|The chooks - ever excited about new scraps to eat.|
No particular theme today as I am just going to have a gossip with you about some things happening here at home.
I have a day off today and have clicked the front gate shut and do not intend to emerge from my lovely home for the next three days until my 4.15 am alarm goes off on Monday morning. Three delicious days - may they go slowly and calmly.
|The cauliflower seedlings - literally hen-pecked.|
Well, the the chooks have been VERY wicked and have badly pecked my new cauliflower plants. So it's back to the chook pen for them from now on. I do love the chooks as they provide much amusement with their antics, eat all the srcaps with gusto and provide excellent 'stuff' for the compost heap. We look forward to them getting a few weeks older and enjoying a steady stream of eggs. Six eggs a day will be quite a cooking commitment me thinks. The poor cauliflowers plants will probably pull through - I hope.
|Six Isa Brown pullets and Blackie the old dame of the flock|
Started the day with cooking a hot breakfast for all here at home and then bundling them out the door. A couple of loads of washing have already been done and on the line. Of course DIY washing liquid is still reigning supreme around here as is sun dried clothes 90% of the time.
|Two tubs of delicious creamy plain yoghurt for under $1|
I put another batch of yoghurt on last night to set and it is ready to go this morning. I did it across two jars as some of the family like me to add fruit to the yoghurt. I prefer it plain and I also need to keep 1/2 cup of the yoghurt to add to the next batch. It is so satisfying being able to make your own creamy, tasty yoghurt for under $1 per litre - sure beats paying $5 for 850 grams of the same product at the supermarket.
|Some of the veggie self-watering boxes. Totally flourishing.|
Cauliflower, beetroots and leeks.
We have been adding one self-watering box of veggies to our garden every weekend. I took the general idea off the Spurtopia website and changed some elements around. Unlike many wicking boxes this method has huge amounts of water reservoir at the bottom - we only top up the boxes once a week and they are far from empty. The boxes are free from the local grocer and the wicking tubes are just plastic pots....add your potting mix and transplant your veggies then do the first watering entirely from the top via a watering can and you are done! Subsequent waterings only need to be done via the filling tube just like you would filling up the car. Because there is no water on the actual plants this reduces the risk of mould and moisture-loving pests.
|Kanga always made Roo have his morning spoonful|
of Extract of Malt.
Have a super Friday folks
Take care and stay nice