Not much in the way of garden topics tonight. First off, I wanted to let you know to check out my new page, 4) Hoop Covers. I've been toying with the page for a year or two, and just decided to finish it, especially since I came to the realization the hoops could be used to tractor my chickens in the beds in Fall. Also, I just realized that this theme does not allow comments on pages. I've got hundreds of posts nobody can see because the theme won't allow it. Grrr
Next, I wanted to apologize if you got yet another message that the site's been suspended. I've tried to contact the site owner, without success. Since I don't own the site, or pay for it, I have no say. My wife thinks I should switch to Google, but I see a few problems with that. I don't have a clue if or how I could save all my posts and transfer them over. If I couldn't transfer my blog in its entirety, I wouldn't want to move. Second, I would likely lose all the traffic I get here, which used to be formidable... And a distant last would be learning a whole new set-up. Ah well, something to think about.
About the only garden activities I've had of late are the occasional sprouting of tomatoes, which go up to the light system. Boy are these taking a long time to germinate. One of the latest to germinate was one of the new varieties. I am worried because it germinated right at the edge of the cup, not in the middle where I planted it. I'm afraid it won't root well right near the edge and I'll lose it. I may pot that one up sooner to give it more dirt on that side.
I also got from my folks a few of their pill bottles so I can try my hand at building a new soil block maker. Mine works fine, but I kind of wanted the taller one. I get so many stubby soil blocks that I wanted them to start taller. Just what I need, more projects! EG I'm not!
On the chicken front, I've finished Chickens for Dummies and am still bumping around Backyard Chickens.com (see sidebar). In my research, I'm now concerned that the 4x8 ark I'm planning will be too small for 4 chickens. At 32 SF, that'll hold a maximum of 3 birds, not 4. I don't want to make it bigger as it would become awkward to move around daily, especially if I wanted to lift it over the fence to have them hang out in the front yard for a change.
Lastly, my wife's Facebook friend has started a blog. She's a chef and it's mostly a gardening/self sufficiency blog. And where I got a boost in 2009 from the Seattle Times, she just got one from CNN... in other words, I'm not in her league. Hehe.
Well, there are several random thoughts, but that's how my mind's going today.
Enjoy your garden!