|Three very fresh eggs. I love how the chooks do a full-volume cackle once|
they have finished laying an egg.
Well.... today we have been mussing around with several bits and bobs.
We made two new self-watering vegetable boxes and planted eggplant in one and capsicum in the other. We had a little trouble with the drain hole position, but two drain holes will just keep everyone guessing - ha! I must admit to being ever so delighted at how well the vegetables are growing in these self watering boxes compared to planting directly in the ground. It is great to know that every drop of water they get and every drop of liquid fertiliser I apply actually reaches its intended target and does not drain away elsewhere. I have not yet had to use any chemicals or sprays of any kind....warmer months no doubt will be different story.
|Three transplanted capsicums|
|First little buds on the emperor beans|
|Two aubergine seedling transplanted - looking a bit sulky.|
The hens (chooks) are becoming tamer and tamer and will now crowd around our daughters looking for treats. It makes for interesting times trying to have a quiet cuppa outside. One of the hens (Cluck Norris I think) loves to peck at the freckles on folks' ankles convinced that they are delicious morsels.
|Blackie getting a cuddle|
We gave away our first carton of eggs this week (so many eggsies!). It is a great feeling to share fresh organic produce and know that it is appreciated. I made a couple of new laying boxes out of plastic buckets. I simply cut a door into the lid of each white bucket, snapped the lids back on, half filled the buckets with sugar cane mulch, set them up in the chook house with a brick or two to stabilise them. The chooks started laying in them almost immediately....a great success. No more line ups for the other nest now.
|Laying boxes made form buckets|
|Bucket nest in full use.|
DD#4 stuck her hand in looking for eggs yesterday however
the nest was 'occupied' and thus she was swiftly pecked!
I am typing this outside in the shade and can see through the kitchen window that the pantry is being completely emptied out onto the kitchen bench and dining table. Soon there will be vinegar and citrus cleaner being used on the shelves and everything will be organised and put back in....a place for everything and everything in its place. The urge to nest must be in the air....spring is on the way.
|Pantry contents all stacked up - let the cleaning and tidying begin.|
|This lot will be neat and tidy|
in no time flat.
The cauliflowers are quickly growing and it will not be long before we start harvesting. The leeks have been planted a little too close, so it is time to thin them out - we can use the thinnings in stir fry. The leaves of the beetroot have been wonderful in salads and I suspect we have sown these a little too close also....so mini baked beetroots from the thinnings will be 'delish' too. I spy the first little red flowers on the red emperor beans this morning and the pumpkins seedlings are nearly ready to transplant. Several packets of seeds are tapping their feet impatiently in the garden shed....so I best wander off and get them sown at some stage - or not.
|I used my lovely compost as|
potting mix today - it looks
fabulous....so we will see.
Enjoy your weekend folks.
Take care and stay nice now!