April 18, 2014
The seedlings I planted in the window at the end of March are taking off. I didn't use supplemental lighting, so they may be a bit leggy, but they're doing much better than any of my previous attempts at starting seeds indoors.
Outside, we've got our mint, arugula, lavender and chives potted, and I've planted lettuce greens and peas. They should sprout any day now, and they'll be protected by the small chicken wire fencing we put up along the perimeter of the yard. So far, the fence has been enough of a deterrent for the hens that they don't hop over even though they easily could. However, it does pose other interesting problems:
For the past (almost) two years that we've been living here, we've noticed cat droppings here and there throughout the yard. Especially during garden season when the soil is tilled and loose. Well, last weekend the chickens were being noisy so I peeked outside to see what the problem was. I found six cats - six! - in our tiny backyard watching Starbuck lay an egg in her corner of the coop floor where she always lays.
I dashed outside to shoo them away, but they got confused with the new chicken fencing, and four of them were stuck in a frantic frenzy trying to figure out how to escape. They finally figured it out after I backed off enough to give them some space, and I haven't seen them since.