2018 Spring’adingding

Spring is in full effect in Walla Walla.

So far, I have done an admirable job of sticking to my plan, keeping the chickens in, rebounding when they escape (and destroy!) and keeping the garden weeded. We relocated the raspberries, and I finally got all the sunflowers flung.

Look at all that texture!

2018 Varietals

Peppers

  • Corno di Toro
  • Sishito
  • Snack Pack
  • Jalapeno
  • Gypsy
  • Thai Red
  • Fish
  • Bulgarian Carrot
  • Fatali

Tomatoes

  • Yellow Bumbleebee
  • Chocolate Cherry
  • Amana Orange
  • Japanese Trifele
  • Rose De Berne
  • Green Zebra
  • Pink Caspian

Successes and Failures

  • Success: Finished my compost in time to use in all of my garden beds.
  • Success: I have amaranth growing! And cabbages! And potatoes!
  • Success: Things are still relatively simple!
    And I didn’t fall for a single cucumber or zucchini plant!
  • (mild) Failure: Only a third of the peas I planted germinated.
  • (potential) Failure: Two eggplants were really thrashed by the chickens.
  • Failure: Most of my zinnia starts are toast.

Peppers and Onions

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Spring Babies

We are on baby bunny watch.
At least one of our does will give birth (tonight hopefully). We bred three, and all three have made nests, but only one has lined her nest with fur. Unsure if it’s just a lack of skill in the new mothers or if we are watching false positives.

After a lot of dithering, I landed on not getting more chicks this season. Our girls are 1 year old and laying well, we have more than enough eggs. So I decided this season we should simplify expectations and focus on rabbit production.

However, I was considering ducklings, our last few ducks are pretty old and finding a duck egg is a rare occasion. Fortunately, we were gifted six ducklings! Since ducklings are $5 a piece at the feed store so six new littles is welcome, and free is a always great price. (With a big bag of feed to boot!)

Weekend #ducklings

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