Winter is falling, winter is falling!!!

Helloooooooo there garden gals and guys! It's been six months since my last post for the season, which you may remember ended with me picking apples from my apple tree and making a pie with them. Did you miss me? I certainly missed being able to share my garden goodness with you all.

Well, winter is finally giving way to spring, and I'm ready to get things rolling. I've already fallen a little behind because I haven't ordered my seeds yet and seed-starting time is just around the corner! Eeek! But at least I have the seeds picked out that I want. I just have to place my order. I think I'll be doing that sometime this week.

As my thoughts turn toward my little backyard farm, I'm thinking of things I have always wanted to try and deciding what I can tackle this year. First, I'm definitely doing the rain gutter grow system again.The garden soil needs at least another year of rest before I attempt to going back to planting in the ground. But I think the main thing that I am going try this year is having a worm farm! Yup! I've always wanted one, and they are pretty easy to do. I've always loved the results that compost have in my garden, so why not get some worms and let them contribute to the daily chores of my little backyard farm!

Speaking of composting, I'm also going to start spinning my compost tumblers and turn all that chicken poop I've been cleaning out of the coop this winter into even more fertilizer. Who knows, I may even start selling small bags of it on Craigslist. All I need to do is come up with a catchy name. Maybe something like Precious Poop. :-)

You may remember that last year I canned for the first time. Well, I think I will do that again this year. Though I won't can green beans. I just didn't use them as much as I thought I would. I'll do more tomatoes, and definitely make more salsa, as the six pints I made went very quickly during our big snowstorm!

I also plan to buy at my local farmers markets again. There's only so much space in my backyard, and I just can't grow everything that I would like to grow. I've made a mental note of the things we buy a lot of in the winter months. Frozen fruits and salad greens are high on our list. So, to save some money, I will be buying blueberries, peaches, and strawberries in bulk this year and freezing them for the winter months. Salad greens don't freeze too well, so I will still have to go to the store for those once winter is upon us again.

You might be wondering how the girls are doing. Well my little egg-laying ladies made it just fine through the winter. They even survived their first molting and managed to grow their feathers back before the first really cold days of winter (I was a little worried there for a minute!). They even survived that huge snow storm we had. They were very happy when we dug them out of this situation with our handy dandy snow blower!

Yeah, that's the coop! Buried under about two feet of snow. But, once hubby dug them out with the snow blower, they were happy campers! Here's a little video of hubby rescuing the girls:

I'm pretty proud of my little ladies. They are tough. Once we cleared an area for them to scratch around in, they had no complaints. They even managed to lay eggs all the way through winter. Some days only one or two would lay, but I'm okay with that, especially since about three weeks ago they started ramping back up to full production again!

Well, I think I've gotten you back up to speed on the Fat Earth Backyard Farm. So, you know what I'm about to say.....

Until next time garden gals and guys!

Happy gardening!!


  1. So good to hear from you again. I see you are about to engage in some old and new ways to grow. Look forward to seeing what you grow in the rain gutter system. I think last year you had Basil and am excited to see how your worm garden turns out.

    Good Luck

    1. Thanks, Frank! I am excited for the worm garden as well! Trying to decide whether to do a DIY one or buy one. Have any thoughts on that?

  2. Glad to see you're back! We're trying worm composting this year too and we found out (already!) that we need additional trays with the worm composting system we have. Overall we're very pleased with the worms and the complete lack of smell. We don't have much of the worm composting tea coming out of our wormery; I think Utah is a bit too dry so we end up needed to incorporate water quite often to keep the worms happy.

    How about Fatearth Fertilizer for the chicken manure?

    Looking forward to more posts!


    1. Hi, Emsy! How many trays do you have? Now I'm concerned that I may need more than what it came with! :-) That name sounds pretty catchy!

  3. Hi Audra,

    I have 4 trays; my worm composting system can manage up to 7 trays so I'm looking into buying more trays and a second wormery because we have a lot of waste and the usual composting heap is very slow at the moment and we need to move it.

    Did you heat your chicken coop throughout winter? We're thinking of getting chickens this year if the changes to the city ordinance go through.


  4. Hi, Emsy:

    No we don't heat our chicken coop for two reasons: it's a safety hazard and it can lessen the survival ability of chickens because if they depend on that heat and there's a power outage, their bodies don't acclimate to the cold and they can freeze to death. Instead, we chose Plymouth Barred Rocks, which tolerate both extreme cold and extreme heat well. I just keep a nice thick layer of bedding in their coop in the winter months and they do just fine!

  5. Hi Audra,

    Thank you for sharing that's good to know! It gets very hot and very cold here in Utah; the Plymouth Barred Rocks were on of the breeds we were looking at getting since we need something pretty hardy for the climate.

    Thanks again for the info, I look forward to more posts this year!


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