Adam has worked hard on the chicken coop and yard, and it's nearly done!
I watch lots of videos from Becky's Homestead.com. She lives in Florida, built her own homestead from scratch, and raises some happy birds. Plus, I have several good friends locally who do a great job with their chickens too. So I have lots of good teachers. Becky recommends these laying boxes made from plastic tubs, so we will give them a try. They are cheap, private for the birds, and easy to clean. They're up off the coop floor on a 1x8x8 board on cement blocks.
Becky says that chickens lay much better if they feel safe and are kept stress-free. So I want them to feel absolutely safe from predators.
What's left? Install the waterer and a shallow feeder, which we have, and add four hens.
Our grape vines are putting out tiny grape clusters -- so cute! And our figs are ripening well.
The peas are about done. I do enjoy how the harvest on a farm gently shifts from one plant to the next.
Last but not least, Adam's sweet corn. It's quite a bit higher than this now; I took this photo about a week ago. His corn is well behind other fields of corn locally, but for good reason. He looked up their schedule and planned for his corn to mature 2 - 3 weeks afterward, to prevent any cross-pollination. He doesn't want any contamination. So we may have to wait a bit longer, but hopefully we'll have better corn for the wait.