Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Daily Harvest

These were so delicious. We were able to wash most of the ants out.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Daily Harvest

5 for 5!

Four in the coop, one in the grass.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Daily Harvest

Wanda's secret spot.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Daily Harvest

My camera seems to have a setting to make the eggs look cleaner than they really are...


Our high tech extraction methods:

We cut up some pantyhose and put it in the top of a steamer that fits over a pot. Then we put the rest of the pantyhose on our heads and over our faces. This helped us to pretend we were robbing banks and inspired some interpretive dancing. Then we kind of forgot we were wearing them and continued with the rest of our evening. Looks cute!

We cut the comb out of the frame and put it in the steamer where we broke it up using a wooden spoon.

The honey slowly dripped through the hose and through the steamer into the pot below. All of the wax was caught by the hose, leaving us lovely honey below.

Once it had all dripped though I put it in containers.

Here it is!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Other People's trees

Marmalade contined! Here I am canning....

And the finished cans! This is Aunt Linda's three day marmalade recipie and I'm not sure I have ever eaten anything more delicious.

Now I just need to find more lemons again....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Daily Harvest

I love my worm bin!
Here are the new worm castings in the bed we're prepping for winter squash.
The chickens love the worm castings too!

Other People's Trees

Rosalie's friend had to cut down an old lemon tree and gave her pounds and pounds of lemons. But she was going out of town before she could use them all, so she gave them to us!

I am in the process of making an obscene amount of marmalade and today for tea time Jonathan made lemon bars!

Walking Onions!

We brought three or four of these onions over from our old house. They are walking onions! This means that they form bulbs on the ends of their green shoots, then as the bulbs get heavier they bend over, and then plant the new onion plants nearby. We planted the original group along a water line, and the colony has been increasing in both directions along the line. Usually we just use them for green onions, but recently we have been thinning the beds and roasting the onions whole in olive oil and herbs.

They are getting ready to start walking again! This top photo shows their new starts, and the bottom shows how much of a patch we have gotten from those first few onions!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Our shed

Even since we moved here we have been leaving our bikes in the rain and our tools scattered all over.

We finally laid down the big bucks and got a shed.

When I was on spring break I painted it, and here you can see the illustrious Jonathan lounging beside it.

Thank you Nan and Pop!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Swarming Bees

Swarming Bees

Portraits of the two new chickens

Lemon Harmon & The Flash

Daily Harvest

Five for five!

The bees swarmed again!

The bees swarmed again! Kim and Kate were out of town, so I tried to catch them myself. I stuck my hand into this ball of bees (wearing gloves). I tried to push the ball of bees into a box, but I must not have got the queen bc they all went back to the bush. I called a real bee keeper and he came and got them.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Daily Harvest

We've always struggled to grow chard- for some reason it shrivels. But we recently put row cover over a row with a few shrivelly old chard plants and they took off1 Now we're eating it.