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Daily Archive: April 18, 2010

Jemima – Broody Call Duck

Jemima, our white Call Duck, is sitting on a nest of fertile eggs so I hope she has some luck this year. This is her second season and last year she only had one surviving duckling. Puddles, her mate is standing guard on top of their hutch and warding off all comers. We only have four call ducks now in the garden and things are much quieter and tidier. The second pair are Myley, Jemima’s baby and Rosie, one of the ducklings I hatched out last year in the incubator. They are living together and so far Rosie has six eggs in her nest. It broke our hearts to let the other calls and the runner ducks go but they are all now living in lovely places with loads of space and plenty of grass. We shall probably have to sell the ducklings if they hatch but it all helps to pay for food and bedding and the ducks will be much happier and content if they are allowed to rear a brood of their own. The ducks aren’t the only ones who are broody in the garden but as the chickens don’t have a cockerel with them there won’t be any chicks this year.

Progress

Rob’s first week off is over and we have been very lucky with the weather. Although the lack of rain has meant lots of  walking back and forth carrying full watering cans we have been able to get loads done on the plot and at home. Both the brassica tunnel and the new cage are fully planted now with sprouts, peas, onions, cabbage and cauliflower. The Asparagus is planted and the fruit tunnel has been tidied, a new path laid and the plants fed.

We have almost completed the digging of the beds and not many weeds are left now. Two loads of wood chip have been dropped and we have made good use of them to refresh paths.

 

The salad tent has been secured and is now fully seeded with spring onions and lettuce.

As the soil on the outside beds become finer we are getting some seeds in and to date have beetroot, onions, celery, a bit early I know, carrots, parsnips, raddish, spinach and chard. We have to prepare a bed for the sweetcorn which should go in next month and another for some overwintering brassicas. The bean trench has had another dig over and looks ready to receive the plants as soon as all threat of frost has passed. The carrot bin has been sown with a mixture of varieties and the courgette bin has had three courgette plants put in under a polythene cloche. All the potatoes are in both in the ground and in bags.

At home the tomatoes and cucumber are planted on into their second pots and a start has been made on the squash and pumpkin seeds which are at the second leaf stage. The melons are not doing too good again this year but I will persevere with them as we have made a hot bed for them at the plot.