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Mischief makers in the garden

The five little things that made my week…

1. These two. Mischief makers in the garden.

Can you come out and play?

2. “Can you come out and play?” (No, she isn’t talking yet, but that’s what I imagine her babbling to be.)

Iman is ready for bedtime

3. While she’s in recovery mode, we’ve been bringing Iman inside the house to sleep in a makeshift coop each night. We don’t want her to feel lonely roosting in the outdoor coop by herself, and we still have another week before we integrate her with the new chickens. She’s gotten so used to the VIP treatment that lately, she’ll hop over to our screen door before sundown, poke her head up (or, if the door’s open, just walk right in) and look for us as if to say, “I’m ready for bed!” Heart. Melting. This is why I love my chickens so much.

A healthy volunteer tomato plant in early spring

4. You may recall the volunteer tomato plant that we found in one of our containers last December. We decided to transplant it during one of the wettest and coldest winters we’ve had in years, crossed our fingers for its survival, and here it is four months later! Six feet tall and bursting with blossoms! (It ended up being a cherry variety.)

Our little Sprout turned one year old on the first day of spring

5. All smiles at her birthday on the beach! Our little Sprout turned one year old on the first day of spring!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป

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    Joanne Toft
    March 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    LOVE – Currently reading Alice Walkers book – The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories – it came out in 2011. Have you read it? It is great for someone who loves their chickens and garden. I keep thinking about getting chickens but the Minnesota winters add worry for raising chickens in the city.

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      Linda from Garden Betty
      April 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

      I haven’t heard of the book, but now I’ll definitely look it up (and – sigh – add it to my ever-growing list of books I want/need to read).

      Chickens are quite hardy and so long as you take steps to keep their water from freezing, their extremities from being frostbitten, and their coop protected from wind and humidity, they’ll survive the winter. I know a few people who keep chickens in zones 3-4! Go with cold-hardy breeds and perhaps local chickens, which are already adapted to that climate.

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    Debz @ Lemonpath
    March 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Your chicken and baby are so cute!

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      Linda from Garden Betty
      April 6, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura
    March 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Perfection. All of it.

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      Linda from Garden Betty
      April 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thank you kindly!

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