I have several clients on vacation this week so my workload has been a bit light. I have taken full advantage of the extra time to work outside getting the garden weeded and ready for the big transplant session this weekend. HOT temperatures reaching 80s and 90s began on Thursday are expected to continue through the weekend. Pretty drastic difference from the 40s we experienced last weekend.
A lot of weeds have been popping up in the garden beds as a result of all the rain we have experienced. As I weeded the spring greens bed, I discovered that some of the "weeds" were cilantro. I must have added spent cilantro stalks to the compost bin last year and the seeds sprouted. These self-sown plants are a welcomed addition. Cilantro doesn't transplant well and I have difficulty growing from direct sowed seeds.
|Surprise Cilantro in the Lettuce Bed|
The coop has been progressing slowly. We worked on the details on the outside such as adding hinges and installing the doors, which includes two main doors on either end, a chicken "pop" door that will allow the flock into the enclosed pen, and an egg retrieving door. We also assembled the windows out of a few boards and plexiglass. Then we measured and cut the trim around all the windows, doors, and corners. All the trim required painting and that is where we were held up because of the rainy weather. Now that drier and warmer weather is here progress can resume.
|Painting Trim for the Coop|
The chicks are doing really well. It has been a week since we brought them home. I can't believe how fast they grow.
|Chicks at One Week|
The seedlings are outside now all hardened off and ready to be placed into the garden. I have taken inventory and am reworking the garden plan in order to fit in the number of seedlings I have. No matter how well I plan, I always end up with some extra in one variety and some short in another.
It will be a busy weekend as I finally transplant the seedlings and sow some seeds.