Meet our six sweet baby chicks! Our little backyard flock of chickens is approaching retirement age and we barely get an egg every other day. This spring was the perfect opportunity to add some new little cuties to the homestead!
My goal for a long time has been to have multi colored eggs year round. Did you know that some chickens lay pale blue or green eggs? Crazy, I know! This time around we chose 2 Ameracaunas and 2 Rainbow Eggers in hopes of achieving a fun variety of sea-washed colors to add to our usual brown eggs.
Our last Buff Orpington passed away this past summer, so I just had to get two more of my favorite fluffy yellow chickens. They grow to be a large, sturdy hen that likes to be social. They also tolerate the crazy temperature extremes we get here in zone six. The Ameracaunas and Rainbow Eggers tend to be a little cranky and like their personal space, which my kids totally disregard!
I am in full blown seed sowing production over here. If things go the way I hope, I should have about 400+ plants ready for spring planting. Fingers crossed I can keep them alive until then!
Follow along on Instagram @ninnescah_made to see more frequent updates on this 'little' garden operation that's taking over my kitchen!
These little pots have Bells of Ireland plants growing rapidly. According to the seed packet, these particular flowers can tolerate below freezing temperatures and can be transplanted outside in April... we will see. I'm not entirely convinced! I will probably start with a few and see how it goes.
I like to start a few six packs of my favorite flowers inside, then begin a staggered direct sow after the last frost date (usually May 1st in our area). This is the best way for me to have fresh cut flowers throughout the summer months! I also have saved seeds from last year. This is the best possible way to achieve a budget garden! It is definitely nice to just buy flats from a greenhouse when spring arrives, but it is so satisfying (and cheap) to grow my own!
Have a happy day!