I'm afraid there hasn't been much to post about of late. The weather here has been blah at best. As one blogger I know has put it, it's great for transplanting plants, but that's a bit too much glass half full for me. The only thing to germinate in my Fall garden so far has been radishes, which will germinate in any sort of weather.
On the bright side though, my ignored indoor germinated brassicas weren't all a total loss. My cauliflower were toast, but my broccoli seemed to be hardy enough to survive. Here's a pic I found on my phone when I was backing it up. Sorry if the resolution sucks.
Though the cauliflower on the left never bounced back, the broccoli seemed to be ok, even if the leaves do look a bit waxy.
As I had four (five if you include a double sprouter that I missed clipping), and only 4 SF to plant them, I decided to stagger them within the square to give these huge plants as much space to grow as possible. Of course, they haven't grown an inch in the week or two since I planted them. /sigh Gotta love this crappy summer weather.
In other news, the rain and warmish temperatures (highs in the upper 60s, lower 70s means grass grows fast around here. And despite the chickens doing an admirable job of keeping the grass short, I still needed to mow. I still haven't had to change out the shavings in the coop as they don't spend much time in there and I went 4 inches deep (not quite the Deep Litter Method, but close), but I'm still using the stored shavings from the brooder to layer in with my grass clippings when I compost.
I actually learned about feeding chickens grass clippings from a couple I met at a kids birthday party my eldest was invited to the other day. While chatting with the parents, I came to find that they lived in a rural-ish area of the Pacific NW and have 10 chickens. They've had chickens for years. It was a very good conversation. Gardening and chickens turn strangers into long-lost friends it seems. Don't you agree?
Lastly, to end this hodge-podge post, I thought I'd share a pic of how I get the girls in and out of their coop daily, along with a funny story.
BackyardChickens.com told me long ago that he uses his coop cleaning tools (a short-handled rake and scoop) to herd chickens. I only had a rake, but it worked pretty well. Silly chickens, they just want to free range. No luck in my yard though. They get plenty of space and a new area to forage daily. They'll just have to make due.
So, go ahead and brag about your gardens and how great weather you're having. I can take it.
Enjoy your garden!