Poor Flo

So last night…

On my way out to lock the girls in for the night, I could hear one of them basically ‘screaming’. I knew a raccoon was in the coop going after the eggs only to find Flo, whose gone broody and won’t get off the eggs/out of the box. On one if the rare nights I didn’t have a flash light I grab the recently broken shovel head and banged it on concrete…while screaming down the hill to the chickens that I was on my way, then ran back in the house to get the flashlight. With flashlight in left hand and shovel head in right, I ran down the hill…yelling choice words until I got to the metal garage cans that store the food and without stopping swung the shovel so the lid went flying off…making a horrible racket.
Well…Now I’m looking in and around the coop and I see black feathers everywhere and five freaked girls still on their roost. I see no raccoon, no Flo. Gosh Darn Bleep Bleep!

Good thing it’s been hot here…I assume neighbors had their windows close and A/C running because I did not get any calls or visit from the po-po.
I may have been a bit dramatic…

And then there were 5….

But wait….
Who do I see…In the dark, under the trampoline, face bleeding…Flo, lucky stupid half face chicken.

So I apparently scared the raccoon off before I went in to get the flashlight, but not before it grabbed Flo by the face.
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My weapon

1) I hate raccoons
2) Chickens are stoopid

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Yay berries and a salad!

Yay…the black raspberries are a comin’! You stop watching them long enough, boom! they start to turn.

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Pretty sure these are the last of the strawberries

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Even then blueberries are coming along

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And last night we had a salad that consisted entirely of vegetables from the garden. Pak choi, peas, onions and broccoli.

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It’s been 2 weeks?…oops

Lots of things have been growing on (hee hee), but I guess I didn’t realize it had been that long. So lets play another round of catch up….

Last of the strawberries

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Lettuce from the lower garden, then transplanted into the upper garden

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Peas

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Errybody loves peas

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I left a few leeks in the garden…not so much for seed, but just to see the giant flower

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Black Tomato

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Beans

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Carrots

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Photos…aka quick way to catch up

Clematis

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Overwintered Leeks

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Cilantro

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Pick Axe works just as well as a Hoe

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Cucumber

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Cucumber

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Strawberries – Day Nine

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Blue Berry Blend Tomato

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Garlic

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Caprese Salad w/ First Tomato & Basil from Garden

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Lower garden ready to be planted. Sagan picking Peas…whether they’re ready or not

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Volunteer Heirloom Roma Tomato from last year

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Visitor in the ‘water feature’

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Potato Kitty

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Anyone else see his heart?

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Carrots and Swiss Chard

Very busy and productive weekend in the gardens. Tomatoes finally getting transplanted. Beans, peas, onions and carrots going in…pictures tomorrow .
And speaking of carrots, the following picture is what it looks like after you plant your carrot seed, go inside the house and a bad chicken decides to take a dirt bath in the same carrot bed.

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I replanted the carrots… after fixing the bed, but not before throwing a hanger out the window at chicken while yelling.
Yeah, I’m 12…

The first planting of carrots we did was much earlier this year when the hoop house was still up. We’re just now harvesting those carrots.

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We also started the “gosh, it grows so well, you can’t kill, and it looks so cool” Swiss Chard.
Unfortunately, it tastes like dirt. I’m up for any new recipe anyone has for Swiss Chard. I wanna like. I can grow it in between the cracks of our rock wall, so we’ve got the growing part if it down.
I just transplanted half the crop to the front flower bed 1) for looks and 2) for neighbors to help themselves. (The chard is on the far left in the first picture.)

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