Chris's Weblog – City Chickens

Japanese Ornamental Quince

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The Quince at the side of the house looks lovely at this time of year. It is a very old plant and just one survivor from a hedge that used to run up between the houses at the front. The original plants came from the ex Mother-in-laws house about thirty years ago.

Snow as Promised

Sowed two more cucumber Lemon, tomato Totem and tomato Dombito to replace seedlings lost. I shall need to buy more cucumber seeds as the Sunsweet and Burpless have keeled over and they were the last ones from last year. Next year I shall sow the cucumber seeds later in the year.

The weather has turned really cold again. There was a very strong, cold wind this morning and snow has been forcast for later today.

At home we have slabbed over the chicken run so no more mud to wade through next Winter. We have also moved the ducks in to a hutch on legs that they can get in and out of much better as the broody pen was turning out to be not so good for ducks as it has been for the chickens.

snow as promised

Duck Egg Blues

After getting quite a few soft shelled eggs from Jemima, our white call duck, we have now collected five good ones which should be fertile as Puddles has definitely been doing his duty. After a very unpromising start and a couple of broken eggs Jemima now seems ready and has been installed in the broody pen under the window here. Day one will probably be 6th March if the eggs are still viable. (update 9th March – Jemima is leaving the eggs for long periods of time – I only have experience with chickens so not sure about this – doesn’t look too promising to me)

Viola Freckles 2007

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Today I sowed eight seeds of Viola Freckles collected from a seed head which I had kept from last year. I also sowed Parsnip Gladiator seeds in cardboard tubes (16). These had already been sprouted on some wet kitchen towel. I had to bring the courgette and the aubergine pots in as it has been much too cold out in the greenhouse for them. I must remember next time to germinate them indoors or wait until later in the season to sow them.

 

June 2006 – Jemima

First baby duck hatched 6th JuneWe have been fortunate enough to get an allotment on Bob’s Coppice site in Quarry Bank. This was our first choice after visiting a few locally so we feel very lucky. We have been down to see it and can’t wait to get started. We are to take over from the present plot holder, Trevor, gradually as he still has produce growing. It should be completely ours by April 2007. We have been allowed to sow a few seeds where there is space and we have made a start with beetroot, lettuce, radish and spring onions. We have also transferred some potatoes and tomatoes that we had started at home. 6th June was the date that our two white call ducks hatched at home.