Wednesday, May 12, 2010



This bowl measures 10” across and 7” high. That gives you an

idea on how many feathers. I wonder what he is feeling like this morning.

Yesterday was a full packed day here at Prairie Flower Farm. Tay was in the kitchen making her famous peanut butter cookies, Tressa was working on designing her graduation cards and I was outside most of the day getting the garden in. The girls came out at different times to help when I needed it. There was a possible sever storm coming so the animals were a little restless. I was working in the 2nd garden and heard a ruckus going on in the coop. Looked over and Mr. Not Nice Guinea was holding on to Mr. Nice Turkey’s tail feather and holding on for dear life. The turkey was running around dragging Mr. Not Nice Guinea around. It was the funniest site! Soooo I called Tay to come help me cut the wing feathers off Mr. Guinea a little bit more! This makes it so he can’t fly in and out of the coop. WE cornered the 2 Mr. Guineas. I went to grab one and in the flapping I could only get his tail. Now mind you that is a big tail on a guinea. I gasped!!!!!! I had the whole tail in my hand. Taylor and I laughed so hard! Serves that meanie right. Well that is kind of not nice of me I know, but they are so not nice and I would love it if they could just stay outside the pen and go eat bugs in my garden like they are supposed to do. He literally has only one I mean one tail feather left. He is still in the pen. Today is another day. . . . . . Taylor ran to go get the camera, so I could show you how many feathers i grabbed. They really are beautiful feathers. Perfect polka dots on some of the feathers and oval shapes on other’s. Isn’t the Lord amazing that He would be so detailed in His creation, to give His children beautifulness to look at. Hmmmmmm I love it!

Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1: 24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

The plant I have pictured here is a tomato plant we bought in advance, so we would have tomatoes earlier. We put in 12 plants to get a head start. Can’t wait for the first tomato! Little flowers are waiting to turn into tomatoes. We will make fresh salsa with our first harvest.

Yesterday I planted all of the rest of tomato plants in the garden. I was really pleased with the tomato plants that were started from seed. It makes such a difference, if you use a light, even if it is just a shop light. It keeps the little plant controlled and it won't go off and get spindly by trying to find light. The base of the plant will be nice and strong. You will need the light about 2" from the top of the plant.

In the other garden I finally got the potatoes in. It won't matter that they are late, they will come up the same as those who got theirs in earlier. I just won't have them as soon. : ( The girls make the best garlic and butter potatoes. We will wait.

Happy Gardening! I would love to hear what is going on with your garden. If you have any garden tips please leave some. I am so interested in learning!

Today I will be planting some zinnias that I started and I will plant them in my garden. I love to see color when I walk into my garden.




  1. Love seeing your garden. Take care,

  2. What a vision I have of Mr. Not Nice Guinea and Mr. Nice Turkey. I'm laughing with you. I just had to tell Papi about it!!

    Your Garden looks great!! Ours still isn't in the ground. It's been too wet and/or windy for several days or we weren't able to be home. At least it's tilled now. Papi is our gardner, but I sure love to eat the fresh produce. LOL

    Have a God Filled Day

  3. What a funny mental picture I have of your Mr Not Nice guinea. Oh my!! LOL Thanks for the laugh this morning.

    My tomato plants all have little green tomatoes on them. I am waiting for fresh salsa and bruchetta too.

    I used an organic fertilizer on the veggies and herbs this morning. One cap per watering can. Because I container garden, I have to water and feed more. Bonnie makes a good one that is easy to use.

    Have a wonderful day.

  4. I got my garden in just before my mom left from visiting us. We put in cayene peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, a bunch of different herbs, zucchini, onion, cucumbers, and I few more things I can't recall at the moment. This is only our second garden ever so I would love some tips too. I enjoy gardeneing and trying to get my kids involved as well.

  5. Your story made me laugh!

    We picked our first potatoes this week and we ate them last night. I'm looking forward to fresh salsa too and have baby peppers already, but no blooms on my tomato plants yet!

  6. Looks like you are off to a great start on your garden!

    I can imagine it was quite a surprise when your grabbed a hold of his tail and it all ended up in your hand as he ran away!

    Have a great day!

  7. Does anyone do fly tying?*wink* We've had this happen when catching out tom turkeys, to avoid the wing whip they love to give we grab their tails, one time all the feathers pulled out, boy was if funny to watch him strut and display with no tail feathers. I did feel bad, because it took until winter for him to display again for the girls.

    Your garden looks lovely, can't wiat for our weather tostraighten out a bit and get our crops planted. Potatoes and onions are all we have in right now. We do have kale, lettuce, soinach and mustard started in planters, that is almost ready for there first harvest*wink*

    Blessings for the remainder of your week Linda,

  8. OH that is too funny! I know what you can do with the feathers:-) On the sidebar of my blog there is a link to a cut wool tutorail--I learned how to make them up at Tasha Tudor's. Anyway, we have made owls and used bantam feathers for wings:-)

  9. Well, it was better that YOU got ahold of him, than some wiley ole' coyote! That is what I thought when I first saw the photo!
    I would like to ask you a question about the guineas. I don't let my chickens out of the pen in the spring/summer because they scratch out my plants. Do guinea fowl scratch like chickens? I have heard that they don't and thought they might be good to have around for bug catchers but don't need anymore scratchers!

    The feathers are so beautiful ~ wouldn't they make a lovely Christmas ornament glued all around a styro ball! I saved some grouse feathers for just that idea! But, I haven't gotten around to it yet!

    I don't have much in the garden yet. Just some cabbages, peas and potatoes!

    Have a great day!

  10. Patricia, thank you, just got in from outside. It is looking like a storm day. Lots of mugginess going on out there! Feels horrible. Watering my rhubarb. It has needed it for some time, we have only been getting a little bit of rain.

    How fun that you told your Mr. That about it, thrills my heart. Thank you for telling me. I have another girl that has read to her Daddy. It was a funny thing going on in the coop yard. . I am glad I didn't have a video of Tay and I running after them! That would have been a sight!

    Amy,We make bruschetta also. Isn't it so nummy. I think I have a recipe way back in my blog. I am organizing my blog labels, I will have it up soon. Can't wait.

    Nicole, I forgot I put my onions in also. You will have fun with your sweet potatoes. I love watching them grow! They are really pretty.
    I just finished working on my roses. I love them for bouquets in the summer. Great gifts to give also. Hope some ladies leave some tips for you. One tip I have is laying newspaper and straw down. It keeps the moisture in real nice. Then I don't have to water so much.

    Lorus, did you say supper was at six tomorrow? smile. I have it on my calendar. hehehe

    Kim,Thank you! It was soooooo funny!

    Kelle You cracked me up. I giggled so hard. That is a fun story! Thank you for the blessing! I hope we can get some rain. We could use it here in Kansas.

    Suzanne, I went......... how adorable!!!!!! One year I made these little baby chicks and bunnies. The other day I came across one and I had this bag of tiny little feathers from a teal duck. I put one in the hinney ( I use that word, but I am not sure it is one) of the little chick. Looked so cute.

    Lady Farmer, Guineas do not scratch around! They are very nice, but they do fly really good and that is why they get into the coop. Not nice of them. I will cut some more of their wing feathers tonight when they all come in to roost. I have made pheasant feathered ornaments before. They are very pretty.

    Blessings Ladies, I am back out the door to go move water. Have a nice day.

  11. Your garden looks great...I don't have anything but radishes and lettuce so far...but I live in faith...and by faith! Love your postings!!! Did you get rain? It hasn't rained yet here in Salina but looks ready to open any minute!!

  12. JamJar, I didn't know you lived by me? I love Salina. I think I own part of the Quilting Bee. Have you ever gone there?
    We didn't get but a little rain. It looks like it is going to rain today though.

    Blessings, Linda

  13. LOL! I would love to be where we could have a few chicks and some guineas. Ours are behind the church and we collect eggs once a week. We have a container garden going at the house--tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplant, peppers of various sorts, lettuce,cabbage, herbs.....not bad for city folks, huh. Blessings to you and yours.

  14. It sounds like you had an interesting day...poor Mr. Not so nice..lost all his feathers..or just about lost them all. I bet he looks a sorry sight now : :) :) LOL

    I don't have a garden yet. I live in an apartment complex. However, I do have a really nice fenced in back patio area whre I could grow some flowers and some veggies. I have no idea where to start. I'm always inspired by reading others gardening projects.

    Now potatoes...sure are yummy, whichever way you cook them. What tdo they look like twhen they're planted? I know you dig them out of the grown etc..but how do you know when they're ready? I'd love to see a picutre.

    Oh, thanks again for posting those Scripture pictures. Those are always nice...well, anything you do is nice :) :) I'm praying that all is going well for you and your family :) :)

    Lots of love and hugs from Southern Oregon :)

  15. Mr. Guinea should think twice before he goes pulling on anyone elses tail. you garden is coming along nicely.

  16. I have 2 male guineas and they are mean too! I love them, but wish they'd leave my chickens alone!

  17. Linda,
    Well another day of scarey tornado warnings all around. Hope you missed them so far. Here in Hutch we spent about 30min in the hallway.

    Love your stories, there has got to be something to make with those beautiful feathers. Gods work is so amazing to me. Your posts help me to feel closer to God and help by starting out my day with your ministry.
    Thank you so much.

  18. Oops is right!~LOL!
    Poor naked hineyed guinea...the feathers will grow back, right?
    I havta say that maybe just maybe he had tail whoppin {well in your case, plucking} comin'!

    I do hope that you aren't getting all that scary weather I keep hearing about!

    Think of you often! Ü

  19. Gloria, How are yours behind a church? You are a major gardner! How fun to be able to do that. It works! Blessings to you also. Enjoy when you stop by!

    Heather, You will have to stop by tomorrow. I got a pic of Mr. Not So Nice one tail feather! Honest, he looks a little embarrassed if you ask me. I think I saw the Chicks giggling. On my potatoes I make a trench. Place the potato parts that have an eye on it. Cover it up with dirt and then later when they start to have some flowers you start looking. I start looking before that and take the little ones out. Mmmmm good! I will take some pic's when it gets to that time. Just for you!

    Patty you are so funny! I really started to giggle and my honey said what? I told him it was you! smile

    Nancy, I know what you mean!

    Lynn from Kansas, do I know you? We have been missing them, but today I was on with my son. He was picking up his children at Inman. They live in Buhler. Anyway when he was talking to me he said that he had to leave that the sirens were going off. Then a little later his sister called him and he was telling her that he was looking at a funnel, but it didn't hit the ground. Not cool in my book! Thank you for the sweet words. I live in Sterling if you are ever close by.

    Kelley, saw your pic on facebook today! You are so cute! Your comment just makes me crack up. You are tooo funny girlfriend!

    Read the above comment. To close for comfort! Thanks for coming over and talking you silly talk. I love it!

    Love you all! You make my sun shine! Linda

  20. Oh my goodness Linda! That is one BIG tailfull of feathers! Now what are you going to make out of them? They are beautiful! Thinking of you! Have a wonderful day!


  21. Love your story! I felt like I was there watching it all take place. We too have been getting our garden in. We have all the first garden planted. In the other garden, we will plant mostly beans and corn as these are staples at our house. Take care and God bless.

  22. Oh Linda LOL!!! I am sure that Danny would have plucked my guineas tail feathers out had he caught them too! We sent all 7 of them packing a few weeks ago. They have a new home on a friends farm. They can now poop all they want to on his porches!!!!!!! And wake him up early in the morning. And speak to him thru the door by pecking on the door while pooping on the porch........etc etc etc etc...

    If they went out and did their job catching bugs and ticks they would still be here.....I have to say my porches were clear of bugs and ticks though!!

    Poor guineas have a very hard life trying to please us don't they??

    Take care! God Bless!!

  23. Oh, this is such a busy time of the year. Thank goodness God has provided us with extra long days of light to get all the work done.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  24. Linda, I loved the guinea story.. how funny!! Glad you took care of Mr Not so Nice so he can't cause that trouble anymore :)

    Thank you for your sweet comments about my coop ♥ I know you too can build anything you set your mind to! Not to mention, it is so fun! Speaking of which, the coop project and non-stop rain are two reasons why my garden is way behind. Hopefully it will all work out in the end! -Tammy

  25. Love your post........ your tomato plant is amazing!! Our's is not quite that will post ours later.

    xoxo Gert


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