This little lot, fresh from
the veg plot, will be going into the oven at 190 degrees for about 45-60
minutes. I’ve just chopped it all roughly – courgettes, aubergines and peppers –
thrown in a few small tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt,
pepper and herbs. It will be served with some of our home grown sausages, a
chunk of bread and a large glass of red wine. If there is any left (we have
visitors too!) then I’ll keep it in the fridge to go with salads, or whizz it
up for soup. Yum yum.
many different things to do with excess veg, apart from give it away of course.
It all depends on how much you like your neighbours :D
I usually plant giant
sunflowers on the veg plot to accompany the runner beans and French beans, and
to add a colour splash. The added bonus is that the dead flower heads attract
sparrows and other small birds to feast on the seeds. Win-Win. Composting them is another matter. If you do this, you'll need to cut the stems up quite small so they rot at the same rate as the rest of your compost - and you will need a sturdy cutter and strong hands!
an exposed veg plot you may need to stake your giant sunflowers. If you tie
them to your runner bean poles and the wind catches them, you will be in danger
of losing the lot!
Last week we had some new girls
move in with our current flock. They’re settling in well but haven’t quite
worked out where to lay their eggs yet. Went out this morning to collect and
found this lovely little pile of beauties waiting for me!
They’re scratching around and getting used to their new
surroundings, but we still need to make sure they are in the coop at dusk before
shutting the door. They need a bit of extra help to find the pop hole and to deal with the pecking order.
The best time to introduce new hens is in the evening. When your flock has gone to roost, introduce the new girls into the coop while they are all drowsy. If you keep doing this each night, until the new ones know where the coop is, they will all merge together as one happy group.
If you have trouble with the pecking order, and the older birds won't let the new ones into the coop, try shutting the coop door and introducing the new girls through the nest box lid.
Young chickens will not naturally lay eggs in the coop - you'll need to search out the eggs in the undergrowth! They will learn eventually...
A stroll on a local beauty
spot yielded a whole host of bugs and butterflies to admire and capture on
camera. This Comma feeding on some comfrey was one of many. Absolutely beautiful, and look at that
gorgeous furry body...
time to be still on a country walk, and just observe. There’s so much out there to
discover if you’re quiet enough and patient enough to wait.