We Built Clover Hill


Working in the garden tonight. This is the driveway-side garden bed where we have four columnar apple trees, two rhubarb, one accidental mullein, and a volunteer tomato.

Verbascum/Mullein

We are professionals over here as evidenced by the newly dubbed Clover Hill.

All jokes aside, it’s good to be out in the front yard waving at the neighbors and sharing my love of gardening with kids and rabbits alike.


Much love,

💚

Jen

Harvest Count: January – May 2016

This is a really irregular time to be updating our harvest count… On a Tuesday, one day shy of five months after the last one. All I can say is life is hectic and chaotic and crazy over here. If you get a moment on a Monday night to schedule a post, you grab it with all twenty of your fingers and toes and hold on for dear life. It’s also pretty abrupt. Sorry for the lack of verbal poetry. Forgive me.

As a reminder, we have six lovely hens. I will try to remember to write a post here soon with pictures introducing them. In December on the Winter Solstice, we shut off the light we turn on during the autumn months to keep them laying a little longer. This gives them a little break right at the start of the new year before spring comes and gets their egg-laying engines going again. We experienced quite a dip, in February and March, but things began to pick up again the week of April 18th.

Harvest Count by Month

January

123 eggs

February

93 eggs

March

74 eggs

April

79 eggs

May

97 eggs

Year-To-Date Harvest Count as of May 31

Chicken Eggs: 466

Year-to-Date Price Estimate

Eggs. Our chickens are fed laying rations and food scraps. They go out in the run and peck at bugs and greenery we throw in there. We price their eggs at about $3/dozen since their feed is not organic. That is $1,398 in eggs so far this year (although we eat most of our profits ;). We were lucky enough to source a bunch of wood shavings for free to use for bedding as well as shredded newspaper, and in laying rations we’ve spent $80.47 so far this year. I’m not sure how much on electricity to keep the coop a little warmer and keep their water liquid. I would estimate we’re still very far ahead, though. Also not considered is the cost we paid to retrofit the garden shed into a coop, but all-in-all we kept those costs pretty low, too.

The “Lil Ass Garden”: A Community Partnership

Lil Ass Garden on June 5, 2016

Community partnerships can be so enriching. While I have 0.3 acres here in town with a lot of planting space, I’ve been looking for a chance to stretch my gardening legs with some plants that require a little more space or sun. I’m very lucky that Karla and Brian, a super nice couple who live nearby at Lil Ass Farm, have allowed me to create a “Lil Ass Garden” on their property just for this! We love coming out to the farm and visiting the donkey, chickens, sheep, goat, calf, kittens, and of course their large and very friendly dog. Our four kids run around in the grass while my husband and I get to work.

Lil Ass Farm banner

Our first serious grouping of plants went in to the garden on May 22nd.

Lil Ass Garden on May 22nd, 2016

The corn in the field adjacent had hardly popped its head up, and the weeds hadn’t really gotten started either. I’d thrown some radish seed down the first week of May, but unfortunately it didn’t come up. I’m not sure what went wrong. In any case, in the two weeks since May 22, the ground exploded with grass and weed seed.

Lil Ass Garden on June 5, 2016

Yesterday, we put in some more plants and a temporary “fence” using T-posts and a ball of nylon twine. We anchored each end with 4×4 posts that we had removed from our fence since it was rotting. After cutting off the rotting portion, we are reusing them here to see if they’ll help hold the fence steady. I’m a scavenging queen, so when Karla said she had some T-posts lying around that they only used in the winter, I did some research and jumped on it. It’s all a grand experiment, so we’ll see how it works out.

Tucked in with our industrious grass crop, Lil Ass Garden also has:

I still hope to get more plantings in this week… Some more tomatoes, beans, and peppers to start. And maybe I will have to pull some of that grass. 😉

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