This is how the main garden looked yesterday, on a warm, bright, sunny day in Port Orchard, Washington! In this garden are Batwing pumpkins, ornamental gourds, Roma tomatoes, Yellow Pear tomatoes, Easypick Golden Hybrid Zucchini, sweet pumpkins, onions, Iko Iko peppers, Black Hungarian peppers, “Fooled You” Jalapeno peppers, Tabasco peppers, Thai peppers and greenbeans. Halfway through the season and off to a very VERY strong start!

It’s no secret that my favorite garden is the “Crop Circle” garden that I built in the middle of a circular driveway. This is a 28-foot circle and is filled with tomatillos, Roma tomatoes, Thai peppers, lemon cucumber, cherry tomatoes and sunflowers! Beautiful garden and a raised bed, to boot! Click on the photo for a full-resolution view. :)

Here are the “Plum Dandy” Roma-type “juicer” tomatoes from Territorial Seed. I set them out in a cold frame to get some sun and warmth. I will bring them out at night and keep doing this over the weekend. By Monday, they will go into the greenhouse!

Also pictured are some cipollini onions poking up in the far container!

This is the beginning of the 2013 garden! A friend, David Hyres, graciously provided me with some rhubarb plants. Here, I transplant them into the ground using the following method:

I grow my cipollini onions in a pot rather than in the ground. Here is my large planter, which contains nearly 80 onions. Can’t wait to start cooking these! Elsewhere on this site, you will find instructions on how to prepare and start them from seed.

And here is Blackbeard, our scrawny Easter Egger undergoing a full molt. Boy, the girls sure do look awkward and scrawny at this stage!!!

I don't like Stellar Jays - they are obnoxious, loud and they chase the other birds from the bird feeders. But I will readily admit that they are very pretty - and every now and then, I get a good pic of one. This photo was snapped by one of our home security cams ...

Watch the flowers bloom, the deer play and the maples turn red in this time lapse of our Port Orchard, Washington back yard, from April to October, 2015. And watch it all in just over one minute. What a great summer it was! And yes, as you will see, it rains here in the Seattle area all the time. So don't move here. :)

Here is the time lapse view of the Crop Circle garden for the entire gardening season (May through September)! This one also shows the construction of the garden shed. It was a great gardening season this year, with very little rain and warm temperatures. In this garden, I grew sunflowers, corn, butternut squash, jalapenos, Anaheim and Hatch chilis and tomatillos. The garden measures 28 feet across.

If you raise laying hens, you are likely to encounter a broody hen at some point. A broody hen will start spending more and more time in the laying box, "setting" on eggs she does or doesn't have and will growl at you (or worse) if you disturb her. I've tried every trick in the book to break a broody and persistence always pays off - but I'm always looking for that "quicker fix." One method that I've seen posted online is to suspend the hen in a wire cage for a period of time. This breaks up the "heat" on her back side and can disrupt the maternal impulse.

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