Friday, 19 December 2008

Digging, raking and planting the garlic

The time bomb was ticking, just like last year. All the books say "garlic does best sown before Christmas", so I wrapped up warm, took the children out into the garden too, and got digging and raking and sowing. Actually, to be fair, Katie did most of it. Anyway, three huge bulbs split and sown. Can't wait for the rewards later in the year.

Also took the opportunity to give the two tomato plants a good trim. I can't believe we're still getting tomatoes from it as the conservatory can get pretty cold these days! It's looking much better now I've trimmed it into an small arch.


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

2 rows of autumn/winter onions ...


So I can now start my new sheet of what's happening in the garden!

holly branch

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Solid ground


Woke up to snow this morning. Naturally the garden looked very pretty before all the footprints from humans and cats changed the scenery! The ground was so frozen, even by early evening, that the leek I was pulling to accompany our evening roast broke in two! They usually pull out really easily!

Finally got round to buying the autumn sowing onions and garlic - just need to get them in the ground now. The waiting paid off as the garden centre had half price on all seeds and bulbs - bargain at £1.98 the lot!
Little snowman

Friday, 7 November 2008

Feathers are flying

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the chickens begin to moult. I always thought animals (and birds?) moult in the summer and then grow more fur or feathers in the winter for the colder months. It seems not. Apparently they shed their summer feathers ready to grow a thicker coat of feathers for winter.

Gina started shedding first, leaving a trail of rust brown feathers in the garden and then Georgie started to follow leaving most of hers inside the coop, in the area where she sleeps (usually on top of Gina!). There's feathers everywhere (they are really pretty in colour and pattern) and she looks practically bald on her chest. They look very unkept and scraggy, but I do believe the shedding is slowing down now, so hopefully they'll begin to look a little healthier.

I was a little worried about it all to begin with, this, plus the fact that they've both completely halted in their egg production. Having to buy eggs again is a bit of a shock, I can't believe how they've gone up in price in the supermarkets (I can't always rely on our local egg producer, obviously she's having hen problems too). However, I see from "Down the Lane" (one of my favourite websites/forum/blog all about frugal living), tells me this is all natural, so I worry no more.


Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Trimming the trees

I don't like doing this really, as I love trees, bigger the better. There comes a time, however, when they'll suffer if they don't get a hair cut. P and I spent most of the day keeping warm cutting the tops off our two hazelnut trees. An amazing amount of branches now litter the garden - great fun for the the children to play on and for the cats to play under! Katie rescued some twigs to do a spot of whittling. The garden seems so much lighter now and I'm sure the neighbours will appreciate the extra light pouring through their windows.


Saturday, 18 October 2008

2008 veggie plot