Mark Reed wrote:I don't know anything about fava beans, might have to look into them. If they grow in cold or cool, maybe I can plant them in fall like I've started doing with Brassica oleracea and carrots.
Yep, a docile looking chicken. How do you think the weather extremes, particularly the heat might affect the chickens and rabbits? Will you be able to keep them cool and comfortable? How will you go about feeding them independently, is the material you collect and put in their pen, plus maybe the bugs it attracts be enough or will you have to grow or purchase additional food?
As far a brooding, I found that some individual hens just love to hatch babies. It's much easier that way but they tend to be less tame of course without that close contact when they are little. I'm right now out of the chicken business but considering building new coop and starting over.
Speaking of rabbits, we are completely overrun with them right now and also chipmunks. They kind of go in cycles anyway as far as population size but I've never seen it this extreme. I can easily count twenty rabbits on the 1/2 mile journey out to the blacktop. No clue why they like to sit around in the gravel road. One of my gardens is not sufficiently fenced against them and shooting two or three a day has had no noticeable effect. Plus, I'm growing more than a little weary of killing things.
Jan White wrote:I'm sorry so many things haven't worked out. Every year, I go from spring enthusiasm to summer despair to fall resignation...
Mathew Trotter wrote:
relatively hands off (compared to a vegetable garden in these conditions)
Matthew Trotter wrote:
but that means I need to do a lot more prep ahead of time.
Jan White wrote:
Rather than fighting to change or compensate for your conditions, figure what what will grow in them and focus on those crops.