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Chooks ahoy

July 20, 2014

 

With all my preoccupation with bees, the rest of our patch has taken a bit of a back seat, blogging wise. However, I’ve not been totally neglectful of the rest of the garden and its inhabitants…

On the chicken front, my aging collection of hens has been supplemented by three new pullets, bought from a local supplier, plus a home hatched-Light Sussex hen. As a consequence, laying rates are up to an acceptable level again (i.e. enough to  easily supply our domestic needs, plus allow for a few gifts & sales on the side). The only slight annoyance is that while my son picked out the three pullets that we bought, I was distracted enough not to note down their breeds…annoying not to know!

A mixture of young and middle-aged chooks!

A mixture of young and middle-aged chooks!

In the greenhouse, all the tomatoes are doing well as are my cucumbers, chillies, strawberries and lettuce. As ever, my Claber watering system takes the pressure off the daily watering regime, leaving me with only having to worry about feeding, a few times a week.

The re-built veg patch is doing well too. All beds are occupied, with the overwintered garlic and onions about to be replaced by pumpkins. In the other raised beds, beetroot, runner beans, dwarf French beans, parsnips, leek, kale and spring planted onions, are all doing well. I’ve abstained from potatoes and turnips this year – both crops have gave me trouble in 2012 and 2013, so this year it was time for a change.

Veg patch in full flow

Veg patch in full flow

Elsewhere in the garden, all the trees and shrubs are pouring on the growth. The warm wet spring, followed by the current warm start to the summer, has given everything a good kick start.

Now…back to the bees!

Honey bee tackling some Old Bay Willow Herb

Honey bee tackling some Old Bay Willow Herb

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2014 5:36 pm

    We too have bees, chickens and vegetables! All enough to fill your heart with joy eh?

  2. July 21, 2014 5:03 pm

    Hooray for bees. I’ve been trying to do my part to be bee friendly with varied success.

    Wrote a poem you might like about them.

    http://fortressofdissolitude.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/an-apology-to-the-bees/

    Cheers.

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