black beans and brussels sprouts

the black beans are almost done.  i picked a few today.  eventually the entire plant will have dried bean pods on them and i’ll take the whole plant and beat it into a can…so the dried bean fall out.

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i decided to pull the brussels sprouts.  they were covered with cross-striped cabbage moth larvae and cabbage loopers.  they had really done some damage to the foliage.  I was picking them off by hand (daily) and feeding them to the chickens, but after being gone for a couple of days, i lost the battle.  i could have sprayed them, but had made the decision a few years ago to have ‘no spray’ gardens.  (which is way i gave up on growing broccoli.  even after constantly picking off cabbage loopers, i would still find what was left of them after boiling or microwaving the broccoli…yuk)

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copper marans are a layin’

one of the new girls has started to lay eggs.   i think its flo.  she was acting weird(more so than usual) the other day.  although the new girls are suppose to be copper marans, one of them (flo) looks like she’s half black australorp and half copper maran. the eggs are suppose to be a dark reddish burgundy.  maybe she just needs to get into the swing of things…or maybe her half and half breed lays this colored egg.  either way, since its her first attempt at laying, they are not too bad.  i assume the eggs will get larger as they get older.  she did miss the nesting box and the egg on the left is cracked on the bottom.

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powdery mildew and bad chickens

i think its the end of my dragon’s egg cucumber.  powdery mildew wins.  Image

also, i just came home to find the girls in the upper garden.  guess they wanted cucumbers and beans for dinner.    i do not have a photo of that…i was too busy yelling and spraying them down with the super soaker 9000.  instead, i have one of the ‘new girls.’  this is vera and flo.

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this is alice, although, i usually call her ‘little girl’

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