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    Fowlsom Prison Blues

    I am finally off on summer break, so I’ve been spending my time finishing projects. Today, I finished Fowlsom Prison and just in time, because Friday is “Dirt Day.” I bought myself three cubic yards of compost to amend and top off my beds for summer planting. I’m super excited about my new dirt and the new plants that will be going in the beds. My garage is getting to be ridiculous. We have several chicken run enrichment projects lined up, so that we can improve the girls’ quality of life, now that they don’t get free range of the yard. We covered the run with 90% shade cloth, because…

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    Unboxing Promise and Potential

    Last week, I wrote about organizing my seed collection and taking stock of what I have in it. I realized that I had some gaps in the binder. I say had, because I almost immediately set out to fill them. I made an order to Botanical Interests, one of the few vendors that wasn’t utterly overwhelmed by Covid-19 gardening demands. So many of the things I like to buy are out of stock because of Covid-19. Flour, yeast, seeds, and chickens are on the “MUST HAVE” list. And being a bread-making, gardening, and poultry husbandry hipster, I’m like “I did this before it was cool.” Seriously though, there are worse…

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    “Fowlsom Prison” Blues Part 1

    The Fella and I started construction on the new chicken run that we have dubbed “Fowlsom Prison.” Because of where we live, in the city, we do not have any real predator pressure. We see the occasional possum and sometimes a hawk. Our goal isn’t to keep things out; it is to keep our garden murdering girls inside. Hence why it’s a poultry prison, not a poultry fortress or poultry castle. Last year we put borders up around our garden beds and they kept the girls out. This year, the hens have learned that they can jump over the little fences and noms the zucchini seedlings. I was lamenting this…