Monday, April 6, 2009

Everything is Growing...Kind Of!


Above is a shot of one of my flower/veggie gardens and below of my vegetable/flower garden (the lines are blurring betweent the 2), I feel like it's a successful gardening year so far! There are sunflowers, peas, potatoes, corn, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers & squash (thanks Marci), garlic (thanks dad), zinnias and sweet potatoes in my veggie garden. I don't know where everything is going to spread to?! (I planted things close together) I was hoping to have it all fill in so I didn't have to weed very much, we'll see if it was a good or bad idea. We have peaches and plums and citrus already set on our trees and many of my flowers are already in bloom (poppies, bachelor buttons, marigolds, allysum, and some others). So lots of our yard is growing, but Mr. Rooster was getting to be a real pest, and eating lots of food and not laying a single egg, and 6 of our hens were thinking they should start sitting on their eggs and stopped laying (hoping to have Mr. Roosters babies), so on Saturday, during the priesthood session, the kids and I did a little chop chop to Mr. Rooster's head and dressed him nicely and put him in the BBQ for dinner. (Little note to anyone else that's as naive as I am...don't BBQ meat that doesn't have an ounce of fat on it...let's just say jerky isn't this tough!) So, on Sunday we made a nice Mr. Rooster soup and it was delightful! (After about 5 hours of simmering) I wasn't sure if I had it in me to take the life of an animal that followed me around the yard, and for the most part was decent, but I did it, and I'm sure next spring I'll do it again. And instead of plucking him, I just skinned him right after butchering...I read about it on-line, it was really quick and much less stinky than plucking after dunking! I wonder how a skinless chicken would freeze, maybe it would freezer burn more easily?



2 comments:

Me said...

You have done a great job with your garden! I love it. You commented about home school...are you seriously considering it? If you are, I'd love to talk with you about it. You would be great! christy.rie@verizon.net
Love you!
Christy

Princess Gerty said...

Your yard looks fabulous!