Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day plant may affect the heart, and gardening means chicken-love

Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), a common non-native, herbaceous plant
lives around our house, and has a little heart-shaped seed pod, so it's apropos for today.

The fact that it already has seed pods means I've overlooked their TEENY tiny white blooms,


Anyhow, webmd says:

"Shepherd's purse is used for heart and circulatory problems
including mild heart failure, low blood pressure, and nervous heart complaints."*

Nervous heart complaints?
Doesn't that sound like a Valentine's Day issue?
=) Perhaps the seed pod shape is a cosmic hint.

So, while I was trying to take photos of that plant w/my macro,
my camera autofocused on something that appeared in the background:
You can see blurry green things in front of the feathers--that's the plant. =)

Behold the very feathery foot of Moby, our light Brahma hen.
They're bred to deal really well with cold weather, and are sweet tempered chickens.

AND, she's the last of the initial 6 chickens,
was ALWAYS the biggest, and seems DETERMINED to be healthy and survive.

She rocks.

My gardening Valentine: if you ever feel lonely working in the garden, consider getting chickens.

They LIVE to dig in the dirt, and love to eat earwigs SO much,
they'll squeak when they find a pile of 'em.


"European earwigs can cause substantial damage to seedling plants and soft fruit
as well as to sweet corn. Damaged seedlings may be missing all or parts of their leaves and stem."

Yet another example of why chickens are great gardening companions.

I hope you all have a great weekend,
and that the U.S. east-coasters get and stay warm,
and the U.K. folks get and stay dry.


*hard to imagine what "mild" heart failure might be… yikes.

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