So, I thought I would be sneaky and just dig a small bed in the outside garden. I figured, if it was small and in a bare patch of dirt, the chickens wouldn't find it.
I was wrong, of course. I turned over some of the ground and made a seed bed, and then planted some various greens and beets. I had hoped the chickens wouldn't notice, because the ground was so bare there after we pulled up the plastic. Of course they did; I can see where they scratched up all my seeds. It's kind of amazing how they can find all those little black seeds in all that black dirt, isn't it?
I am definitely going to have to pick up another roll of 2 ft X 50 poultry netting when I head into town for feed and milk. My husband and I took the long drive to Kona yesterday and I picked up some seeds: radish, turnips, Scarlet Nantes carrots (just finished my old pack and want more carrots), and poblano peppers. I wanted to get some kale and celery, but forgot. My weekly routine has me going in a very small radius - work, home, once a week to the feed store and grocery - so even though the Kona Home Depot guaranteed has the same seeds as the Hilo Home Depot, somehow it felt like an adventure buying them there. Sigh, I need to get a life.
There is very little sun, but, on the other hand, there hasn't been much rain, either. It's just gloomy, basically. A bit voggy, a lot overcast, and dark enough to need lights during the day in lots of parts of the house. Although it is a little bit depressing, it isn't stopping me from running outside or doing the gardening. The chicken factor is a bit of a bummer - but once I get another roll or two of wire, I should be able to get out there and get some more seeds in.
Tomorrow, after the trip to town, I am planning to do some cooking and canning: lemon marmalade, beef broth, pinto beans, and, hopefully, beef stew. It's track season, which means coming home late after practices, which means I need "fast food" in jars in the pantry.