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

Nasu Chillis Are Ripe

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Some of the Nasu Chilli are ready!

Ripe Nasu Chilli in Kent Greenhouse


Romital Chilli Update

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The Romital Chilli are ripe - time to start picking!Ripe Romital Chilli In Kent Greenhouse


Mother-In-Law Homegrown Vegetables

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My mother-in-law whom I have blogged about previously - Mother and Father-in-Law is a keen gardener and gets fantastic results with fruit and veg. She has kindly supplied us with some fresh homegrown produce;

Assorted vegetables grown by mother in law

I was particularly taken with the peppers;Homegrown peppers

 


Evening Sun

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It has been a beautiful afternoon here weather-wise. It was a shame that the sun had to set, but it left us with a warm sultry evening.

Evening sun in the garden


Egg Colouring Experiment

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I am probably going to get sectioned for posting this, but bear with me. It could be amusing.

To anybody who lives in an area plagued by Elder - by plagued, I mean that it spreads like wildfire - I feel sorry for you - but, more on that in a minute. The positive side of Elder is that the flowers make fantastic cordial - see my previous posts Elderflower - curse and cordial, and Pics of the last batch of elderflower cordial. And if you are inclined, the Elderberries make great wine too. And those are the positives done with.

The negatives are that the birds eat the berries, it turns their droppings purple, staining everything their droppings land on, and the result is that everywhere the droppings land is a potential growth area for new Elder. Because of this we have Elder popping up all over the garden, and if it grows for any period of time, it can be a real pig to dig out. Often it grows in areas that we are not aware of until the bush is several feet tall, has flowered, fruited, and the cycle continues.

Crazy me had a thought. I need to feed the chickens. We are surrounded by Elder overhanging from the neighbours gardens. I don't want the birds to eat the Elderberries to stop the cycle of staining and seeding. If the bird droppings are turning purple because of their eating the Elderberries, could we cut the Elderberries and feed them to the chickens, and colour the eggs? Win Win Win - I stop the birds eating the berries, I stop the seeding and I get food for the chickens. A fourth win is that I get to see if I can colour the chickens eggs through diet. See the pics below, the experiment began this morning. Hold your pointer over them for comments.Overhanging Elderberries

 

More Elderberries

 

Cutting the Elderberries For The Chickens

 

The Chickens Are Loving The Elderberries


Nasu and Romital Chilli Update Picture

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Blueberry Eating Bird In The Greenhouse

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I have fiercely protected my blueberries again this year as I have done in previous years to stop the birds getting at them. I put them in the greenhouse and have the roof vents open no more than 20mm. I also leave the door open to stop the plants cooking and hang a net covering the doorway and make sure it is tagged all around, so that there are no gaps that the birds can get through.

This has worked pretty well apart from one incident last year when a Thrush and Pigeon got in (see Picking Blueberries, Blackcurrants and Raspbe...) and started helping themselves to the Blueberries. I thought my Blueberries had got off scot free this year, until Sunday. I was preparing a bonfire in the evening and as I walked past the greenhouse, noticed that there was a small bird bouncing off the glass in the greenhouse. I duly went into the greenhouse to release it and took a picture on my camera phone before letting it go. It did a pretty good number on my Blueberries until I arrived - I am guessing that it gorged itself looking at how many were stripped from one bush in particular. Maybe it had eaten too much to escape through the gap that it managed to get in through. The picture of said bird follows, if anyone knows what species it is, I would be most interested.

The Blueberry Plundering Bird


Blueberries

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I took a nice picture earlier of some blueberries in the greenhouse.

Blueberries in Kent Greenhouse 12 August 2011


Cayenne Chilli Pepper Progress

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Romital Chilli Progress

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