Damn Dogs!

Hopefully little hen will be reincarnated as a pumpkin.

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Chook Update: Gradual Battery Hen Recovery via Free-range Life

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Chooky Thursday

Well I didn’t get out in the garden much today, but I could see the chooks were having a wonderful time. They made some nests, laid some eggs…

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Seeds, Poop and Hay on Wednesday

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Early September Garden Photos, 2008

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Chook Expedition

The girls finally ventured into the backyard this afternoon, with some encouragement.  I just called them and they followed me.

I’m so glad we got them. The eggs have been great too.

Ex-Battery Chook Hospital

I shall dub this one ‘Lavender’.

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First and Second Googs

3 yesterday, 1 so far today. I’ll check again later.

Update: 2 so far today.

New Season News

We should find out tomorrow if we’ll get the lease renewed, and for how long. The landlord said he’s 90% sure we’d be able to get it till this time next year at the least, but said he’d get back to me. Got to phone him tomorrow to see.

Regardless, Spring is nearly here and my vege garden is completely unproductive! It has been so cold.

We are also planning to get an order of sheep manure and straw bales next week. We can’t really afford it, but we need to get something to give the garden a boost.

We went on to the Eden Seeds website recently and bought 19 packets of seed. It’s so exciting! We got some awesome varieties – I can’t wait to start. We have a big  productive compost pile, so I think some shovels of that into some seed trays and pots should help things get started. This year I will use plastic freezer bags to make mini greenhouses, and I’ve put in an order with relatives for recycled plastic containers and bottles!

Here’s what we got from ES:
Qty Item Description Price
1 1 Vegetables – Bean, Climbing – Lazy Wife
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
2 1 Vegetables – Cabbage – Michihli
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
3 1 Vegetables – Cabbage – Wong Bok
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
4 1 Vegetables – Carrot – Cosmic Purple
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
5 1 Vegetables – Celery – Golden Self Blanching
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
6 1 Vegetables – Cucumber – Crystal Apple
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
7 1 Vegetables – Kale – Chou Moellier
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
8 1 Vegetables – Kale – Nero Di Toscana
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
9 1 Vegetables – Kohl Rabi – White Vienna
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
10 1 Vegetables – Lettuce – Salad Bowl Green
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
11 1 Vegetables – Lettuce – Salad Bowl Red
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
12 1 Vegetables – Pea – Progress
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
13 1 Vegetables – Pea – Sugarsnap – Climbing Type
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
14 1 Vegetables – Radish – Early Scarlet Globe
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
15 1 Vegetables – Salad Greens – Mizuna
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
16 1 Vegetables – Silverbeet – Fordhook Giant
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
17 1 Vegetables – Squash, Button – Early White Bush Scalloped
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
18 1 Vegetables – Zucchini – Black Zucchini
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00
19 1 Vegetables – Zucchini – Golden
Packets: 1@$3.00 $3.00

Sub-total: $57.00

Postage & handling:
(for Australia) $5.00

Total amount: $62.00

For 19 packets of quality seed that is actually pretty good, seeing that some of those are rare and heirloom varieties. We’ve bought from them before and had great crops, so we decided to just get what we wanted to. Some of these varieties we’ve tried before, but most are new to us.

We didn’t get any seed for tomatoes, capsicums, or chillis, because we already have some saved. We have also found that saved seed from supermarket varieties is actually pretty good in the first season. We’ve always had much higher yeilds from these plants than from store bought seed or seedlings.

How to Make Liquid Fertilizer with Chook Manure – Early August Gardening

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It’s only August and the garden is already blooming with colour and life. Although most of the seeds in the vegetable patch have taken a while to germinate in the wintry weather, they’re getting there, with a good sprinkling of blood and bone followed by a big dose of our homemade liquid fertilizer, last weekend, about to give them a big boost.

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