Friday, December 1, 2023

Garden Friday


Welcome to Garden Friday!
This week's cold snap (17 degrees),
sure made it feel like winter,
but the calendar says differently.
We are still enjoying some color on the trees which keep their leaves.

Oh yeah.  It's leaf time around here!
It seems the trees have not yet completed their autumn shed.
We still have so many leaves to mulch
and I'm not complaining one bit.
All of these leaves are added to our leaf mulch pile
and then used in garden beds to fortify the soil.
Leaves are one of the best things that can be added
to improve soil.
The bonus is that they suppress weeds and insulate the soil as well,
which allows for earlier planting in the spring.

I reworked the sprouting screen for the chook run,

this time adding a few slats of pallet wood
to raise it off of the ground.
This should make it easier for the seeds to germinate
while keeping the scratching chooks at bay.
It's just another way to provide food for them
and give them another actiivity in the run during the colder months.

Picking autumn/winter bouquets from what's growing
in our yard is a wonderful way to get outside
and enjoy the milder days.

Unbelievably, this rudebekia bloomed,
even after we have had very little rain
and freezing temperatures.
What a bright spot in my day.

Thankfully, we still have some greens growing,
despite the several freezing overnight temperatures we've had.
Here, a bed of Romaine is holding its own.

The brassicas haven't missed a beat.
These beds are nestled under a light covering,
and it seems to do the trick.

There remain plenty of lettuce seedlings,
ready to transplant as the season progresses.
Buttercrunch lettuce is one of my favorite varieties.

On a recent thrifting trip,
I picked up this enamelware vessel
to house our kitchen scraps 
before they go either to the chooks or the compost heap.
It's just the right size, and enamelware speaks to my inner pioneer.

At some point this winter season,
I plan to add two new Birdies' beds to the garden landscape.
The company had a Black Friday sale,
so I was able to get a good deal on two of their beds.
I've been pleased with the round Birdies' bed,
and I'm happy to support a company who does things well.
Read more about the Birdies' difference here.

Another treasure found at the same shop
is this sweet concrete hen.
She even came pre-dusted from a dirt bath!
I don't buy much these days,
but these rehomed items just make my heart feel good.

Fresh greens from the garden are still available to the chooks,
and Queenie is happy to partake.
She seems to have fully recovered from whatever was bothering her
a few weeks ago, 
but she is showing her age.
She is still keeping Betty company on the east end of the run,
and they seem to get along fine.
Neither of them lay anymore,
they are just living out their lives in the best way we can provide.
I'll be happy to have them for as long as they care to stick around.
What a blessing they are to our lives.

Hope this December first is going just the way you like it!


  1. Wow - 17 degrees. It seems your temps are all over the place. Happy to see that your bounty has survived and is thriving. Your thrifted items are so sweet! Happy to hear that Queenie is doing well. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you Staci. Yes, the weather is just so unpredictable. A body doesn't know how to dress for the day!

  2. I didn't remember your sprouting screen for the chickens. What a great idea! Your chicken and vessel thrifted treasures are wonderful! As soon as I saw the vessel, I thought it's the perfect compost container. I love your pretty, seasonal bouquet. I hope you'll be getting more of this rain this weekend. Just had to pull everything off the clothesline, but the rain is worth it. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

    1. Yes, I'm not sure how well it will sprout over the cooler months, but we'll see how it goes. I'm thinking of getting some winter rye, as I know they enjoyed that last year when it was grown as a cover crop.
      Great minds think alike, huh? I know you are a thrifter as well. ;0D
      Rain, rain, come and stay! We need so much rain today! Wishing you showers!

  3. I'm so glad that Queenie is feeling better. She and Betty sound so sweet, living out their golden years together. I love both of your thrifting finds . . . and your wonderful piles of leaves--what a bounty; leaf mulch is the best!

    1. Yes, we are grateful for all of the leaves (well, some of us more than others). ;0D
      Thank you for stopping by.

  4. I love that you can gather the natural items from your yard this time of year...I think the bouquet is so pretty, just simple and beautiful. And I have a weakness for glad you snapped it up!

    1. We are fortunate to have some evergreens on the property. That will fill my vases all winter!
      Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Wow, I never thought about using nandina branches and berries for an indoor bouquet - brilliant! Very seasonal looking. It grows everywhere around here, so I'll have no trouble finding some for decorating.

    Love your leaf piles. I agree that leaves are a superior soil building resource. Dan thinks the trees outdid themselves with leaves this year. Have you noticed more?

    Oh, and I would have bought the concrete chicken too! A lovely find.

  6. Oh, good! There are so many treasures on our property for decorating, who needs to buy anything!

    Yes, I agree that leaves and acorns were in abundance this year.
    Thank you for visiting. Hope you have a great weekend.


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