“Welcome back! I survived the insane heat that is a Texas summer … I should get a shirt for that, right?!!”
We have some lettuce growing in one bed in the backyard — thank goodness for that patch of green, because everything else is showing the signs of the summer’s heat + drought!!
If you’ve followed my blog for a year or more, you might notice in the above photo there is a long raised bed missing, in the spot where the hens are milling about. Since we use untreated lumber to make the beds (don’t want the stuff in/on treated lumber to leach into the soil of our beds), we run the risk of having termites attack the wood. Which they did. The long bed had come apart, with some help from the termites; the other beds aren’t too far behind. So my hubby went ahead and removed the lumber from that long bed and, ho boy were the hens ever so happy about that!! They went to town munching on termites ;-). He’ll be removing the supports from the other beds, as well, because . . .
He recently mentioned that idea to me, and I think it’s pretty cool. We’ve talked at different times over the years about having someone come in and bust up that slab and haul off the concrete. But, geez, as any homeowner knows, there’s always a list going of things to replace or repair, and having the slab removed is not nearly as important as some of the other costly things on that list. So I think it’s awesome that he came up with another way to put that expanse of concrete to use.
We’re going to let the hens go to town on the dirt in the existing beds (except for the one that has lettuce in it; the hens can have that bed after the lettuce is done). They’ll move the dirt around, scratching for bugs, and they’ll add some fertilizer to it in the process. Once the new raised beds have been built on top of the slab, we’ll move the dirt into those beds and get them ready for planting.
With the garden moved, the hens will then have complete freedom to roam in that back area. We also have plans to give them another section of the yard that we don’t really use for anything else — it’s a long, skinny area in which grass doesn’t grow but in which they should be able to find plenty of bugs . . . especially if I don’t rake up the leaves there over the winter! It’ll be a buggy-filled paradise ;-).
“Hey, you came to visit but didn’t bring food?!?! What were you THINKING?!?! Hmmm, I wonder if you’re edible …”
Surely one of these days they will figure out my Crocs are *not* edible, no matter how many times they peck them (causing me to shriek and jump away, scaring the hens in the process LOL).