It’s been a quiet week in the garden. Henrietta is finished with her molt and is laying eggs again. Chicken Little hasn’t molted and is still laying reliably. Henny Penny manages to lay an egg once in a while that isn’t too thin to survive her big feet, but most of her eggs are still being broken. Today she laid her egg on the table (yes, my hens have furniture in their coop–they’re so spoiled) that holds their watering containers. Fortunately, I got to it before it rolled off the edge or got stepped on. Bottom line is that we got 13 eggs this week.
Three of our granddaughters came to visit yesterday, the twins Allison and Lauren (4) and Megan (2). They fed their leftover french fries and bread crusts to the chickens, who happily gobbled them up.
The chickens are getting yet another taste treat. The Huntington Beach Brewery, a micro-brewery downtown–gives away its spent brew grain to people who compost. I put some in my compost pile–really heats it up–and feed a handful each to the hens. It’s nice cracked barley, all cooked and warm. They love it. The grain is a byproduct of beer making, and gets discarded before the yeast is added for the fermentation step. Because barley is lower in protein than wheat, I wouldn’t give it to them as a constant diet, but it makes a nice (and free) feed supplement. It really gets my compost bin heated up and fermenting nicely too. And the more gardeners who take the grain, the less grain that goes to landfills. I’m doing myself and the environment a favor by taking a 25-lb bucket of grain from every brew batch. SWEET!
Here’s the harvest for this week, which is mostly nectarines. There are still some on the tree. I need to figure out what the heck to do with all these nectarines. Any ideas? They’re not supposed to freeze well.
0.5 oz. blackberries
3 oz. blueberries
4 lbs, 4.5 oz. nectarines, Panamint
Subtotal fruit 4 lbs 8 oz.
4 oz. tomatoes, Better Boy
0.5 oz. herbs
Subtotal 4.5 oz. vegetables
TOTAL 4 lbs 12.5 oz. produce plus 13 eggs
If you had a harvest, visit Daphne’s Dandelions and make a post on Mr. Linky so we can all enjoy your harvest vicariously.