Saturday, March 10, 2012

Like a Drug


It calls me this time of year. This is the best time of year for a garden in our part of the state. Everything is bursting. Every morning when I open the drapes, I am called out to walk around and see what else might be blooming.


I hurry to get some chores done indoors so I can head out for a bit in the garden. Weeds pulled here. Plants  tucked in there. All the while the heady scent of the orange blossoms intoxicates me. Keeps me out in the yard when I should be in putting another load in the washer.



I plan to spend the entire weekend focused on getting the veggie garden out front all planted. Compost and chicken manure await to be mixed in. I already have tomatoes in. Some bought, some volunteers that come up from tomatoes that dropped last year.






I shall have dirt under my nails and will probably get a little sunburned but oh how I will be doing what I love most. I always feel so much better when I have all my veggies planted. Knowing I am on my way to homegrown organic produce. I am determined to grow more this year than last year.


Now to convince hubby to let me get three chickens. That is what our city allows. We have the perfect spot behind our garage. They would be sheltered there and the dogs would not disturb them. Hmm. I see his favorite meal coming soon and then I shall pounce and convince him it is in our best interest to add some more chaos to this place. Organized chaos but oh those fresh eggs. My hubby has been working day and night the last couple of days so I doing his lawn mowing chores today. Did the back yesterday and will do the front today. Great workout and I love the results. Will someone make my bed though? Guess I have to do that first.

Linking to:
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Seasonal Sundays
Show Off Your Cottage Monday

23 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

LOVE your bursting colors. So funny that you show this boot, because I have something coming up in May that I was thinking of, regarding a boot:)

Ginger Zuck said...

Elaine, everything is so so beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend planting. You are so so lucky! We do have sun today!! Yay. I love your boot, I have a couple also. Boy we have good taste!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It's so cool that you are allowed to have chickens, that was one of my dreams, the reality might not be as pretty LOL. After all I am allergic to feathers.

Getting that garden in is a good feeling, but first I have to build mine, and the snow has to go away.

Soon, but I can live vicariously through your photos, can almost smell the orange blossoms.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

princess said...

It's a wonderful thing being in the garden!!! I don't have one and I dream of it!! Have a nice weekend!

Kris said...

I know what you mean. The garden is calling!!!! I SO hope you can talk hubby into it. Tell him to call my husband. He was reluctant too. He loves the girls...and he loves the eggs, but what he says he loves most about having chickens, is how happy it makes me!!!! Good luck!!

Cindy said...

A chicken pen and fresh eggs sounds wonderful! I didn't know you could have chickens in town at all. Go for it girl!
Your blossoms are lovely, I am still enjoying the snow...as long as I don't look at your flowers too often.;)
Have a great weekend. Cindy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh your garden is looking so good! I need to take some time and get mine ready for planting. It is such a mess this year I am afraid. Fresh eggs are he best! hugs, Linda

Diana said...

You make me ACHE for May here -- which looks a lot like your March I guess -- minus the fragrance of orange blossoms. But I'm getting out in the garden myself as soon as I finish this cup of tea -- time to plant carrots and sugar snaps here.

Watching chickens and listening to their mellow clucks is better than watching an aquarium. Check out the book "The Art of the Chicken Coop" by Gleason for some nice ideas on design. 3 prime hens will give you close to 20 eggs a week, and the flavor can't be beat! Right now I just have 3 elderly hens, but they are giving me about 6 eggs a week. I'm planning on getting 3 or 4 new chicks or pullets later this spring.

Linda said...

Makes me yearn for
spring all the more.
It's a cold and windy day here in Ontario.
Love the burst of colour.
Your booty is cute, seen quite a few in blogland.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I hope you get your chickens! Three lay more than enough eggs. You live in a wonderful place for gardening. I'm sure you will have a wonderful growing season.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I will be out there with you. Let me know what you say to convince your hubby and I will use the same argument!

Annette T. said...

Oh 3x7 will yield about 21 eggs, give one or two. You will be so happy with them! You can't beat fresh eggs for breakfast! And with your family it would be wonderful. When we first moved here my husband built a coup for us, the city girl here had no idea what to expect. Well, he got 12 chickens! Yikes, I was giving eggs away and selling some. We no longer have them and I miss them so much.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh girl...I would be putting on the wifely charm if you know what I mean...ie...you are the strongest, best hubby any woman could even dream of..etc, etc...you NEED those chickens!!

Linda said...

I've been thinking of getting some chickens too...my next door neighbor has 6...they enjoy them. Your colrs look great in the yard...which is where I will be today too! We are so lucky to live in this mild climate!! Have a great weekend playing in the dirt!!

It's All Connected said...

Tell hubby that caring for chickens is good for your little one. Kids learn a lot about the food production from them and they eat your garden scraps. Free manure too! ~ Maureen

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

Your flowers are pretty! I'm ready to start our garden and wanted to mow today, but it's cold and dreary here this weekend.

Connie said...

I bet you do feel good ! I like the enclosed idea and it looks so good already. When do you find the time ?

You have a very nice blog and I have in on my blog's front page.

Now, you can go sit on the heating bag !!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

All of your blooms are beautiful, you're ahead of us in Philly! Best of luck with the chickens:@)

The Tablescaper said...

Love how you embrace Spring! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Suzan said...

I have been trying to convince my husband to get some chickens too.

labbie1 said...

Wonderful colors and garden! I bet it is going to be more and more beautiful before we even get ours in! :)

Suffia said...

Love the red petunia in a boot. Your garden is looking great. Happy gardening!

Jennelise said...

I can't wait till things start turning green where I live! I long for flowers :)
Jennelise

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