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Location:  Saint Paul, MN

Day Job:  Reading/Literacy Teacher

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro, Cumin, Dill, Marjoram, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Strawberries, Tarragon, Thyme, Tomatoes

Animals:  Cats, Chickens

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I'm all about the freshness of the foods that I prepare for my family.

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  • Posted by: SchultzJen on April 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Well, the saying here in the Midwest is, "if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes!" Warmer for the next few days, and colder for the weekend with the possibility of snow. When will it end!

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on March 16th, 2013 at 06:56 am

    Well, winter has returned to the Great White North. The weather had been so nice; just warm enough to melt snow and cause the birds to sing. Then a storm front moved through, and we are expecting 6 new inches of snow. This is such an unpredictable time of year and I cannot wait for it to end!

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on February 21st, 2013 at 10:21 am

    We had another cold couple of days, so the chickens went back into the warm. This time, however, they were ready to get back into the coop! They love their space. Even though three of them are still going through a molt, they are laying again. They do get a lot of protein, so I am sure this is helping. More snow on the way is predicted for the next 48 hours, with 5" total accumulation expected. More snow in the forecast for next week, as well.

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on February 2nd, 2013 at 07:01 am

    I did not think it was possible for my chickens to be any more spoiled than they already are, but apparently, I was wrong. We are having a major cold snap right now, and to protect them from frostbite and frozen toes, we moved them into a sheltered and heated area. They think they have won the feathered lottery! We are seeing the playful side that had been diminished during their time outdoors in the cold, but now-oh boy! They will spend their entire day calling for attention so one of us will come and play (and bring treats). We may have created little, fluffy monsters...

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on January 28th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    The year is already slipping away. We are having a stretch of poor, frigid weather, so the "girls" have been brought in to a warmer shelter. They are loving it, especially since the three older hens went into a molt at the beginning of December and are not currently laying. As soon as the weather permits, they will be back to their home.

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on January 3rd, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Happy New Year to everyone!

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on December 20th, 2012 at 08:30 am

    Winter is officially here. Time to start thinking about starting seeds in the portable greenhouse. What to plant?

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on November 24th, 2012 at 01:41 pm

    We have a real cold snap going. The "girls" are not happy one bit. We have the run and coop wrapped in heavy-duty plastic and a sweeter-heater going, which helps. We also have a deep bed of straw to keep their feet insulated from the cold ground.

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on November 23rd, 2012 at 08:37 am

    A cold front moved through yesterday. What a way to spend the holidays! Windy and cold today, too. Winter has made it's way to Minnesota!

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on November 11th, 2012 at 02:02 pm

    It's a cold and rainy/snowy day. Winter is coming. Put down a heavy layer of straw in the chicken run. At first, they weren't sure what to make of it, but they figured out how to scratch in it, and they think it's pretty fun! Hubby is wrapping everything up in heavy plastic to protect it from the snow and wind.

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