Garden, Home, Things I Like

Barn Decor

New decorations for the coop and gate. We may be a muddy mess, but we’re a cute muddy mess! 😂

A few of you have asked about where I found my gate roosters. It was one of those 3am finds on eBay. I was quite sure I had discovered a rare treasure! Luckily for all of you, it turns out, it is also available on Amazon for $19.99. 😂

Here’s the link: 😊

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B078B941LV/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1521479118&sr=2&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3524794262&pd_rd_wg=7Kuv6&pf_rd_r=WKPFD1Z1SPZSB82A2B4D&pf_rd_s=mobile-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=9701&pd_rd_i=B078B941LV&pd_rd_w=BPsjp&pf_rd_i=metal+rooster+wall+decor&pd_rd_r=32de05f5-c7c6-4bc5-ad47-c1521509a4c8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65

Chickens, Garden, Home, Horses

Happy Saturday!

Fence project – done!!!

It’s not perfect because I don’t weld, but it’s pretty gosh darn close, and certainly $1500 worth of close! 😁

Now on to the next project. I’m gonna use this 95 gallon galvanized water tank from the barn, and the damaged pieces of fence, and make a bigger baby chick brooder.

The littles have gotten SO big! They need more space. (Wait ’till I tell you the story which proves it!!! 😯 I’ll write it as soon as I finish this project. Let’s just say Madeleine proved she is truly a benevolent chick-sitter!) But it’s too soon, and too cold, to put them in the puppy play pen yet.

I’m gonna whip this up, then the bride and groom are coming over to make plans for wedding we’re having here next month. Yay!!! And then I really need to make lemon bars!

#mylittlechickens

Garden, Home, Horses

Mending Fences

My first project of the day: this broken fence.

Seven old cypress trees blew over in the last storm. Luckily, there wasn’t much damage, except for a section of this fence. I’ve already got a roll of this fencing, from some chicken projects I was working on, so I don’t even need a trip to the hardware store!

I may be a city girl, but I know my way around horse fencing and hog ties, and I’m not afraid of a little mud! (Take THAT, fence company who wanted thousands of dollars for the job!) 😁

#mylittlechickens

Farm to Fork, Garden, Things I Like

Headed to the Farmer’s Market!

Today I’m headed to the downtown Sacramento farmer’s market with my favorite six year old, and my favorite Christmas present! I use this wagon in the garden and barn for a million things. It has all terrain wheels that can handle the pasture, and carry heavy loads. It’s washable, and collapsible, so I also throw it in the car each week, and load it up with bushels of treasures at the farmer’s market. I used to use baskets, but they kept breaking, because I love to find the full flats of slightly bruised strawberries, peaches, or cherries, for making homemade jams. No more!

Here’s link if you’d like to check it out: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06VTCLX48/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520200974&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=creative+outdoor+all+terrain+folding+wagon&psc=1&smid=A1VLPYMYU04LA0

Family, Garden

Fairy Gardens

Our sweet neighbor came over to play with Elizabeth today. But Elizabee had homework. So, even though Emily is a “big kid”, she spent the afternoon with Daisy, teaching her to plant a fairy garden. 🧚‍♀️ 🧚‍♂️ I just love that girl!! ❤️❤️❤️

#urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #chickens #eggs #cooptofork #coop #barn #farmlife #coopdreams #coopgoals #fairygarden

Chickens, Garden, Silly Chickens, Things I Like

Flyte So Fancy!

Oh my gosh you guys!!! I have found the most amazing, in-your-fantasy-life-this-is-where-you-will-buy-all-your-chicken-supplies website! 😍😍😍 You have to check it out! It’s called Flyte so Fancy. https://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/index.html

Tragically, unless you live in England, it can only be in your fantasy life. Flyte So Fancy, I think I love your coops more than anything in the world. I think you need to expand your market to the U.S., and that you should start by sending me a coop that I can share with the thousands of people who would also fall in love with your coops here!! 😘 😁)

In the meantime, dear readers, you’re welcome for many hours worth of weekend chicken daydreaming on their site. (And it’s not just the pictures, the articles are really good too! Seriously!! 😂)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go pretend that I’m Princess Kate, and my countryside cottage needs a coop. ❤️❤️❤️😁

https://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/chickenhouses/The_Gypsy_Daydream.html

#urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #cooptofork #chickens #eggs #coop #farmlife #prettycoop #coopdreams #coopgoals

Garden

Spring is Coming

I cleaned out the vegetable garden today. It should have been done in November. But, as you all know, life has a way of taking over! I cleared away the final, withered, unpicked Romano beans off their trellises. The dead vines of last summer’s deep indigo Morning Glories crumbled to dust in my hands. I pulled the dried stalks of heirloom tomatoes I had espaliered, (which the squirrels had particularly enjoyed as their own personal buffet). Even stiff, bare sunflower canes waited to be pulled. I was long overdue.

But then, miraculously, under blankets of dried oak leaves covering garden pots, I discovered burgeoning strawberry buds, hidden under umbrellas of wide green leaves, having shockingly survived the winter.

I uncovered pale green fava bean sprouts already climbing a lattice on their own.

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(Well that will save me some steps!)

img_0920I even discovered a few marigolds and pansies, which had refused to die.img_0947And then, I spied the first butter yellow daffodils of the season.As I put away my garden tools in the barn, I saw that the small Black Phoebe bird has returned to her mud nest in the rafters, as she does each spring. Soon I’ll have photos to share of wide open baby bird mouths, bigger than their bald heads, waiting, in their nest. And one day, in a few weeks, I’ll walk into the barn, and instead of the mother aflutter at my presence, a handful of adolescents will tumble awkwardly from the nest and careen out of the barn. And I will worry that they have flown from the nest too soon.

Spring is coming. ❤️

Garden, Things I Like

Planting Bulbs in Spring?

Daisy and I planted hundreds of daffodil and tulip bulbs in the fall. It took us a couple of weeks. As we were finishing, we noticed that some of them were already sprouting green shoots and buds. I worried that if hard frosts did come later in the winter, all the plants would die. And if it did stay warm, we’d have tulips and daffodils by Valentine’s Day! Call me old fashioned – but I like my bulbs to bloom in the Spring. 😁

So we decided to save the last couple bags of bulbs to plant later, in hopes of spring blooms. It did turn out to be an exceptionally warm winter, the Narcissuses were up by New Year’s Eve. The rest aren’t far behind! Sometimes I miss the years when we lived in New England. I remember looking hungrily for the yellow forsythia blooms among bare branches. And I was so excited for the first purple crocuses poking through the snow at Easter.

Here in California, I’ve stored the remaining bulbs in paper bags in the refrigerator for the past few weeks, and Daisy and I are planting them now. I hope this will work! But I’ve never done it this way before. Have any of you?

I’m using one of my favorite tools – have y’all seen this before? It’s an attachment for my power drill that drills bulb holes! It is SO awesome! My dad gave it to me for Christmas a couple years ago. I’m ashamed to say it sat unused in my garden shed until this fall, because I didn’t really understand how great it is. Poking bulb holes in beds never seemed that hard. But this tool completely changes the game! It is so fast and easy. I owe my father a belated, more enthusiastic, thank you!

(I love sharing things I think are neat, but this isn’t any sort of a compensated endorsement. I’ll try to find one like it online and leave a link in the comments in case anyone is interested. 😊)

#urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #chickens #eggs #cooptofork #coop #barn #farmlife #coopdreams #coopgoals #bulbs #tulips #daffodils #garden

Garden, Rabbits

Mr. MacGregor’s Garden

So here’s the reason we named our bunnies Peter and Flopsy. Our next door neighbor is literally a farmer named Mr. MacGregor!

Sacramento is historically an agricultural community. 100 years ago our area was all farmland. Our house was built next to a dairy farm. It’s no longer active, but acres of fields with fruit trees, barns, and windmills remain. I look out into the fields, and old chicken houses, from my kitchen window. (This makes me SO happy, and I know how lucky I am!) Mr. McGregor generously allows my kids to hunt for bugs in the fields, and me to “borrow” figs and plums from the trees in the summer. We really couldn’t name our bunnies anything else!

#urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #cooptofork #chickens #eggs #coop #farmlife #prettycoop #coopdreams #coopgoals #prettyeggs #chicks #bunnies #rabbits #peterrabbit