Playing in the Dirt

I started the morning by adding three nuisance birds to our bag in preparation for Nuisance Stew.  Since we have a lot of Starlings and similar invasive/nuisance birds around I had the idea of eating them.  A quick Google search showed that while I am crazy, I’m not the only one.  I now have 6 or 7 birds in the fridge that will be going into some sort of dish on Monday.  We’ll see how it works out.  If nothing else they’ll make decent dog and cat food and they’re fun target practice.  Not to mention that I’m helping farmers and the native cavity nesting songbirds.

After the backyard hunting excursion we took Bella to a friend’s birthday party then picked up a few things for the garden from Lowe’s.  We walked out the door after spending almost $40 and not getting a single thing we had planned to buy.

Upon our return, the real work began.  Okay…  Maybe we ate fried chicken and watched TV first, the real work did happen – eventually.

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I dug all the old flowers, weeds, and small trees out of the previous tenants flowerbed.  The dirty bowling ball-sized rock was buried in the bed, too. I’ll put in some of our early plants in here tomorrow or Monday.  Unfortunately the bed is in the middle of Tank’s path so it will have to be fenced in.

The best part of the evening was building a little dirt pit for the kids to play in and watching them load and dump a handful of rocks over and over.

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The sod boundary walls will hopefully keep most of the dirt and rocks contained.  We’ll see.  For the moment at least the kids are enthralled and are following the rules pretty well.

While the kids played in their dirt I started digging the garden.  The neighbor stopped by and offered the use of his backhoe – which I don’t want anywhere near my garden.  I will, however, be asking for his help with excavating if my pond plans work out as I hope.  I think I’ll be able to persuade another neighbor to lend me a couple pigs to seal up the pond.  But I need to get a better handle on the garden and new chicken tractors before I go to far with that project.

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