We are about 4-6 weeks from planting right now. That's the perfect time to start sprouting tomatoes and peppers. We try this every year, and something different happens every year that forces us to purchase most plants at a nursery. Usually life gets in the way - whether it be forgetting to bring the plants inside during a frost, or not giving them enough water when the kids get tired of helping.
We planted three varieties of tomatoes - Amish Paste, Cherry and Rutgers. We chose these varieties based on how we use them. We make lots of sauces, salsas, sandwiches and salads, and these three covered our needs.
We also added new animals to the farm this week. We have had chickens for years and use them for both meat and eggs. Lately we have only been getting 3 eggs a day since most of flock was decimated by raccoons before our move. While at Tractor Supply my son asked to get a duck and while I had never considered them before, some research showed that the Campbell ducks lay between 250-300 eggs per year. Our favorite producers have always been Ameraucana hens. We usually have about 20 of them. They only lay 250 eggs per year on average, so as long as we like the taste of duck eggs these seem to be a good idea. We ended up getting 6 of them and can hatch out more in a few months if this experiment goes well.
|Khaki Campbell Ducklings|