Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Copper and Blue Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Update

Spring means lots of work! With the nice weather, I've been out in the flower beds most of week--it's time to get rid of all of those nasty weeds that are coming up. We planted peas, onions and potatoes (a couple of weeks late).  Not much new is going on, but here's an update on the peeps and the plants.

We bought more chicks. These babies all have names like Drumstick and Pot Pie and Nugget--these are all Cornish X meat birds. They'll grow very quickly and be ready to eat in about eight weeks. While I've killed and processed chickens before, it's not my favorite farm chore and this time we're going to pay someone else to do it. There are 20 chicks here, and I'll pick up another 15 at the end of April. Good thing we bought the big freezer!

The little peeps we bought at the beginning of March are all in their awkward adolescent stage. You'll notice that they've stopped looking quite so cute! They've been moved to the small chicken house in the pasture, and this week we'll let them out to play since it's really warming up outside. These are all Easter Eggers, and will lay blue or green eggs.

Remember the tomato plants I pricked out into cell packs a few weeks ago, and how awful they all looked? Take a look at them now!

Between the mushroom compost and daily waterings with fish emulsion, these babies have really taken off. They get their strong stems from keeping the lights close to them and making sure that a fan blows on them, forcing them to thicken their stems so they're not blown over. I'll give them another week or so in these little cell packs and then transplant them one more time before they are planted in the garden.

That's all for this week! We're breaking out our front step and putting in a new front walk, and I'm planting perennials in the front flower beds. I'm also watching my bulbs every single day--daffodils are my favorite flowers, and I don't have a single one in bloom yet!