Gardening, inspiration, Motivation, Nature

Facebook Post Wonders In My Yard

The #reel is in Spanish. I talk about how wonderful nature is. One seed of a sunflower gave me this beautiful multiple sunflowers plant. The bees enjoy it so much, the hummingbirds, myself. Pollination in my urban farm has been fantastic this year thanks to the sunflowers and other bee pollination plants I acquired for this growing season.

Gardening, inspiration, Motivation, Nature

Wonders in My Garden My Sunflower and A Poem

I’m so happy I got my first sunflower so early in the year. I know, it’s only one now. It is probably a seed from last year’s sowing. I will be planting more seeds very soon 🤗

Ah Sunflower

by: William Blake (1757-1827)

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Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveler’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

Animals, Nature, sustainability

Hens and Roosters a Wonderful Variety in my Backyard

My Hens and Roosters

My dream flock would consist of one of probably every breed. I like chickens this much.

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I am totally egg obsessed and trying to achieve the most colorful egg basket (and colorful chickens) in my suburban backyard. Seasonal availability and hatchery minimums are somewhat a hindrance, so I’m dependent on what my local feed store happens to carry or what I can produce myself using my incubators by mixing hens and roosters of different breeds, thus getting a variety of eggs.

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My current laying birds include Easter Egger, Buff Orp, and Blue Wyandotte. I am getting more chicks next week: Black Dominant Copper and an Olive Egger. I wanted to get a white or cream egg layer. The store is getting a new shipment at the end of the month.

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Can’t decide between White Leghorn, Sicilian Buttercup, Speckled Sussex, or… Columbian Wyandotte-just because I want a white chicken and they’re so beautiful even though they lay brown eggs.

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Exotic Tropical Fruit Of The Week: Chayote

CHAYOTE BRITISH AND AMERICAN PRONONCIATION: CLICK HERE

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Chayote belongs to the same family as squash, melons and cucumbers and the plant is native to Mexico, where it grows abundantly. The fruit can be eaten raw and is used in salads, although most of the time it is cooked in soups or stews. Any way you eat it, you will love it.

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One chayote gourd offers vitamin C (10.2 milligrams), vitamin E (.2 milligrams), vitamin K (5.4 micrograms), and vitamin B6 (.1 milligrams). It is also a great source of niacin (.6 milligrams), folate (123 micrograms), and choline (12.1 milligrams).

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Chayote is also mineral and fiber-rich, providing calcium (22.4 milligrams), iron (.4 milligrams), magnesium (15.8 milligrams), phosphorous (23.8 milligrams), potassium (165 milligrams), and sodium (2.6 milligrams), as well as trace amounts of zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

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