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Wow! It's been ages since I've been on Gardenstew.
It's been a hectic few months, with a lot of changes.
I haven't had time to get out into the garden for months either. In the meantime, the weeds have taken over completely. a lot of plants have self seeded, and gone wild. The Guinea fowl have grown, started laying eggs, but once you find them, they never come back to the nest. Silly sods!
I put them under two different bantams, in two different cages. Same result. Upset hens, not sitting. Cold eggs. Very cold eggs. Oh well.
I built a temporary fence from the gate to the chook pen (which is completely bare of weeds. Poor chooks are competing for every leaf.) over to the vege patch, and back. Now they get let out every morning, and have access to almost half the vege patch. They have to get locked back in at night, or the foxes get them. The silly things have heaps of large green leafy things available to the, but they don't seem too eager to get out there and do their jobs yet. This morning I got out there and started pulling weeds, then moving along and calling them. they love the newly weeded areas to scratch in. Hopefully they will keep it up for a while before going back in. the upside is, the eggs are HUGE now. Kind of which I'd thought to do this sooner, and then their pen wouldn't be quite so denuded.
Well, it's probably the end of a very mild winter here in Australia, and it smells of spring. The bees are loving all the trees in flower, so hopefully we'll get some honey soon. I haven't been back into the hive since my last disastrous foray in where I got so many stings. Ouch.
Hope to hear how everyone's Summers are going.
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Thanks so much Sjoerd. (tell me, how do you pronounce your name? I've wondered....)
You pronounce my name likr this: Shoe-erd....but fast as if it were one syllable...and a little rolling of the 'r'.
Hi debbie, I love the sound of your garden adventures and how good to hear the experiences of someone so close to me.YOur chooks sound like they are going great, i know, they get fussy sometimes, but yes, nothing like fresh greens for super rich yolks and strong shells. I don't have chickens yet, a few things to take care of first here but am very keen as I miss their feathery personalities ands uasefuleness int he garden. We do want to get them here, to fertilise and cultivate soils between crop rotations and with bug and pest control, and particularily in the part of an integrated approach in controlling fruit fly repdroductive cycle once our trees start producing. I want to get bantams too- in the rest of the yard I find large chooks just too destructive. Until I do get them, i will be keeping a close on your blog and living my chickens vicariously through you. Hope you find time to get out there now that spring has sprung!
Thanks Sjoerd, I'll remember that for the future. Language is so interesting. A couple of chooks in the allotment would be a great idea. In fact, when I get the photos out of the camera I'll have to post some of the large chook pen/fruit tree pen they have in at our community garden. They have bricks and rocks around the base of each tree to discourage them from digging the roots out, but then all the grubs and fallen fruit, and manure all the time.... what can I say. I envy them.
Hi Brombear. Lovelyt to hear from you. Perth's not such a long way from here, but we only seem to go there for flying one day visits for specialists, etc.
What a nice answer from you DebbieT. That sounds like an interesting character, "Old Ken"...and I become more intrigued by the day with the community gardens there.