I love crit­ters. (Espe­cially when they don’t eat my toma­toes.) And I’ve been want­ing to invite some chick­ens to live here at Bum­ble­bee Gar­den for some time. So I’m just tick­led pink that I finally worked up enough nerve to place my order for an Omlet Eglu house and three white leghorn chickens.

I’m already think­ing about names. Max­ine, after my 90-year-old great aunt? Min­nie Ruth, after my grand­mother? Olivia or Outa (as in “oh you’da died”) after other fam­ily mem­bers? Let the games begin!

Despite the fact that the tem­per­a­tures here in August have been humid and hot, the gar­den is still look­ing fairly good, although the inevitable decline is just around the corner.

The mal­abar spinach is just beau­ti­ful. It’s won­der­ful in cook­ing, but you don’t really want to eat it raw. Imag­ing pick­ing some leaves from your front land­scap­ing. Hummm. Very green tasting.

Those are some zin­nias that the but­ter­flies just adore. And behind them are some Ford­hook lima beans. My teenage son adores lima beans. In fact, he may be the only teenager in the world who adores lima beans. So, by God, I am grow­ing him some lima beans.

The con­tainer plant­i­ngs are just com­ing into their own. Well, after all, I did hang on to those pan­sies from last fall a bit longer than I should have.

Good grief. It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I’ll be plant­ing fall con­tain­ers again so soon.

Where does the time go?

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30 Responses to “More Garden Plans in the Works–Chickens!”

  1. Carol, May Dreams Gardens Says:

    Aack! Is it time to think about fall con­tain­ers already? I see no decline in your beau­ti­ful gar­dens, but I’ll take your word for it…

    Now, about names for your chickens…

  2. perennialgardenlover Says:

    I have to agree with Carol, your gar­den looks gor­geous. I would love to have chick­ens, but my dogs would give them anx­i­ety. lol

  3. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    Have fun with your new girls. Show us the chicken house once you have it in place. We’d love to see it.~~Dee

  4. Gail Says:

    We do fall con­tain­ers, too? Oh yeah, pan­sies;-) Can’t wait to see the chick­ens and their roost!

  5. Robin Says:

    Now you’ll have some great manure for your gardens!

  6. Lisa, Natural Gardening Says:

    How have you man­aged to make Mal­abar spinach tasty? I’ve added onions, gar­lic, and bal­samic vine­gar and still ended up with some­thing pretty darn inter­est­ing to us. But it is pretty and pro­lific in our hot climates!

    Hope you have fab­u­lous suc­cess with your chick­ens… our dog would not be a happy com­pan­ion to them, I’m afraid, but I’d have them in a minute otherwise.

  7. Lisa, Natural Gardening Says:

    P.S — I should have said the Mal­abar spinach was UNinteresting…when cooked with deli­cious amendments.

  8. El Says:

    You are going to LOVE those chick­ens. I have one leghorn (Pauline) and she’s the only Hou­dini in the bunch, mainly because she flies–to the top of the garage, natch–to escape the run. She’s a good layer though. All our girls are named after great grand­moth­ers, which is the only way I could’ve ever come up with Ver­loe and Letha. Have fun, Robin.

  9. Cindy Says:

    How about host­ing a chicken-naming con­test, with you as the judge, for one of the girls? My sug­ges­tion: Nelda Raye. (There’s a story behind that … choose that name & you get the story!)

    I can’t remem­ber how I came to find these sites for some friends who own chick­ens … check out http://www.savagechickens.com/ and

  10. jgh Says:

    I also have a dog that’s pre­vent­ing me from get­ting chick­ens– I just couldn’t tor­ture her that much. But I love read­ing about oth­ers’ chick­ens so I look for­ward to hear­ing more!

  11. Annie in Austin Says:

    What a cool idea, Robin! Down in the Zan­than area of Austin you can keep chick­ens, but the HOA’s have laws against them in many other parts of town.

    No funny names like “Fric­asee” or “Dumpling”? I think we saw them on the coop at a children’s zoo. But if you’re in it for the eggs…well, they should have nice old biddy names!

    Annie at the Trans­plantable Rose

  12. Donnab Says:

    I just dis­cov­ered your blog. COOL. Your gar­den is lovely. We have some free range chick­ens at our small organic farm in north­ern Alabama. When it starts to get dark, they sort of round them­selves up. Still very hot here.

  13. Diana Kirby - Austin Says:

    Hey — good luck with the chick­ens! How fun. We adopted a dog yes­ter­day from a shel­ter and her only down­side is that she eats chick­ens! Oops. Well, we don’t have any so that’s ok. I have the mal­abar spinach — I sautee it with toasted pine nuts and gar­lic and olive oil, but I have a TON of it — seems it loves the broiler here. What else do you do with yours?

  14. Eve Says:

    I would love to raise chick­ens but I have no idea how many you would need to have enough eggs for two peo­ple. I will use about a dozen a week, for break­fast and cook­ing. Would three chick­ens pro­duce a dozen a week? Don’t laugh, I don’t know these things? LOL

  15. topiary lady Says:

    Hi Robin this is the first time that I’ve been to your blog…and I love it and your gar­dens! I am so jeal­ous that you are get­ting chick­ens. Although we live on a farm my hus­band is not a fan of chick­ens so I’ve decided that in order for me to have all of the farm ani­mals that I’d like I plan to do them in top­i­ary all around the house. So far I’ve made Hen­ri­etta the Hen and Rocco the Rooster in box­wood (the kids helped me name them). Mau­rice and Geral­dine the ducks have their own lit­tle bird bath “pond”. After see­ing those Omlet Eglu houses I’m so tempted!

  16. Kim Says:

    I’m envi­ous of you get­ting chick­ens. I won­der if I could get away with them in Colum­bia? I doubt Gar­den Man would indulge me this, and we’d be for­ever try­ing to out­wit the foxes. I’ll enjoy them vic­ar­i­ously through yours. Can’t wait to see them.

  17. NJ Dirt Gardener Says:

    Just found your blog by ran­dom googling at end of long week. Sur­prise! I lived in a lovely old house a few miles north of you 10 years ago. Your pho­tos bring it all back to me. We had a HUGE veg­gie gar­den, much too big for three peo­ple, that I will always miss.

    Calvert County feels like an “out of the way” place, but it’s got hid­den trea­sures and some pretty inter­est­ing characters.

    Nice to meet you.

  18. Kathleen Says:

    I am new to your lovely blog and I love your gar­den. I’m sure your chick­ens will live in grandure. One of my friends named all of her hens after first ladies. I am par­tial to Max­ine though. Have fun with all of your planning!

  19. sky Says:

    i have looked all year for a large piece of pot­tery which looks like an olive jar, sim­i­lar to the one in your pho­to­graph and have been unable to find one any­where in the seat­tle area. where did you find that beau­ti­ful piece?

  20. Rick Says:

    When do the hens and the coop arrive? Guess you should not un-subscribe to Back­yard Poul­try. Ha!

  21. Brenda Kula Says:

    I don’t know where the time goes. But if you fig­ure it out, please clue me in! I haven’t had lima beans in ages. Have no idea why not… Your gar­dens, per usual, are lovely and lush. I admire your gar­den­ing tal­ent.

  22. Mother Nature Says:

    Your gar­den looks so good. I have always wanted a few chick­ens. Who knows? It could happen.

  23. Mary Says:

    Love the Ford­hook Limas, too! Robin, your place is so pretty. Your gar­den is healthy and lush. I look for­ward to mine look­ing as nice one day.

    Sum­mer escapes too quickly.

  24. Kirstin Says:

    What a beau­ti­ful gar­den!! Can you tell me what the size of it is? We are cur­rently build­ing a home and I can’t wait to start gar­den­ing again. I have a sec­tion set aside to start with. I always have grand plans, but hope to start small at first.

  25. Jess Riley Says:

    I am in love with your gar­den!! You don’t mind if I live vic­ar­i­ously through you, do you?

    My par­ents have chick­ens on their hobby farm–BEST. Eggs. Ever.

  26. Rebecca Says:

    I love your name choices! I think they will do just fine =)
    It’s amaz­ing to think about the Fall to-do list already. I mean, my toma­toes are still green!

  27. kate Says:

    I read about your recent acqui­si­tion of new chicks. Good for you — you’ll have great fun com­ing up with names for them. Your gar­den is beau­ti­ful. It is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner.

  28. Bumblebee Blog » Blog Archive » Bumblebee Welcomes the Chickens Says:

    […] called the Omlet com­pany to see if they had any leads on my chick­ens. Sadly, it turned out that my much antic­i­pated chick­ens would be be delayed for two to four […]

  29. Joe Says:

    You have a beau­ti­ful gar­den! Wow!

  30. Alexandra Says:

    I think I need to have more con­tain­ers in my garden.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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