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Blueberry Still Has Fruit And A Flower

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Have a look at this pic, a fruit and flower on a blueberry bush in kent in September. I am not sure which type of blueberry it is - wish I had kept track of the names of the five varieties I grow.

Kent Blueberry In Flower And Fruit In September


Ducks vs Chickens

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The ducks and chickens are getting along a little better, both sides are becoming more aware of one another. Milly had an idea that was quite sweet - she donated the turtle sand pit that she was given years ago, dumped the sand out of it and filled it with water. The ducks absolutely loved it. They took to it like a duck to....erm, water. Pics to follow...


Picked Nasu and Romital

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I picked a couple of Nasu and Romital earlier.

Freshly picked nasu and romital chilli from kent greenhouse


Crazy Seasons, Crazy Blueberry

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As anyone living in South East England will testify, the weather has been completely crazy - swinging between really hot and humid weather through to cold shocks like those normally experienced in Britain in Spring or Autumn. Maybe this is the reason that a particular Blueberry has started to flower again?

Blueberry flowering in September in UK greenhouse


Ripening Scotch Bonnets

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The scotch bonnets are ripening nicely;

Scotch Bonnets Ripening in UK Greenhouse


Cayenne Chilli Are Starting To Ripen

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The Cayenne grown from seed is ripening well;

Cayenne Chilli Grown From Seed In Kent UK Greenhouse


Ripe Nasu Chillis

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The Nasu have ripened beautifully, and I am now in the process of freezing them and giving them to friends and family.

Ripened Nasu Chillis in UK Kent Greenhouse


Ripe Romital Chilli

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I am really proud of my Romital Chillis - I have cut several off and handed them out to friends and family. The very tips are weak, but as you work your way up, they become increasingly spicier.

Ripe Romital Chillis in Kent UK greenhouse


And Then We Got Some Ducks

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I need my head tested. We went to a local bird park today with the father-in-law and the kids, checked out the wildlife, and left. Shortly before we left, my Mother-In-Law mentioned that a local smallholding was having a poultry sale that was en route the journey home. It was advertised as being on Saturday and Sunday, and by the time we left the bird park, we were going to visit said smallholding despite that it was August bank holiday Monday.

We drove into the smallholding car park, and they were clearly open for business and doing a brisk trade. They had various types of chicken for sale; Leghorns, Silkies, and Japanese Bantam alongside about another dozen varieties. The khaki campbell ducks really caught me. I love duck eggs - chicken eggs are nice - two of them tasted great in the bacon and egg sandwich that I had for breakfast, but you cannot beat duck eggs. There was an enclosure with two ducks and a drake. I bought the two ducks.....

This may sound like an impulse purchase, hell it was, but on the other hand, it had been considered on a number of previous occasions months and years ago. Honestly. They (ducks) eat corn, layers pellets, and the same kitchen waste that our chooks eat. They don't need a pond, just plentiful drinking water (the same as the chickens). We already have four chickens, and previously had six before two expired over the last few years. It made perfect sense.

I handed over the money, and the nice lady at the smallholding boxed up the pair of ducks in a cardboard box for me, and I drove home with Milly cuddling the box on her lap in the back of the car. Once home, Milly poked some corn through the gaps in the cardboard box whilst I shooed the four chickens from the run and into the polytunnel, leaving the run and hen house clear. I then opened the box, and the ducks duly jumped out, they then made a whole load of honking noises, and then proceeded to carry out circuits of the hen house side by side looking like a military patrol. The chickens were complete wusses - they holed up in the polytunnel, all in one corner for over an hour. As the sun started to set, they gained some backbone and mounted an assault on the duck patrol, and stormed the run en masse. Within a few moments the chickens were all holed up and comfortable in the hen house and the overpowered ducks were both sat in the corner of the polytunnel. As night fell, Gemma and I had to heard the ducks out of the polytunnel and into the run,whilst blocking off the polytunnel exit for them. Eventually, they played ball, jumping into the hen house, and we then shut the exit door.

Lets hope that they all get on - everything that I have read says that they should. I will post pics as soon as everything settles down.


Cayenne Chilli Ripening

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