Friday, April 30, 2010
I had tried 3 different kinds of nesting boxes without success prior to laying. 1 was a very small plastic sled cut in half. This was too slippery. Next were plastic containers from the 100yen shop, too light, got knocked over too easily. Then plastic boxes, also too light. Finally decided something much stronger, and found 2 old desk drawers at work, about 20cmX30cm. Cut out a doorway, lined with newspaper. Straw or old clothes is better. I hope the egg a day thing keeps going.
The garden now has an excess of greens for all the ducks, they still get some commercial chicken feed but would like to eliminate this, what's the point if using all commercial feed?
Dandelion wine in progress
Near my son's bus stop for school is a nice grassy area away from the road and sloping down towards the river. The other day it was loaded with dandelion flowers. I've been reading about the Italian dandelion as a good salad green, but suppose any dandelion leaf will do. Also thought of dandelion wine for some reason. Seemed a shame to let all those flowers go to seed.
Gathered a few liters of dandelion flowers to try making some wine, went back with the kids just before dark to get some more. The field was empty, I was gobsmacked. Someone beat me too it I thought, all those beautiful flowers, all that wine, gone! My wife said, you silly duck, they must have closed up for the night. Impossible I said, I was there, empty I tell you. A quick google proved her right, I'll be back tomorrow, hehe.
storebought tomato seedlings planted into a green manure of clover. The clover is so thick, the roots penetrate about 10 cm down, it cuts like peat or turf.
inside a mini greenhouse covered with clear tarp
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I've been checking my fuzzy weather log and it shows that for this year, we've had , according to rough calculations : 25% of days that were sunny or mostly/partly sunny. 30% of days were good enough to make power from wind. 20% were cloudy, and 35% had either rain or snow. Some percentile are missing there, but you get the idea.
The log bed also has 10 potato plants or more, along with radish, clover. Also covering this with a tarp on consecutive rainy days. Tomatoes, clover etc
Store bought seedlings of red leaf lettuce have been providing salads every 2 -3 days for the family, more lettuce from seed going ok behind.
The first-planted potatoes (3/1)in tires are really coming on strong, surrounded by boxes of lettuce. This whole setup gets covered with a leftover, clear polycarbonate sheet in prolonged rain of more than one day.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Not wanting to buy new plastic domes or do transplants from seed, I've removed the domes from the established plants and put them on newly planted seeds of warm weather veg- cukes, toms, zucchini and beans.
Using PET bottles, cut in half with some ventilation holes drilled on the sides.
beans - (need to plant more every week or 2)
the tomato bed
It's a little early in the season for these plants but the combination of dark colored raised beds and protective covers should keep things warm enough.
potato - probably doesn't need a cover but want to speed things up and experiment.
I cleaned out the entire recylcling bin. Now I want to try making seedling starters using PET bottles.