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The farm has been doing amazing so far this spring. The addition of chickens has really improved our compost pile -we’re making soil! They’ve been really friendly and recognize that we’re the “feeders”.
Pest control requires a little more work when you’re doing things organically. I found these leaf-footed bugs planning their early morning offensive today.
We have some amazing artichokes! For some reason, the plant that was chewed by the dog, twice, and half-eaten by ants is actually blooming! Normally, artichokes won’t bloom this young. They’re not even a year old and one has 2 flowers growing. The plant is humongous!
We have some flowers that are doing awesome as well. The mammoth sunflowers out back are very hardy. We’re growing them in front of the compost bin for cover. We hope to harvest the seeds as well for making sunflower-butter. The rose bush in the front garden has been blooming like crazy. I caught them on a still morning and was able to take a nice picture. I wish the broccoli was still around but the aphids took over and got most of them, the flowers were beautiful.
The ducks aren’t ours… We’re sticking with chickens for now. The ducks are from a park in Burnet, TX where we stopped to play at a park.