Birth Announcement

Well it seems that our broody hen actually did know what she was doing and we are very pleased to announce the birth of two new chicks somewhere between yesterday evening and this morning. Yay! We know nothing about raising baby chicks and had no idea we would actually get any this year so we’ve been a little taken by surprise. We’ve arranged to pick up a rabbit hutch from a friend which we will have to convert tomorrow to accommodate our new mummy and her babies (and the eggs she is still sitting on). We’ve got a little information on what to feed the babies (basically ground of feed). They will be on grass and we hope that mum will teach them to free range properly. We really need to start thinking a little about forage plants for the chooks. Tree Lucern (tagasaste) is the most highly recommended. I also want to look into a few more water food plants for the pond (for the ducks and geese).

This are so exciting in the garden at the moment. We just enjoyed a yummy lunch including our own fresh peas, beans and lettuces. Have you ever picked a pea pod off the vine, snapped it open and tasted those little green peas? Well I hadn’t until this morning and they tasted like sweet little lollies.

We also have some broccoli starting to head:

 

More of the fruit trees are in the process of feeding us too. Here is a persimmon.

The olives I mentioned last time:

Our single blue berry bush 

Look at the itty bitty kiwi fruits, they are born hairy!

 (oh and the photo from my other post that I said I wasn’t sure what those little pods where are actually more kiwi fruit, that’s the stage just before they become flowers).

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Observation of seeds planted on 1st March

Pea, Lettuce, Broccoli and Beetroot are already sprouting their first leaves. I can see that some of the corn are also germinating. The lettuce seeds that I harvested on Friday are also coming up already in their dozens. I was told I would have to wait for about a week before anything happened but it looks like my seeds are all early risers.

Seedlings seem to be all perky in the planter box. From what I can see of the garden I planted at Joel and Judy’s, they seem to be perky. I need to inspect the carrots and see if they are coming up at all yet, apparently they like poor soil so I’m hoping they will do well.

Planted 2 large “seed” potatoes into the old compost bin with Buffie’s 3 or 4 that already have long stalks. We need to add more dirt but we might wait until the two new ones poke up some stems. Also planted a sweet potato (Kumara) about fist deep into the common garden beside her house.

Made another batch of the roasted cherry tomatoes, the ones in the bottom tray got too hot and burnt so I ended up with only half the batch and then I forgot to add the garlic chives!