In addition to the gardens we acquired 30 Cornish-Rock Cross chicks to be raised for meat. Amazingly they will be off to butcher after only five weeks. Feed, water and keep their coop clean for a little over a month and we will have organic chicken to last a year. We are also getting 6-7 organic eggs per day with very little work.
|Here are our 3 varieties Left to Right - Golden Comets, Leghorns and Tetra Tints.|
With the prices of food and fuel going through the roof this is some relief. The goal is to create enough food to last a year. Hopefully we freezing and canning will help.
In addition to the poultry experiment the gardens are starting to grow. Some early plants coming up are kidney beans, onions, peas, kale, lettuce, squash, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes and red beets. Also the wife's herb gardens are producing already.
Growing enough produce to last a year is a real challenge in the northeast. Plans for a small greenhouse in late summer are in the works.
The forum is at a standstill but hopefully we will have time to update when the long hot summer days arrive.... http://www.homegrownfoods.net/