Fennel & Chicken Worming

We have space in the patch – how dare we! The onions planted last year and harvested this spring left a gaping hole, so we’ve popped some fennel in. No idea how to cook it but there you go 🙂

As of now, we’ve never wormed the chickens, and just relied on the addition of cider vinegar to their water, and Verm-X added to their feed. I’ve decided to worm them properly, and have added 6g of Flubenvet to 2kg of their layers pellets. I’m amazed at how little Flubenvet is needed, it must be potent stuff, but apparently you can still eat the eggs. We need to feed them this mix for 7 days, and then repeat it every 6 months.

Fruit Crumble and Onion Thinnings

Suz’s parents, Colin and Jackie, came up for the day and, as usual, helped out massively. Colin topped the broad beans, getting rid of a few black fly in the process, much to the chagrin of the resident ladybirds. He also started to pull the old raspberry canes out, ready for next year, apart from the autumn raspberries of course, which haven’t fruited yet.

Down the patch it was a variety of jobs that were done – the last of the strawberries were grabbed, with the nets left off so the resident blackbird family can feast on the leftovers. The gooseberries were also picked – Hannimake Red and Yellow varieties, and the currants (red and white) were also picked. The bushes are of course bigger than last year, but still no enough were picked to do anything useful with on their own. But Suz had a notion that a summer fruit crumble might be in order. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was gorgeous – rhubarb, currants, strawberries and raspberries, so there was tart and sweet all in one. With a dollop of creme fraiche, simply devine.

One last job down the patch was to thin the Italian variety onions we sowed from seed. This barrow is just the thinnings which, after Colin has topped and tailed them with the help? of Smiler, will be used in an onion soup. The success of these seeds make me wonder if next year we should just grow onions from seed, as it’s non too difficult.

First Cucumber!

Nothing to get too excited about, but seeing as though it’s a first for us, I had to post it here to show that we do indeed own a cucumber. Huzzah!

Greenhouse Update, Spuds & Onion Harvest

Just a quick one to show what’s happening in the greenhouse – everything’s growing, which is the idea I guess. One small issue with the cucumbers, some of them are turning brown when still small, and some googling reckons it might be to do with lack of pollination. Apparently bees are needed to move the pollen from the shorter male flowers to the female flowers that have a small cucumber behind them, as the pollen is quite heavy. But, bees really do struggle to fly through greenhouse glass, so you need to pull a male flower off and rub it against the female flowers. It’s seemed to do the trick, but time will tell.

In the barrow are the second early Potatoes – tried and trusted Kestrels – one of my personal faves. The onions are those we over-wintered, but heaven knows what variety they are! Whatever they are, it’s great to have some onions to tide us over, as we’ve only just finished those that were stored over winter.