Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween

Hope you all have had a peaceful & fun Halloween

We have had some strange things appearing on photo's we have taken, lots of orbs all around the room.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Winter Digging

I was greeted by the sight of a dog fox sitting on my plot this morning, not quick enough with the camera though.

Started the winter digging in earnest today. Before the frosts hit, they will break up the rough clods for me. Another good reasn to winter dig is you unearth no end of pests so the birds will have a feast.

The little black things in the picture are slugs dormant a few inches under the soil.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

On poultry Keeping

As well as having 2 plots, we keep a small backyard flock of hens, just 4 but they supply us with enough eggs most of the year. They are kept in the back of my shed, with a pop hole to an outside run, they also free range when we are able. Spring time creates problems with free ranging hens they seem to home in on any seed tray I've left laying about and scoff the contents.

They seem pretty easy to keep really, as long as you keep the basics in mind, plenty of fresh water, good quality food ( table scraps are ok in small doses but tend to make hens fat if they get too much ) and a safe place to roost for the night well ventilated but draft free. And you don't need a cockerel to get eggs

The photo was taken last year not long after I had bought them, they are Rhode Island Red x Light Sussex.

I'll be adding a post or two on how to convert a shed to a poultry house at a later date.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Day 1

Well not really day one, but as good as anywhere to start
I've been on this site for about 2 1/2 years now and slowly winning the war on the weeds. Both plots are mine but the one on the left was taken on early this year. I don't stress too much about weeds they will disappear over time ... I hope !

To the right are garlic, followed by overwintering onions and under the hoops are a couple of rows of broad beans. Not much to be seen so far.

Today I've sown some Autumn sowing carrots just the other side of the hoops they are Thompson and Morgans "Nantes Frubund" a fast cropping cold resistant carrot, never tried over winter before so time will tell.