|Blanche a chicken with attitude, love her!|
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
If you have come to view Schnauzer photos, my apologies, today I celebrate the chicken
I am a bit worried that the chicken above is a....gulp rooster. At 3 months of age they are just starting to grow out their combs and wattles, this one seems to be an early developer. Haven't heard any crowing yet, I hope it is just more advanced. On the plus side, if one were to be a rooster the Buff Orpington breed is one of the more docile breeds and if he were not too noisy I would love to have a rooster in the hen house. Any chicken experts out there with an opinion?
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
|Tomato Horn Worm|
|Extreme close-up, they seriously freak me out|
We don't use pesticides in the veggie garden, but I have another method of control.....
Pick'em and toss to the chickens
|Go Blanche Go!|
|Tasty...well to Chickens|
|Chickens are not into sharing|
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Busy days here with TWO new litters of pups in the house, born only 10 days apart. To see photos of the new pups check out Hexe's Blog and Hazel's Blog
Sunday, 15 July 2012
|Flowering next to a tomato|
Saturday, 14 July 2012
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Friday, 13 July 2012
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Thursday, 5 July 2012
My garden is off to the races! There is a time, after the first planted seeds germinate, when the garden is almost in a suspended state...then....suddenly.....it leaps into production. The last several weeks I have been harvesting and enjoying garden salads, however, the high temps of the last couple of weeks has caused all my Romain/Cos lettuce to bolt. I pulled it all yesterday and it went to the rabbits, they don't seem to mind bitter greens. I was on the ball enough to have planted this beautiful, buttery-soft leaf lettuce a couple weeks after the Cos, it is now making it's way to my table along with corn salad and arugula. I think I will be pulling the arugula over the next days, noticed some bolting yesterday, again, the rabbit clean-up crew will reap the benefits.
Yesterday, though hot, had me cleaning up the finished beds, adding manure to the soil and starting seeds once again, more salad greens and some late summer crops of beets, Swiss chard and summer squash.
This summer we have had both garden hits and a couple of misses. I planted both Red and Spanish onions, the Spanish are doing great
|Spanish onions and Arugula|
While the red...not so much. They went to seed a few weeks ago and flopped. Only bonus is the flower heads have given me amazing photos, this one taken this morning, wow!
|Blossom, red onions|
|Egg Plant leaf|
This was our first year of Egg Plants, started from seed they looked beautiful, until, placed in the garden and invisible hoards of insects feasted on them every night. I thought they were done, then the hot weather hit, they rallied, sent up beautiful new leaves, the stalks shot up and I am optimistic about harvesting them.
Another first in the garden is Broad Beans and Fennel, both started by us from seed and doing fantastic. Peas went wild this year, they relish bunny poo manure, I have never seen peas like this before. I have been picking and enjoying them daily the last couple of weeks.
Kale too joined the garden bed this year, it looks amazing, though seems to be enticing to the cabbage butterfly that flutters around it. I look for caterpillars daily and any I see are plucked off and fed to the chickens.
And last, but certainly not least, a photo of Hexe, who would normally be whining from the garden gate if I had left her there while taking photos in the veg garden. Instead she is sat on the porch wanting to go back inside, today is the first day she has started to nest, fingers crossed this means the pups are finally on their way, wish us luck.
For those that want to follow Hexe's Nursery Blog, here is a link to it.