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Our new chicken pen around the asparagus patch

This is the time of year when we work on projects that we didn't have time for during the harvest season.  So finally, we finished our new checken pen.  We have surrounded our 100' x 50' asparagus patch with polyester mesh that will keep the foxes, raccoons and hawks out and our chickens in.  The first day we put the chickens in something chewed through the fence overnight.  So we reinforced it along the bottom with chicken wire, and the chickens survived another month uneventfully.   

Above you can see the rooster wandering among the asparagus fronds.  The chickens will ferilize the plants and eat the asparagus beetles that give us so much trouble. 

You might be surprised to hear that Northrop Grumman sponsored this chicken pen!  Some of their employees were in town for a women's leadership conference, and joined us for a morning of digging holes for the posts and laying out the weed barrier around the outside.  They also paid for the supplies.  Thank you!!

For now our chickens are in the shed that serves as their winter home.  Once the asparagus harvest is finished in June, we'll put them back into their new pen.  With such a big space to fill, we'll have to buy more chickens!  With some luck we might finally have some eggs to sell next year, and a much healthier asparagus crop in 2012. 

You can see a few more photos in our 2010 photo album in the right margin of this blog. 

Christmas trees for sale at Clagett

Choose your own Christmas tree!

Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clagett Farm

11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro MD 20772

Saturdays December 4 & 11, 1-4pm, or by appointment (301-351-4940)

  • Locally grown
  • Pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer-free (you won't find that from any other tree dealer near you)
  • Served as a great nesting and hiding place for birds and critters. 
  • A fun outing for the whole family.  
  • We'll help cut the tree and strap it to your car. 

All trees are Scotch Pine and White Pine, which are the best type for our region.  

  • $40 - under 6 feet
  • $50 - 6-7 feet tall
  • $60 - over 7 feet
  • DISCOUNT $10 off trees with a misshapen side
  • Just $25 for "Charlie Brown" trees (awkward all the way around) 

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The photo on the left is a Scotch Pine, which has smaller needles than the White Pine pictured on the right and at the top of this post.