My chickens keep trying to get out, so I decided that I had better find some ways to keep them entertained. No amount of wing clipping and fencing seems to help! So I’m making a list of different ways to…
This week I have not got as much done as I’d hoped to do outside, but lots of planning and organisation. I’ve been scheming with a couple of friends. 1 has a greenhouse and very little time. The other has…
May is a lovely month in the garden. The birds are singing non-stop and we are surrounded by pink and purple flowers and blossom.
We have bluebells, lilac and clematis everywhere. Learn more
This spring I decided to have a go at hatching. Since I don’t have an incubator and a brooder, a friend of mine offered to incubate them and then lend me her brooder. So I bought a dozen eggs and put them in the incubator for 21 days. During this time, Emma ‘candled’ them to see if they were alive. She did this every few days. She disposed of the eggs that were not alive and we were left with 9. Learn more
Spring is here and I think we have a few chicks on the way!
The intelligence of nature never fails to amaze me. I mean no-one has to tell my little Mummy Hen how to become a mother. She just knows how to do it.
She sits on her eggs from 24/7 and once a day she gets off them and turns them. She also gets off once a day to have an enormous poo and a good feed. Learn more
I am learning about the permaculture principles of a polyculture system of planting.
In permaculture, at least 20% of your time should be spent observing. In the winter months, when there is less to do in the garden, I am spending some of my time learning and planning what to do in the busy months. So this week’s job is planning my planting schemes.
Mixed vegetable gardening is also known as polyculture. This means growing many kinds of plants
together. The growing mix in a plant grouping can include vegetables, herbs, flowers and even fruit. Learn more
By observing the elements in the garden; air, water, fire and earth, you can work out what you need to do to change the way that the energies flow if you find that your micro-climates are not working well for you. By changing the flow of the energies, you can change the micro-climate. The first thing to do is a zone and sector analysis map so that you can record your observations and gain a deeper understanding of the area that you are working with.
This is about assessing how energy and time are used in your system and how the sectors influence the your land in the various zones. Learn more
Not a lot happened in December, I was in the garden every day looking after the chickens of course, but it rained and was cold and I didn’t do a lot of work. The chickens get hot porridge every morning!…
This week I have been tidying mostly. There are many leaves and the chickens have made such a mess when they scrat about. The lawns also look untidy because it has been so wet and muddy and people have been…
It’s been a busy week in the garden this week getting ready for winter.
I’ve pulled up the last of the courgettes and then emptied a compost bin on to that section of the garden and replenished the soil with that compost. I dug it over and think I might get some more alpaca poo to add to it further. The chickens took great delight in this activity and were generally a nuisance while I was trying to work! Learn more