are much more colourful now! And the activity in the chicken run is never ending.
We are also diving into sowing season with much gusto. In the next few weeks everything for the season will be sowed this years attempted crop will include; sweet corn, Indian corn, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, summer squash, peas, Romano beans, cucumber, three heirloom tomato varieties and a third generation cherry tomato, asparagus, purple bell betters, Neopolitan peppers, eggplant, black radish, watermelon radish, red radish, orange red and purple carrots, watermelon from seeds I brought back from the Mexican carribean coast, honeydew melon, tigger melon and depending on space maybe a yellow heirloom watermelon variety, kale, cabbage, Swiss chard, red beets, and spinach, purple sweet potatoes and orange sweet potatoes. I will be trying a companion planting method this year and will have nasturtiums, marigolds, chives, basil, parsley, thyme, and dill planted throughout the vegetables. So far I haven’t had much luck with my beets; the leaves keep getting eaten by some unknown pest. Very frustrating as beets are one of my favourite!
Andrew and I also planted about ten boxes of flower bulbs; dinner plate dahlias, wind flowers, Mexican day lilies, ranunculus, Mckana hybrids, and California poppies. We planted them among he existing gladiolus, daffodils, tulips, crocus, roses and lavender. We are very excited about this years planting!