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Turkey Tracks:  June 3, 2012

Home Again, Home Again

You may have noticed that I have not written on the blog in a while.

At least I hope you’ve noticed!

We are just back from spending 10 days with our children and the grands, who are all in Charleston, SC.  We had a packed schedule, so I did not even attempt to do more than check on email every few days.

We returned to the kind of garden growth that occurs overnight in Maine in the spring–knee-high grass and weeds, and a garden not planted yet, due to cool, rainy weather before we left.   And, because I didn’t want to leave our house/dog/chicken sitter with the garden and a bunch of planted pots to water.

Linda McKinney had completely cleaned the house from top to bottom when we got home, and it shone and sparkled.  What a terrific gift!!

I’ve spent the week regrouping (unpacking, getting groceries, resting, getting plants, mixing up potting soil, moving compost, etc.) and tackling the yard.  The veggie garden is almost all planted.  The long bed in front will still get beets, carrots, and all the beans when it quits raining again.  I’m still looking for a spot for a Blue Hubbard squash.  The big blue tubs have been topped with compost and amendments and planted with winter squash.  The flower pots have been filled with potting soil and some plants and distributed about the decks and porches.  Hanging baskets have been bought and hung.

We penned the chickens two days ago.  They got out by early afternoon.  Yesterday they stayed put.  I bought a BIG, deep, long-handled fishing net to catch them when they get out.  I also want to use it to catch and tame that wild rooster Cowboy!  He needs some lap/carrying around time.  In a few more days we’ll take down all the preventive fencing–once we’re sure they chickens have mostly accepted confinement.  A just-planted garden would drive them wild–what with all the newly turned dirt.  They would immediately dig up everything.

Meanwhile, we continue to look a bit like a fenced camp–chicken wire everywhere.  And, the whole time I was planting the garden, the chickens were circling it and begging to come in and dig for worms.  They loved it when I poked some worms through the wire holes for them.  Chickens can beg very prettily.  It’s hard to resist them.

John has cleaned all the porches, and we dragged out the porch cushions.  So, summer is officially here now!

Written by louisaenright

June 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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  1. Photos! I want to see some photos of all this hard work. The porch! The gargen…the chickens and Cowboy!

    June Derr

    June 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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