Hello Everyone who is reading this.Â Apologies for the lapse in time since the last Blog.Â Initially the clocks going forward was, as always, so wonderful.Â I love it when the clocks go forward and we can at last say goodbye to the winter and the dark evenings.Â
As the clocks changed, so did our magnificent poly tunnel.Â It enabled us to really get a move on.Â Rick ever mindful that he needed to get things planted as it was already getting a bit late in the year for some things.
Â A trench had to be dug all the way around the exterior of the framework, so that the plastic could be buried in the ground – presumably to stop the wind from getting underneath it.Â This proved to be quite a task.Â With my daughter’s help we managed to do this over 4 evenings.Â The trench was 12 inches wide and almost 18 inches deep.Â We encountered lots of “debris” that had obviously been buried over many years.Â Our gorgeous “girls” and Mr Cockerel also helped in this task.Â Maybe help was not quite the right word to use, but they really had fun digging around in the fresh soil and having dust baths.Â My husband’s favourite little hen called “Hendini” (because she escaped on the first day we brought them home) was more interested in having a “ride” on the fork before jumping off and doing it all over again.Â Really good fun to watch, but very time consuming.
Â By the following weekend, we were ready to put the cover on.Â The plastic cover looked absolutely enormous when spread out across the grass.Â Â We had some sun over that weekend, so Rick spread the plastic sheet out across the grass to allowÂ theÂ plastic coverÂ to “warm up” a bit before being pulled across the framework.Â Actually, it turned out to be a much easier task than we thought at first and it now looked like a real poly tunnel!!!Â Fantastic!Â The overhang of the plastic was buried in the trench and back filled all around.Â Of course, the usual help was involved as well and we all went to bed, including the chickens after a week long work getting so much done.Â A stable close by has proved invaluable and whenever we pass, there is usually free horse manure available.Â Rick has dug this into the soil in the poly tunnel for obvious reasons!
Once we had achievedÂ most of the poly tunnel work, Â I settled down to do the next Blog.Â Not to be, because I could not remember the password.Â So, back to Jill for more help with that and then we were knee deep in our regular work during the day and the garden after work.Â Â I have now made a separate note of the password and will try and do a Blog a little more often.
The chickens and ducks are doing so well.Â I am not looking for a recipe for Coq au Vin for now andÂ Mr Cockerel is still doing a great job with the girls andÂ my daughter and myself are less nervous of him.Â However, I now go everywhere with a garden cane in case he gets a little too close.Â Today is Easter Monday and we are going to get a Drake this afternoon to keep the girl ducks company and hopefully they will raise some baby ducks.Â Â We have also decided to get some geese, they are only a week old at the moment so won’t be getting them for a few weeks yet. They still need heat and we don’t have that facility (yet) – but I am working on that.Â AlsoÂ the chicken run will be extended to accomodate the geese.Â Probably about 4 we think.Â Â During the day when we are home the chickens and ducks run around the garden with us.Â However, when we are at work, stay in their own run.Â
With the poly tunnel, although not complete, it is now possible to plant seeds and plants and Rick has been concentrating on this the last few days.Â Our dining room has become a “nursery” for some seeds including, peas and runner beans, various squash and kol robi.Â Also some Huckleberry seeds.Â I had not heard of these before this year.Â So far, they have been the only ones not to germinate.Â Has anyone out there got any ideas or tips about these that might help.
As I am writing this, Rick is busy planting in the poly tunnel. My daughter sometimes works for an organic herb grower, so we already have lots of lovely herb plants to go in.Â Of course, some seeds are sown straight into the soil.Â Rick has been extremely busy preparing the soil for the seeds.Â The temperature in the poly tunnel is 60 degrees this morning, so hopefully it will warm up nicely and the seeds will soon germinate.