In preparation for going back to work, the last week (and the next one) are going to be a full-on blitz of activity, starting with finally planting the hedgerow I have wanted for years. Until last spring we had two 3 story elm trees that shaded the backyard so badly that we could not grow anything. They were removed due to dutch elm and now we have loads of room for new plantings, including my hedgerow. I planted gooseberries, a red and a black currant, red and black raspberries and the elderberry (insert Python joke here) bushes are on order.
Here they are soaking in the slop sink in preparation for planting. I would have taken an “after” photo but it would have been of a line of mulch with sticks coming out. 🙂
I also moved the raised beds for the peas and the beans into the backyard and got them prepared and planted, had to put the girls back in the run after that as they wouldn’t stay out of the bean bed.
They have gotten very used to free-ranging during the day and complain loudly when I do have to keep them in the run for one reason or another.
They are leaving the hive alone, which I was concerned about initially, I was worried they might think it was the chicken equivalent of a drive-thru. Here is Mrs. Beeton ignoring it in favor of grass and dandelions.
Lots of spring cleaning out as well last week, no additional cooking challenge meals, but I have been inspired in the kitchen none the less and have made a few new things, a new favorite is Blue Fish baked with herbs and white wine.
This week is painting our kitchen cupboards. We have dreadful big box ones that someone put in in the 80’s from the look of it. I sanded them yesterday and hope to clean them up today and do the painting Tuesday and Wednesday. I want to get these big projects done before I go back to work.