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So what’s better than having 3 pet chickens???  Having 5 chickens, of course!!!  Two weeks ago we added 2 new “girls” to our backyard flock.

Gilbert (Polish) & Marshmallow (Leg Horn)

We got our chicks at 1 week old and now they are 3 weeks old and starting to develop their feathers.  For the next 9 weeks or so the chicks will be separated from our other hens until they are big enough to defend themselves.  We should expect eggs from the new girls sometime at the end of September.

We let our chickens “free range” for several hours everyday so they can hunt and peck around the yard for bugs and greens.  They also have access all day to an organic grain mixture.  For special treats we give them a cracked corn and grain mixture (called scratch) and vegetable & fruit scraps from the house.  They will eat just about anything.

Are you interested in keeping your own “backyard chickens”???  I learned all I know about raising my girls from: www.BackyardChickens.com.  It’s a great site for getting ideas on coop design as well as everything chicken.  We get our chicks and all of our chicken supplies locally from Midway City Feed.  It’s right off of Beach Blvd and Bolsa Ave…714-893-2613.

So why did the chicken cross the road???

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Spring Veggie Garden 2010

3 Weeks After Planting

Well, we did it!!!  This is my attempt to “live off” the 6,000 sq ft we’ve got in Long Beach.  We ripped out the old yucky grass in the front yard and replaced it with 128 sq ft of raised veggie planter beds.  The rest of the yard is dedicated to drought tolerant & California native plants and a small patch of grass.  And of course, we still have the 3 raised veggie beds in the backyard.  Normally I’m an instant gratification kinda girl, so I usually plant seedlings I get from H&H Nursery.  This year I decided to try my hand at planting seeds in addition to the seedlings.  I’m very happy to say that after 3 weeks, many of the seeds have come up and my garden is looking great.  We had our first harvest of Spinach last night.

In the front yard we have: Tomatoes, Radishes, Chives, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Beets, Carrots, Zucchini, Red Leaf Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Green Beans, Spinach, Red & Yellow Bell Peppers, Soy Beans, Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Tomatillos, Sugar Snap Peas, Basil, and Corn.

In the back yard we have: Strawberries, Potatoes, Green Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumbers, Fennel, Tomatoes, Basil, Jicama, Green Onions, Radishes, Chives, Rosemary, Oregano & Thyme.
Here are the Before and After photos of our front yard…

Front Yard "Before"

Front Yard "After"

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Sunset Sangria

I’ve found the most REFRESHING sangria recipe ever!!!  It was originally printed in the June 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  If you’ve got a lime tree or a friend who has one, this will be your new favorite summertime drink.

Sunset Sangria

Prep: 25 minutes   Chill: 2 hours

2 tsp. finely shredded lime peel

1 cup lime juice

3/4 cup sugar

water

1 750-ml bottle Pinot Noir or Syrah, chilled

In a 1-quart glass measuring cup combine lime peel, lime juice and sugar; add water to equal 4 cups.  Stir to dissolve sugar.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
To serve, place ice in six 16-ounce glasses.  Add 2/3 cup of the lime juice mixture to each glass.  Pouring along side of glass, slowly add 1/2 cup wine. 

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