Hope you are having a good Easter break. I have just realised that it is a week since I last posted. What happened to me using this blog as a diary?!
Before I launch into the random stuff that litters (nay overwhelms) my posts I must say Hello to Sue Smith, Janet Fawcett and Paid in Chickens on Bloglovin. Really good to see you here.
I have spent some time last week getting the orchard run ready to take all the chickens for the summer. I have put in some more roosting poles around the place and D. has added some more nesting boxes to the large hen house. Apart from half a dozen broodies in the goat house, all the hens are now esconced in the said orchard and I have started to get the gardens ready for planting.
Here is the view over the Orchard fence into the orchard. The strong netting above the fence is tensioned on thick wire and brings the height of the fence to 7 foot. This makes it pretty much fox-proof. You may recognise the fencing. Yup Pallets!
Here are a few of the hens enjoying a spot of sun-bathing in the orchard next to one of the supplementary chicken houses. This has a small run attached and can be moved around the orchard or outside into the field. Guess what it is made from ? Too easy eh? The ubiquitous Pallets!
When I say ALL Chickens, I mean apart from Barmy Bonce, who keeps getting out and we can't work out how. She is desperate to get into the garden next door, where Stan (aged 95) puts all the peas (he doesn't like peas) from his Meals on Wheels. it would seem he gets peas with his dinner every day!
Here is Barmy Bonce. I have no idea which chickens sired this weirdo. She clearly has some White Star in her.
In the paddock garden I have dug two deep trenches which I have filled with some part rotted compost. After raking a few inches of soil over this I placed the main crop potatoes on this soil and then raked enough soil over to cover these well. We are taking a risk with the potatoes this year. we always buy new seed, but after finding a small bag of last year's in store, we are going to risk them as this year's seed. They are Sarpo Mira, which are a fairly new variety that are blight resistant. I also have a few Pink Fir Apple potatoes which I shall grow in pots this year.
Also in the paddock garden I have planted a few drain pipes of early pea plants (Kelveden) and some broad beans plants (Aquadulce) Planting has started Hurrah!!
Just in case you haven't heard enough about Pallets .....D. has been busy with his Pallet stash. Here are his latest constructions.
Firstly, here is a new Hive Stand, he did need to buy four new nuts and bolts for the stand at the cost of 40 pence for four. I believe he now has made one new hive and nearly completed another, which he hopes to sell ( compete with bees)
I think that is quite enough for tonight. I have quite a lot of other stuff to share with you, some of it not too good, buy I really need to settle down now. I am going to have a look at "Jamaica Inn " on BBC1
Good Night all