I planted lettuce seeds yesterday. It felt good. I put them in the 4x4 bed furthest from the house. It gets the most sun and seems to be the least likely to be disturbed by hens should they decide to take a dustbath. Their favorite dusting bed is the middle 4x4. You can tell by the very deep divets they've created by scratching and rolling. The scratching and rolling and overall digging by the chickens is the main reason I didn't put in a garden this season.
I thought the pullets were settling in nicely on the other side of the fence with Tiny's flock. It was a bumpy transition, with Ida hopping the fence nightly, but for the most part they stayed put; New Agnes in particular. Well, I don't know what happened over the last few days but they are hell bent on being on the garden side of our yard. I tossed them over no less than five times yesterday, back where they belong. Back to where I think they belong, but they obviously don't agree with my assessment.
In the late afternoon yesterday, when it finally warmed up a bit and I had fortified myself with enough ginger tea, I ammended the last bed and mulled over the contents of my little seed box. I went with Red Sails lettuce because it's fast growing and dependable. Lolla Rossa was a winner because it's so pretty and frilly. For green leaf lettuce I chose Lettony. I wasn't that impressed with it last year. My hands down favorite for green leaf is Chadwick's Rodan but I used up all my seeds and told myself it was time to try something different. And then to really mix things up I planted Hon Tsai Tai which is an Asian green. I could have sworn that on the seed packet it said the plant grew to six inches but I watched the video on High Mowing Seeds and see that their Hon Tsai is much taller than that. I'm regretting the placement already. I'm only after the tender greens so they may be alright where they are.
I just realized that these are the first seeds to go in the ground in 2014. It's better weather for seeds than for people. Seeds tend to relish a steady sprinkle with temperatures on the mild side. I can supply a shower from the hose attachment if we don't get a little rain from Mother Nature soon.
As for me, I can't seem to warm up. It isn't as if it's cold outside. We're enjoying mid to high 60s but I sit in this house bundled and slippered and shivering. The tea helps but doesn't last long. I need to get up and get moving. When I am feeling particularly curmudgeonly and anchored to my armchair, I think of my physical therapist who always said motion is lotion. She's right. I've got to get up and get moving. It makes a difference every time and in so many ways. With that said, I've got to get moving. Good day to you!