I've got vegetables started in the yard and in the greenhouse right now. There are suddenly more greens and lettuces than I know what to do with.The kale is out of control, but we found out from a friend that the flowers are good on salads. These days I try to serve meals on a bed of greens. The boys are getting used to it.
There are also the more popular summer crops in the works like tomatoes, carrots, peas and
This year we also have Tilapia for the first time (pictured below).
They need warm water so the setup is in the laundry room for now. I'm
not sure how long this is going to work out....
Anyhow it is a 3 barrel setup -- one filter, one with plants, and one with about 25 fish. The water circulates between the barrels and is heated. It is a work in progress -- Richard has spent countless hours on this.
Also pictured below is what we hope will be a breeding tank with both Pink and Nile
The fish are growing fast -- they were fingerlings in January
and now they're pan-sized. We'll probably start to harvest the biggest ones in about
a month. The idea was that it would be great to have fresh fish on
hand. I hate trying to buy fish at the supermarket!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
However today we ended up having to get rid of another favorite hen, Walter, who had taken a dominant role and started crowing this spring. We took Walter to the farm where two of our other chickens are living. So now we're down to 3 hens (from front to back) Ginger, Mary Ann, and Fancy Pants Johnson. Most hens don't crow, so hopefully we won't have this problem again.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Update: Yesterday she looked about the same. She laid an egg which doesn't help. Today there seems to be less swelling, so I hope she's healing up.