Black Crimean heirloom tomatoes
Brandywine Heirloom tomatoes
Multi-coloured bell peppers
Bright orange bell peppers(California Wonder Orange)
Shelling peas (heirloom Green Arrow dwarf variety)
Cherry Belle radishes
Royal Burgundy Bush Beans
Little Marvel peas
More varieties of basil than I can count, including the Thai kind
Borage (purchased solely for freezing the flowers in ice cubes to dress-up a Pimm's cup. Gosh, I'm my mother's daughter, aren't I?)
We'll see how it goes.
Bonus Fun-we went to the farm supply store to see the first of the chicks and ducks and to pick up our USDA Backyard Biosecurity Calendar-aka, "The Sick Chicken Calendar." I did a long-ish post at the other blog last year, but it was so positively inspired, I'll reprint it here.
Dirty Birdie in The Sky, Why'd You Die In My Backyard?
When you visit farm supply stores this time of year many are selling chicks and ducks. Knowing this, the USDA dumps tons of literature and calendars there, free for the taking. Always looking for an interesting opportunity to educate the youngin’, I grabbed a calendar.
In what is probably a sign that I’ve lived in the country too long, I didn’t even notice the "how to identify sick birds" section-but Danny did! I should have figured "Backyard Biosecurity" would have something to do with sick birds.
"Why does that chicken have a runny nose?"
Yep, that’s one sick chicken. Long, long ropey-snot hanging to the ground in waterfall fashion. Still, a free calendar is a free calendar so I placed it back on the nail I’d hammered into my kitchen wall as the designated "calendar spot" seven years earlier and went back to cooking (not chicken). Sure, I guess snot-nosed infected poultry aren’t typically the sort of thing one wants to look at where they prepare food, but free is free, and if I get any runny-nosed chickens stumbling about I’ve my calendar at hand to help with the identification process. I’m inclined to think if I had a chicken with a booger waterfall I’d know it was sick without the helpful photo, but I guess they want to drive home the point.
So I know, you’re curious now. I wrote a little song about keeping birds safe from disease:
If your little birdie is lookin’ sort of dirty
Call your vet.
If your poor old chicken has a cough that’s really kickin’
Call your State poultry diagnostic lab.
If your duck has green diarrhea, droopy wings, and doesn’t see ya’
Take her out.
And wash your hands.
If your bird’s eggs are gross misshapen
And the wattle’s really gapin’
Take it out
(And scrub your shoes with disinfectant).
If your rooster’s not so large and has a thick nasal discharge
Call the vet.
If the swans begin to sneeze it might be Exotic Newcastle Disease!
Call a vet!
Some creepy genius guy from MENSA
Caught Avian Influenza
When he stuffed and mounted a pheasant head
And now poor Einstein’s DEAD!
Don’t play with dead birds your find in the wild!
And don’t eat them either.
If you must handle a dead bird with your fingers or your toes
Please don’t go rubbing your eyes
Or pick your nose.
Get some water. Get some soap. Call the State!
Why did the chicken cross the road? Who knows? He might have been sick!
Don’t take chances
Call the State!
And wash your hands.