Friday, 17 August 2018

August Harvest and Ratatouille


August harvest. HenSafe smallholding.
A perfect day to harvest the summer veg and prepare some ratatouille. Although it’s always best fresh, I always freeze some for winter months and if it’s allowed to thaw naturally then the pieces remain intact enough. If they do decide to fall to bits, ratatouille soup is lovely too!
August Harvest. HenSafe smallholding.
Learnings:
  • Remember to leave space in the freezer for harvest time.
  • Use a bigger pan :D

Friday, 27 July 2018

Best Tomatoes to Grow


The heatwave has given differing results for tomatoes this year. The little Rosada F1 plum tomatoes in the greenhouse have done really well and are deliciously sweet. 
Rosada Tomatoes. HenSafe Smallholding.
The heritage Marmande in the polytunnel haven’t done so well and have suffered with greenback which happens when conditions are too hot and sunny leading to uneven ripening. The top starts by staying green and then just doesn’t ripen properly, in this case remaining yellow. The bottom of the tomato is still edible and this batch is going into some soup for winter. 
Marmande Heritage Tomatoes. HenSafe Smallholding.

Our unpredictable weather means that growing the heritage varieties in the polytunnel will be a bit hit and miss. Maybe next year I’ll try them in the greenhouse. 


Learnings:
  • Unpredictable weather = unpredictable crops.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Mint Moth


A perfect little mint moth landed on our kitchen window this morning. Enjoying the sunshine and warming its wings. Looking forward to some more summer sun. Fingers crossed...
HenSafe Smallholding. Mint Moth.

Learnings:
  • Herb gardens outside the kitchen window pay benefits.

Friday, 2 March 2018

The Beast From the East


HenSafe Smallholding. The Beast From the East.
Wow. This amount of snow in March is really unexpected. Feeding the chickens some extra corn to keep them laying nicely. Our HenSafe automatic door opener still functions perfectly :D Robust, Rugged, Reliable. #chooseHenSafe

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December Snow

HenSafe Automatic Chicken Coop Opener.
HenSafe Automatic Chicken Coop Opener. Robust, Rugged, Reliable.


Brrr....snow on the ground. If you need something reliable to open your chicken coop each morning, and to shut it at night, then HenSafe is your answer. This morning we woke up to freezing weather and lots of the white stuff but, as ever, we trusted our HenSafe to let our hens out - although, to be fair, they weren't that keen until we had cleared them a snow-free patch! 
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Learnings:
  • Choose HenSafe. Robust, Rugged, Reliable.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Polytunnel Repairs


Polytunnel Repair. The HenSafe Smallholding.
Autumn into winter. This morning was spent sorting out the polytunnel and mending holes before winter winds take hold and destroy the cover. The hole in this picture was actually made by a small rabbit which got stuck in the tunnel and ate his way out! It’s important to make sure the cover is clean and dry, inside and out, on the spot where you are sticking the repair tape, so try and pick a sunny day if possible to wash and dry each bit of damage. I like to stick tape on the outside first, then go inside and reinforce it.

Learnings:
  • Give your polytunnel its annual MOT before winter sets in.