What a happy Hatch Day we celebrated last week! As you can see in the photo - the girls really enjoyed their polenta cake with cottage cheese "frosting." Like any group of two-year-olds, they were soon covered in it and standing in it to boot!
And as any good mother hen would do, I made sure that they didn't eat it all at once -- good to save some for later.
Our guests had a equally good time, if 12 bottles of wine amongst 10 people is any indication. You'll notice I'm not posting any of those photos!
I did receive a fabulous Hatch Day gift from my good friends Sandy and Jack - check out our newest addition to the flock. She's a heavy metal chick and sure looks great in the garden!
Speaking of the garden, we had our first salad of the season this week - baby arugula, mesclun, radishes and chives. I tossed a packet of arugula and mesclun in a raised bed just before we left for vacation in April -- I'm so glad I did! The rest of the cool crops are coming along - the kale, beets, chard, spinach and pak choi are still tiny sprouts; and the potatoes in barrels are popping up too! My tomato starts are so tiny that I am going to buy plants from the farmer's market. I'll be starting those tomatoes in February next year!
Here are a few photos of my raised beds and a couple of "before and after" images from the garage project last summer. Let me know how your garden is doing!
The old shed and the new garage! Hot tub gone - chicken coop in its place!