As the weather takes a turn and ushers in cooler temperatures, fall watering needs in the garden change, especially for those of us living in places where we experience four distinct seasons. Fall is a traditionally a time for adding new plantings, sprucing up window boxes, patching or re-seeding the lawn, and maintaining established plantings. It is also time to adjust the manner in which we water to make sure we are properly nourishing plants prior to winter.
Fall has arrived at Tilly’s Nest. We never really had a moment to warm up after spring. Cape Cod had a cool and wet summer. We were all waiting for beach weather and it really didn’t show up. This happened a few years ago too. I guess things are cyclical. This past week cooler temperatures have ushered in. It seems to be the circle of life. We said goodbye to a dear Uncle who was battling an illness for a long time and now the leaves are keeping us occupied on the weekends. It’s a labor of love. I seem to have a love-hate relationship with the beauty of fall and the daunting amount of leaves that seem to return as soon as they are raked up from the gardens.
One of our favorite things to do at home on a rainy day is make creations with bakeable clay. It’s great fun for the family. In fact, it’s fun for folks of all ages. The clay comes in every color imaginable and it is so much fun being able to permanently capture the kids’ creations. As we were sitting around the table, I spied a block of copper colored clay. How fun would it be to transform it into clay garden markers? With small cookie cutters, I got to work and made a bunch for the spring inspired windowsill garden.
As you know, I have confessed before that I have a terrible addiction to succulents. I love all types and find myself collecting them during the summer to integrate into the yard, garden, and landscape. Earlier this season, I was sent this amazing teak carving. It looked like a bowl to me, so I decided to make a planter out of it- filled with succulents of course! It naturally had a few holes in the bottom, making it perfect for planting. You can use this beautiful bowl inside or out to fill with things like pine cones, magazines, or anything else. It is that versatile. But, here is how I made this beauty. It came together in about twenty minutes.
|Fifi, our Black Silkie Bantam|
|When Dolly hatched her own brood of Silkies|
|Morels pop up in unexpected places in the garden.|
|My favorite, Lily of the Valley|
|Roses bloom near my favorite Cape Cod beach|
|Fresh eggs from the girls|
|A walk through tall grasses where wildflowers grow|
|Chicken hugs, my inseparable girls-Oyster Cracker and Sunshine.|
|The back garden|
|Spring in the back garden|
|Beehives in the blizzard|
|Beehives in spring|
|Looking into the front yard (see the chairs?)|
|Late spring in the front garden|
|Thank goodness I added the tarp.|
|Springtime near the hen house|
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest
Back at home, the girls had their first real run-in with mites. I think, for now, we were able to be proactive in our treatment of the mites. With numerous defense and treatment options, I think that I was able to make the girls more comfortable and more likely to lay their eggs. Thank goodness, I had read up on those little critters this past winter.
Autumn and Dolly are still broody. Autumn is now going on almost 2 weeks. I think that Dolly decided to go broody because she seems to enjoy it. She has now been broody for 1 week. Everyday, I find them sitting on someone else’s eggs. Interestingly, Sunshine is intrigued by what those two girls are doing. As I go in to retrieve the eggs, Sunshine runs in to see for herself the treasures that those two are sitting upon. When I show Sunshine the eggs I retrieve, she tips her head down as almost to look underneath of the broody girls herself. She seems to be saying, “Do you have anymore under there?”
The girls also got a treat of beet greens today, confused at first thinking it was lettuce, they were a bit surprised when they took a bite. However, it took no time for them to gobble up every last bit. I even took a large handful of the greens and compacted it into a ball and placed it into the hanging treat ball. Tilly loves to play pinata!
Finally, we had our very first giveaway this week. The last day to enter is today and tomorrow, I will announce who is going home with the Eggcellent Sprout and Grass kit from Treats for Chickens. You can still enter up until midnight tonight. Good Luck!
|Mom, whatcha doin?|
|Oh, you have your camera with you!|
|Do you mind if I pose for you?|
|Oyster Cracker in all her beauty. Her beak is healing too!|
I always find the garden during Spring incredibly beautiful after the rain. Everything is green and beginning to emerge from the ground. Here are some of the beautiful things that I discovered today.