Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hatching & Garden Progress

The hatching has began here at the homestead this week. To date five ducklings have hatched. Watching these small creatures hatch is amazing.
These are the first four ducklings huddling together in the corner keeping warm. I got to be there to see the fifth duckling hatch.
The peach trees have been planted in the garden expansion. They are dwarf patio peach trees. Half grown & loaded with peaches. The layout for the rockbeds have been started. We are still getting frost in our area. The last frost for our area is May 15 so I am in a race against time to get all the beds ready for planting.
I am using tin roofing as a bottom for my rockbeds that I have put holes in for drainage on top of the forest floor to keep any tree roots from growing in the rockbeds. After surrounding the tin with rocks I am adding shavings with poo from the chicken coop & bunny hutch with a layer of lawn clippings then a thick layer of top soil on top.
I think I am satisfied with the design thus far. There is still a large area that I want to put four rockbeds in when I can find more tin roofing. I am now at a stand still until I get the rocks. Looking at the garden expansion from the lower garden beds inside the yard I look & put the details in my garden journal with what I plan to plant in each rockbed. At the end of the day I see my dream of a veggie garden coming true. Feeling tired but thankful & happy.
I have decided to not move the chicken coop. It will be left where it is & the enclosure will be smaller than I planned. The chicken run to the right will be getting some wheels to move the chickens around the fields to munch grass & scratch in the sun.
Thanks for stopping in at the homestead. It has been nice chatting with you. Blessings Til Next Time! Lara


  1. Oh how exciting. Nothing like precious new life.
    Lovely visit in your garden too.
    Hugs Trace


  2. Hi Lara, oh how sweet those little ducklings are, love them, thanks for sharing. Your rock beds are coming along, looking good. Blessings Francine.

  3. hi, Lara~ the garden is coming along~ I am liking the area you decided on for it~ I can see it coming alive~
    The ducklings are adorable~ so precious~
    We are having kitties everywhere~ four of the barn cats have litters, oh, they are precious~love this time of year all the little one's, just makes it fun & exciting~

  4. Hello Lara! You've certainly been putting in the back work! It will truly be a joy in the coming days!
    And those little ducklings are so lovely - new life and so precious!

  5. Lara, those little ducklings are so precious.
    Everything looks like it's coming along nicely!
    It will be so wonderful when it's all completed!
    Prim Blessings

  6. Too cute ducklings! Looks like you have everything working out great. Thanks for sharing! Take care, Janice

  7. What pretty eggs and cute babies. You are doing so much hard work. I am not that motivated. That's why you have an amazing, wonderful, and beautiful garden/yard. And that's why I have a patch of grass and a plot of dirt I hope that something will grow out of:) Ha ha. Good job.

  8. Oh my goodness, look at you go girl. Everything looks great, you're growing your own fruits and veggies and even eggs. You're remarkable and gifted :O) The duckies are adorable. Their eggs are pretty too. Best wishes to you sweetie :)

  9. Lara, oh I love your baby ducks! Hope you will be posting more pictures as they grow!