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Monthly Archive: June 2008

I Spotted a Roaming Zebra

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No. The circus hasn’t come to town. For a week I have been trying off and on to find the site of the weblog of the young couple who were the last to take on a plot at Bob’s Coppice. Then I had a flash of inspiration, if they had seen our weblog then their url would be in the statistics for our site, and there they were with just a forward slash and a wp at the end to confuse the search engines. Their address in now in my blogroll and they are well worth a read. Though it is a new site they are obviously not so new at growing as they have a thriving garden at home. They have very kindly given us a Chillie Pepper plant and after reading through their site I am wondering if it is a Pinocchios Nose as I see that they had some of those. I have it at home on the window sill so it will be interesting to see what develops.

Surprise Surprise

Although the breeding season should only go from February to May Jemima is once again nest building and has two eggs in there already. I hope for their sake that they have at least one success this time.

We ate our first new potatoes last Sunday. It was the white pot, the first I planted up with three Charlotte seed potatoes on October 28th last year and started them off in the lean to. They were lovely. We also had broad beans from the plot and loads of strawberries too. The onions that we bought from Focus in October last year have all come on very well and we brought a couple home last weekend. I am not sure whether we should harvest them all now or not I shall have to do a bit of research. They went in the 9th October last year and from what I have read should be harvested in 22 weeks so now seems about right. On Monday night we cut the first Cucumber from the Carmen plant. We are hoping for more but who knows.

sean and deb greenhouseSean and Deb have bought a greenhouse for their garden and have done a good job of building a secure base for it. Well done both of you.

 

Strawberry Time

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Here comes the sun and here come the strawberries. We had quite a poor crop last year but this year we have an abundance of fruit so if we can beat the slugs in the race to harvest we should have enough to eat, preserve and give away. yummy….

A disappointing time for Puddles and Jemima as not one of their clutch survived but we are just grateful that Puddles survived his illness and has proved his fertility to us as there were three fully formed ducklings in the eggs. Unfortunately none of them made it out which was heartbreaking for all of us. The chicks and growers are doing fine and are now all outside in their respective pens. Sadly we lost two of our big rescue girls within the space of five days so only one lonely girl now in the eglu. Tonight we plan to go down to the plots to plant more beans both runner and dwarf french and to water the plants that are under cover.