The first spears of our asparagus patch poking out to greet chilly air. We won't be able to harvest anything until next spring. The plants need all the energy they can get from the aerial parts.
THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• “Siberian” Leafy Kale
• “Red Russian” Sprouty Kale
• Swiss Chard
• Spring Onions
• Purple Sprouting Broccoli
• Turnip Rapini, or “Broccoli Raab”
Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.
The weather has been beautiful, mostly, for April. Remember last year? Frosty, rainy, even snowy—until mid-May? We couldn’t plant anything on time last year. Last week we got our early crops of carrots, beets, spinach, Yokatta-Na (and others), and peas done! And even the early cut-flowers! I think it’s going to be a good year.
The last windy week ripped the covers off of our first pea crop, planted in early March when it was sunny and dry, then protected with metal hoops and fabric to keep out frost and wind. Early peas this year!
There have been other signs of spring this week. We found our first hatch of renegade chicks. This hen hatches at least one brood every year. She’s very stealthy, we never know where she hides:
Our first hatch of the year! We found three stranded baby chicks by the hay shed, and had to search to find this mama. She had three with her in the bushes, but all were reunited successfully.
The new pullets are starting to gear up for laying, too. When the girls start out, they make a lot of practice eggs. Sometimes they’re funny shapes, sometimes not complete. Here are a couple that survived to be documented:
Sometimes, when chickens are just learning how to lay eggs, they make an egg without a shell. This one has the membrane intact, and is a complete egg inside, just no outer shell to protect it.
There's a tiny pullet egg at the top of the M&M's.