It’s ONLY been around 4 and a quarter months since we got the baby chicks. I figure they’re 130 days old or so.. Well, was out tending the coop this morning, which I do every morning, and there to the side of the waterer was an egg.. Hmmmmm.. I didn’t expect any eggs just yet! Seems the red sex-link really DO become active layers much sooner than anyone else does. Needless to say I’ll be building the nest box today.
Through the wonders of modern science we’d been able to travel forward into time so that we might check on the chickens and see how they progress. It’s a fantastic thing, stepping out of the time machine and being able to see what will be. Stunning I must say. So, lets move on… Here are my chickens in the year 2012. This is Dot, the Silver Laced Wyandotte which we picked up. Oddly enough she seems to have the ability to clone herself at will. As if you look to the b...
It is with great sadness (and shock) that I pass on the news of the passing of our dear friend daltxguy. I received the following message today, from his friend: I wanted to let you know that Steve Racz (aka daltxguy on this forum) has unfortunately passed away. I am a friend of his in Ottawa. I was unsure if anyone had contacted you yet. He was found dead in his bed by the Quebec provincial police, after his mother had been unable to contact him for some days. They suspect he died from...
March 23/14 I had some damage to my trees this winter – but not much! Phew! And so far – I didn’t spy any rabbit damage either. Read about the damage here >>>
Do you want color, texture and beauty, but you don’t want to be sowing seeds, digging up your gardens every spring and fall and weeding out unwanted plants in between? Perhaps you too might want to create a wild garden instead of a bed of winter sensitive annuals. By wild, I do not mean that I am trying to recreate the wilderness. Instead I mean to copy nature’s inspiration and plant or encourage attractive flowers, shrubs, trees and grasses in locations and patterns where they will thrive...
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This morning I decided that my Sea Buckthorn berries were ripe and ready to pick. I have been eagerly waiting for this day because this is the first year we have had enough of a harvest to do anything and it looks like a bumper crop! Initially, I had two wonderful helpers with me. They love to go blueberry, raspberry, currant and apple picking so they were quite excited by the idea. Unfortunately, they quickly became discouraged and I was soon the only one picking. Picking the berries is...
Following are further additions to my terrace garden. I am sure you will love them. Ipomoea nil, Blue Bell, Morning Glory Ipomoea nil , a species of morning glory is native to most of the tropical world and is cultivated as an attractive ornamental plant. It is a climbing annual herb with three-pointed leaves. The flowers are bell shaped and appear in different shades of color. The seeds of this plant, called kaladana in the vernacular because it is black have medicinal properties. B...
I read that raised garden beds are the way to go in Colorado, with our less than perfect soil. But what material to use was the question. Wood seemed the obvious choice, but expensive and high maintenance. That’s when Tom, my Fiance, suggested aluminum can walls. Building them out of aluminum cans and cement seemed like something I could do myself. This whole aluminum can wall, raised garden beds project, gave me a way to dispose of the mountain of beer and soda cans Tom, had accumulate...
Mid June to mid September is the rainy season and is the best time to add new plants. I have used this period to enrich my terrace garden with many new additions and will blog them in parts. OreganoOregano or wild marjoram is a hardy aromatic herb. The aroma is strong and resembles that of marjoram. The plant is used as a culinary herb and has medicinal properties. It is an essential ingredient of chilli sauce and is used in many Mexican dishes. Here in India it is used for making Bhajias ...
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