Rain: Day 4

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With an hour to spare, we managed to get the majority of our garden planted last Friday before the rain hit.  In addition to the onions, beets, cabbage, lettuce that we had previously planted; we added green peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, green beans, cantaloupe… I think that’s everything.  We still need to plant our pumpkins and watermelons as well.  Then I think that should cover it  until we do our fall garden.  Our beets may have to be re-planted due to all the rain.  Beginning to think they rotted out.

Two out of three of our apple trees bloomed this year!!!  Yay!!!  I’m so excited!  Here’s hoping for fresh fruit this year!

Chickens are 7 weeks old now and seemed to have adjust to the coop life quickly.  They “tuck themselves in” just before dark now which is a WHOLE lot easier than catching them!  They don’t seem to sit on the roost though – they’ve been sleeping on the poop board.

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We’ve got the coop ramp done and decided to put the duck hut on hold for awhile – they’ve been sleeping in the coop with the chickens.  It seems to work just fine and would consider keeping it that way except they don’t seem to know how to “work” the ramp.  They take one step and fall/jump off and I’m scared they will break they’re feet and/or legs.  It definitely does not look anything close to graceful.  So maybe the duck hut might be a good idea – perhaps they’ll enter one closer to the ground willingly instead of us having to catch and release… I hear peas work wonders 🙂  But in the meantime, I’m trying to sell/trade my two drakes for some hens before they start getting aggressive.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

While we wait, the family took part in our little Spring tradition the other day – Dandelions.  Every Spring, our family actually anticipates the arrival of this little weed because we fry and eat them… and they are good!  According to our 3yr old, they taste like chicken.

I’ve looked into other things you can make with dandelions including tea and jelly.  For a weed, they are surprisingly very healthy for you:

“Nutritionally, dandelion greens and roots are chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are one of the most nutritionally dense greens you can eat. Along with the punch of nutrition, they have many medicinal qualities as well. They are potassium-rich and have a strong diuretic quality, as well as efficacy as a blood detoxifier and good for the liver. They have long been used to treat digestive disorders and to treat arthritis and eczema.”  Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eating-dandelions.html#ixzz2SWLm6mma

So before you mow the little suckers over, grab a scoop of ’em and try ’em out!  You might just surprise yourself.  Well here’s hoping the next few days are nicer.  Rain… you can take a break so we can mow… again.

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5 comments

  1. Love your posts. Here in Atlanta we’ve received almost 7 inches of rain in three days. Truly, it is too wet to plow, or plant. Hopefully soon.

  2. I’ve heard of eating dandelion greens and flowers in a salad, as well as making dandelion wine and tea. I have never heard of them fried. They look battered in the picture. Do you batter and deep fry them then? And is it just the flowers that you do this with?

    • Yes, we just pick the yellow flower. (I hear early Spring is ideal time to pick them) We soak them in salt water for a little bit to kill bugs and then rinse them off, roll them in flour, and skillet fry them in canola oil. You could also use a deep fryer. They kind of taste like a mix of fried okra and morel mushrooms. We’ve also fried them up using fish batter before with great success! – We used Andy’s Cajun Fish Breading from Kroger.

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