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Signs of spring 2014

First crocus

It seems I was looking in the wrong spot for the first crocus of the year.  This beauty turned up Monday afternoon, but the flower was so bold that I suspect it might have opened over the weekend.  The main crop, slowed down by the mulch under the peach tree, may be another week yet (or more if the forecast snow storm pans out).

Second chickMeanwhile, another sign of spring started peeping Saturday and popped out of the incubator Sunday and Monday.  The chick pictured here is number two, and I'll post a rundown on hatch data next week on our chicken blog for the geekier set.

We start our chicks on Avian Aqua Miser Originals, since the waterers keep the brooder dry, prevent
coccidiosis, and are just plain dependable.  If you want to follow our lead, we've marked down this premade chicken waterer to $25 (with free shipping) this week!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Last weekend, I actually got out the lazy chair and enjoyed the sunshine on my balcony.

Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Mar 11 15:16:30 2014
Still waiting on our first crocus here.
Comment by Brandy Wed Mar 12 05:33:54 2014

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