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Blogging about growing fruit, vegetables and herbs and keeping chickens and ducks.

A Beautiful Kent Country Autumnal Sunrise

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Sorry, snapped with my camera phone - as most of my pics are now:

Kent Autumn Sunrise 2011


Ducks Out And About

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The ducks have been very shy since we got them - seeĀ And Then We Got Some Ducks. Every morning when I fed them, as soon as they saw me coming to the gate, they would run and hide behind the hen house. Over the last couple of weeks, they have got slightly tamer. Most weekends we let the chickens, and now the ducks out to roam around the garden for a couple of hours.

Up until this weekend, the ducks have not strayed out from under the bushes by the entrance to their enclosure, but today was different. I went indoors for a while, and when I came out they started to evaporate, fortunately slowly enough for me to get a picture.

Chickens and Ducks Playing Together Nicely In The Garden

As you can see, they (chickens and ducks) seem to get along great.


Since my previous shocked post about the sudden appearance of a Kiwano Horned Melon seedling after more than a couple of months of nothing, another 3 have popped their heads up. Further to my last post regarding these - Kiwano Horned Melon Seeds Finally Got Going....., my assertion that they are slow starters appears correct. I should have done more reading about these!

Kiwano Horned Melon seedlings in UK greenhouse


Something Is Eating My Chillis

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Have a look at the following pictures, something has found the Scotch Bonnet Chilli very tasty. The holes are small, it is obviously some kind of bug. Whatever it is, I hope it had an upset stomach! 

Eaten scotch bonnet chillis

It looks like whatever it is may have had a go at one of my Romital's;

Partially eaten Romital Chilli


Picking More Chillis

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I picked this bunch of chillis to give to people at work, there are Romital, Nasu and Scotch Bonnets.

Romital Chilli Scotch Bonnet Chilli and Nasu Chilli


Beautiful Sunrise

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An off-topic post, I saw a beautiful sunrise this morning and snapped it with my camera phone:

Sunrise over Monkton in Kent


Chilli Picking

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I went picking this morning and collected some Nasu, Romital and a single Cayenne, cleaned them, put them in freezer bags and then froze them.

Picked Nasu Romital and Cayenne chillis ready for freezing


The yellow raspberry is still producing loads of fruit, although it tastes really ropey. The flavour could be described as old dishwater with a hint of raspberry. The chickens and ducks don't seem to object to eating them though!

Yellow raspberry fruiting in September

Yellow raspberry fruiting in September


This surprised the hell out of me..... I planted several seeds back in June and it appeared that nothing was going to happen -see  Attempting to Grow Kiwano Horned Melon Seeds and Planting The Dried Horned Melon Seeds (and ly... and I gave up at Kiwano Horned Melon and Lychee Update

I went to water the chillis this morning and was met with the sight in the pictures below. It must have taken a couple of months for the seed to germinate.

Kiwano Horned Melon Seedling

Kiwano Horned Melon Seedling


Ripening Scotch Bonnets

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Have a look at the pic of ripening scotch bonnets below;

Scotch Bonnet Chillis Ripening in September in Kent, UK


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