Monday, May 21, 2012


So... not much to report in on here at Ivy Hill. I've been pulling a steady handful+ of strawberries every day tho. Delicious ripe strawberries! YUM! The eggplant and peppers are starting to get the beginnings of flowers, and the tomatoes and beans HAVE flowers! Just thinking of sinking my teeth into a vine ripened tomato makes my mouth water with excitement!

The ducks are doing really well in their enclosure! They really like it out there! They seem to enjoy standing close to the fence when the dogs come out. The only one that really seems to get worked up any more is Dusty. She would stand there and bark at them for a good 5 minutes before giving up. Of course, when they get riled up and start running around their pen, all the dogs start to get riled up! Minus Annie of course. She doesn't really seem to give any thought to those ducks at all.

I think I might have made a big mistake when ordering our chicks. We ordered from Meyer Hatcheries. They had what was called a Meal Maker. I didn't really bother looking it up, because I thought it was just something that you put in their food or water when you get them. It was free, so I ordered one for each of the chicks... 7 in total. The other day I was checking on our order, just being curious, and I decided that I would look up what a meal maker was. IT'S A FREE CHICKEN! GAH! They say that they give these chickens away so that you can either donate the eggs, or slaughter the chicken and donate it to someone less fortunate or a soup kitchen or whatever. What am I going to do with 14 chickens?!?! We only wanted 7... we can't do 14! LOL Maybe I will give some to the neighbors. I don't know WHAT I'm going to do!

We did have Tropical Storm Alberto pushing in on us, but overnight he decided that he wanted to stay out to sea and not come visit. Thank GOODNESS! Tropical storms aren't too bad, just like a bad thunderstorm really. I'm just glad that we don't have to worry about it right now. Official hurricane season begins in June, so, we're just a bit early.

Anyways! That's all I got for now. :-)


  1. Oh that is hilarious about the chickens! You'll be selling fresh eggs soon I reckon :)

    1. Well, I called and verified how many chicks we would be receiving, and the total is 8. Six female Easter Eggers, 1 male Easter Egger, and 1 Meal Maker hen. That one will be a mystery tho. I guess we will see!

  2. All my tomatoes are flowering now too and I can't wait. I have 2 little roma tomatoes hanging on the vine! I am jealous you can grow strawberries, I can't seem to do that to save my life although they have come back this year.

    That is funny about the chickens. It seems like chicken people and places have their own lingo and I would have done the same thing.

    1. I really need to get out there and take some pictures of the garden. Just haven't been as active out there as I was last year I guess. The kids are almost out of school, this week and next week and they're done. I think after they're out it will be easier to get out there and get things done.

      I literally just stuck the strawberries in the ground, mulched around them, and let them go hog wild last year. I didn't let any of them flower and fruit tho. This year... holy MOLY are they doing well!! LOL I just have to keep them from putting out as many runners OUTSIDE the bed this year. *sigh*


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