Apologies for the lapse in time since our last blog which unbelievably was April 13.Â Â Apart from the usual stuff going on around the home and garden I have been blessed to have some paid work so that has seriously reduced my computer time at home.
April 13 was quite a day.Â We went from having an extremely bare polytunnel and saying “what are we going to put in here” and by the end of the day we were wondering where we should be siting our second polytunnel.Â
Many different seeds were planted.Â Carrots, onions, radish, fennel, lettuce – the cut and come again and leafy lettuce.Â We bought some herb plants from a local herb grower, including basil, coriander, parsley, chives, chervil to name but a few.Â Â Rick also planted a lot more seeds and the whole day was quite overwhelming.
Someone gave us some broccoli plants and they are doing extremely well.Â By May 13, we were harvesting our first leaves from the lettuce.Â Other things followed very quickly – radish, thinning froms carrots and onions.Â Last week we harvested our first early potatoes from outside the poly tunnel.Â The chickens have loved the fresh dirt and each time the potatoes were covered over the “girls” took great pleasure in uncovering them again.Â
You will be pleased to know that Mr Cockerel is still doing a great job as a cockerel but a recent “incident” with a very young member of the family has made us think again.Â
This is going to be a short blog as so much to say and as usual the clock is against me.Â Mr Cockerel and the girls are doing really well and giving us regularly between 4 – 5 eggs a day.Â We only have 6 hens, so they are almost laying one egg each a day.
We have 2 broody girls at the moment, this is very new to us and for now we are just letting nature take its course.Â They are both eating and drinking well and come out for a stretch and a run around occasionally.Â Â Will let you know how they progress.
The ducks initial dislikeÂ and even hosility to ourÂ new arrival of the drakeÂ – now called Freddie has completely turned around.Â He too is a good drake for the girl ducks.Â We are having regularly 2 – 3 eggs a day from the ducks and for the first time in my life have eaten duck eggs.Â The duck eggs are amazing.Â Apart from the obvious freshness but the taste is very rich and due to the richness and the size can only manage to eat one.Â
The runner beans are already at the top of the canes, the peas are also doing well and the sprouts (put in ready for Christmas) have settled in nicely.Â The polytunnel now also has “an outside enclosure” for these vegetables giving us a third more space.Â Surprisingly that tooÂ has also started “expand”.Â
Next on the agenda is to have aÂ few turkeys………..Â hopefully, but that will involve increasing the size of the hen house/duck house and enclosed run.Â We will be paying for that ourselves and not putting it on any expenses for the new duck house!!!
For now I have to finish but will try not to leave it so long before the next one.
Happy days and happy growing to you all!!!