Monday, February 17, 2020

I Forgot About the Chickens!!!

I mean I completely forgot about the chickens!  I got so involved in my day that I completely forgot to feed the chickens this morning!

If it were any other day besides Monday, that wouldn't be a problem, but we feed the chickens on Saturday afternoon and then don't feed them again until Monday morning. That's just our routine, it makes Sunday's easier as we're usually dressed in our Sunday clothes all day and Sunday clothes and chicken coops don't really make a good combination.  (Don't worry, we make sure they have plenty of food and water for Sunday, we take really good care of our chickens.)

Anyway, it was this afternoon when I realized I had forgotten to feed the chickens, so I hurriedly slipped on a jacket and flew out the door.  They still had a bit of feed and plenty of water so all was well, but it sure lit a fire under me when I realized what I had done!

After I left the chicken coop I checked in on things in the greenhouse.  Everything is doing really well!  I did notice that my seedlings were about an inch tall so it was time for the next step in growing your own seeds ...






  In the top portion of this container you see the tomato seedlings that are about an inch tall.  You will also notice that their stems are thin, this is the stage where they either need to be repotted or buried deeper.  I buried these deeper!  Look at the lower part of the container, all you see are the leaves of the bottom five plants.  That's because I took my finger and gently pushed them down into the soil and brought the soil up around the stem, leaving the leaves uncovered.  This will allow them to continue to grow and make a stronger/thicker stem.  I did this to all the tomatoes, cabbages and marigolds.  None of the other seedlings were ready for this stage yet.

I've been trying to find different ways to get elderberry syrup down since I don't particularly care for the taste of it (I'm trying to take a tablespoon full per day as a preventative measure.).   I've put it in water and drank it as flavored water along with a little stevia and I've put it in my almond milk smoothie that I have most days.  Do you have any suggestions for taking elderberry syrup other than just taking it by the spoonfuls?

That's it for today, our high temperature was 64 degrees.

I hope everyone has had a great day!  

patsi
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17 comments:

  1. I am glad that everything was okay with your chickens! I did not know that about seedlings. That is a real game changer to learn that. Mine always just get taller and weirder as time goes on. Bleh! I don't like elderberry either and will not take it unless I have no other choice! A teaspoon is likely enough for preventative use and may be easier to get down.

    It was a beautiful 62 here today. We got strawberries at Aldi for .99 today. They are so good! They taste of Summer.

    We had good news from two friends in the last few days that their cancer surgeries got all the cancer. Yay!

    So last week at the lake we had the case of the lost potatoes and tomatoes. We had packed them but they were no where to be found. When we got home yesterday we found them in the garage because everything goes out there and then gets loaded. It was cool in the garage for the eight days we were gone so they were just fine. That is a first in 20 years.

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    1. Lana, I like the sound of a teaspoon better than a tablespoon! I had to laugh about your lost potatoes and tomatoes … at least your potatoes and tomatoes weren't depending on you for their food and water!!! That's good news on the cancer surgeries, I wish we could find out what causes cancer.

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    2. Based on what I know, cancer always has an infection behind it. The number one cancer preventative is to keep the body alkaline. Cancer cannot grow under those conditions. You can buy pH test strips to check your saliva and the web is full of information on getting the body alkaline by diet.

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    3. Lana, thank you for that info!

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  2. I take my Elderberry syrup with sparkling mineral water as a drink and it's lovely like that. You could have it with hot water if you wanted, or stir it into yoghurt or stewed fruit or porridge if you aren't keen on the taste.

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  3. I put my elderberry in my tea in the morning. I have a tincture/tonic (I can never remenber which is which) that is unsweetened. I add it to my morning hot tea with raw honey. I can tell it's in there, but it's not overpowering.

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    1. Dawn, I hadn't thought about trying it in tea, thank you!

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  4. I'm not sure how many veggie capsules you would need for a Tablespoon, but whenever we have a liquid to take, we just use a dropper and put it in some empty capsules and make our own "pills" so we don't have to taste the liquid!

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    1. Tami, that is a really good idea! Thank you!

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  5. Patsy, do you not put honey in the syrup? I wait for it all to cool then add raw honey. It taste much better that way. :)
    I forget my chickies sometimes too but they have a feeder. Just need to find an easier watering system. :)

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    1. Barbara, yes, I do add honey to my elderberry syrup, but I still don't care for the taste of it! Glad I'm not the only one that forgets their chickens occasionally!

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  6. Like you I didn't like the taste of my elderberry syrup. I tried putting a stick of cinnamon in the finished jar of syrup and it made all the difference. It made it actually taste good. I just leave that stick in the jar.

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  7. It shocked me to find out you don't like the taste of elderberries. I made my very first syrup today. I simmered 1 cup of dried berries, 2 Tbls. of fesh grated ginger root, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. of ground cloves in 3 1/2 cups of water for about an hour. I strained it and let it cool down. When cool, I added 1 cup of raw honey, put it in a quart jar and keep it in the fridge. After my husband had dinner, I told him would be taking a tablespoon of this syrup everyday!! I can imagine that this would be good in tea. I wish I had to take this concoction instead of castor oil when I was a child!!

    Things are so muddy here in SW MO. We can't remember in all the years we've lived here - over 31 yrs.) it being this muddy. We've been getting more rain than snow. I can't wait for spring to arrive!

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    1. Kris, that's basically the same recipe that I use for elderberry syrup with a little variation in the water amount. It doesn't matter that I don't care for the taste, I'm taking it anyway. An ounce of prevention …! We've had a wet winter too, no snow but lots of rain.

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  8. New to gardening, basically a complete novice. You push your tomato seedlings down? Wouldn't that snap the stems? do you push them from the top on the leaves or pull/push them deeper by the stems? I am very curious to know as I want to grow tomatoes this year.

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