Graduation Day!

 

Today is a BIG day! The ‘girls’ have graduated from our bathtub to their new chicken abode. They are both excited and nervous. I guess I am too! Mamie, Dolly, Jackie-O, Bess, Harriet, and Priscilla (yes, they are named after past president’s wives) are now full-fledged chickens, scratching in the grass and straw, roosting on their posts, and attempting to bwack and cluck like the dainty young ladies that they are. Okay, well maybe not so dainty, but they do attempt to strut around like sassy girl chickens showing off their new feathers.

The weather here in East Cornfield, Indiana has finally presented us with beautiful blue skies and warm, breezy days allowing us to get our gardens planted and some of my herbs potted. I was beginning to get concerned as the cold, wet forecasts were relentless, but the old-timers around here explained to me that it’s not unusual to plant your vegetables on Memorial Day. Sure enough, I will be planting the rest of my seed starts this week end and setting tomatoes out to harden off. Happy Memorial Day!

We have also been keeping an eye on a nest that a pair of robins built under the eaves of our side-porch roof. Both of the robins have been diligently taking turns sitting on the nest or feeding the babies scrounged worms and mealy bugs. Just this morning, the baby robins were big enough for us to take pictures of them poking their fuzzy little heads out with beaks wide open. We have been trying to be cautious while coming and going, as this is our main entry area, but it has been enjoyable listening to their peeps and watching the parents.

It sure feels good to get outside and work the farm after a long, tedious winter and wet, cold spring. Like my grandma True used to say, “blow the stink off” and that’s just what it feels like to me. The windows and doors are all thrown open, the porches cleaned off and lawn furniture brought out of storage, and work gloves and garden clogs are always at the ready as our growing season has finally blessed us.

Here’s hoping that everybody has a Whimsical Moon day!  BWACK!!

 

 

 

 

Still Clucking Along

 

It has been a few weeks since I have had an opportunity to sit down and write a new blog post, but Whimsical Moon Herb Farm is still clucking along.

The weather has been petulant and cranky in Central Indiana which has set our gardening endeavors behind schedule but I can still find signs that the season is moving forward.  The girls have grown considerably with their feathers coming in and their peeps becoming clucks. We picked up their new Coop-acabana from Tractor Supply last week and will be building their new home soon. They should be ready to move into their new digs about the time we have it ready for them.

The rangy kittens have become chaotic cats and keep a close eye on the weather as well. All four of them sit at the windows watching the wind and rain blow by, waiting for that moment they can prowl the farm and hang out in the barn.

The tulips and dandelions have mostly finished blooming and the California poppies and trillium are getting ready to flourish. My room-mate Mindy recently discovered wild trillium, also called wake robin, growing throughout the woods where she has been hunting for her prized morel mushrooms. We discovered trillium was a valuable healing herb for the native people in this area and I plan on creating an entire blog about this versatile and interesting medicinal in a future post.

In between stormy weather and tornado warnings, we have been able to at least get our garden area turned over and plan on planting as soon as the temperatures warm up once again. Tomato, pepper, and cantaloupe starts are ready to be hardened off in the cold frame and we plan on planting corn, beans, peas, squash, and salad greens just as soon as the sun shines warm on us again. All of the herb starts, including sage, thyme, chamomile, peppermint, and slow growing rosemary will have to wait for even warmer temperatures and will probably be hanging out in our tiny greenhouse for several more weeks.

Hope all of you are having a whimsical moon spring and green blessings to each and everyone of you!