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Homemade Chicken Run

I had written this post on my chicken house and run in April ’09 some time ago which gives better details.

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Potatoes

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I grew these potatoes some months ago from seed. I think it was about €2.50 for a half litre pot of seed. I simply popped them twice their depth below the surface.

Mine came into flower and passed that point some time ago, but I had potatoes that I had got locally and so I didn’t bother lifting these at all. Until now. I was quite pleased with the crop. I didn’t mound the soil to get more or any of that molarchy. I just planted and left them.

I did run into one problem that was the common potato scab. It’s a scabby patch that appears on the outer skin which disfigures the spud. It’s not a major problem for me or the potato, although if you saw it in a supermarket potato I’d be very surprised. It’s caused by the mycelium producing Streptomyces scabies [the 2nd part of that name alone makes me shiver]. This comes as a result of light soils with a high lime content and also from low moisture levels  usually from a hot summer, which we had spells of this season. I’ll just peel them to be honest and next year I’ll plant a resistant variety.

After that, not much else I can add. It is very much a case of just pop the seed twice its own depth below the surface of the soil and keep well watered.

Of course if you have any questions, simply leave a comment below.

Home Grown Beets

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I grew these beetroots from seed about two months ago and as you can gather from the empty pot I simply cropped them as they were required. They are probably one of the easiest things ever to grow and develop fairly quickly.

I chose to sow them in plug cells first and then pot them on. The ones I grew are the Boltardy variety. That said, I’m not intended on being a commercial beetroot farmer any time soon – my advice, if you can’t find this variety, simply pick up a packet of whatever is available and work away. The boltardy ones however tend not to wish to bolt [the production of flower and therefore seed too soon] as fast and also have a really good flavour.

I never paid much attention to the sowing calender guides on the back of the packets. I also applied the one for the slug one for me rule here. After that, I chose as you see to do mine in pots, mainly so I could put them by the back door of the kitchen.

Not much else to to it…. and of course any questions, just pop a comment in below.

Hens: Diana Missing

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For those that don’t know. I have had 4 hens called The Supremes. Diana obviously [pictured above], Jean, Cindy and Mary.

I was intending to put a post out about Diana. She’d been brooding for some while on an estimated 20 eggs and would not get off them. 3-5 days later I had to make a decision. The problem is the eggs kind of slow cook and one simply can’t eat them. The other problem is she hadn’t been eating.

These is the footage [streamed lived] just after my first attempt to move her. As you will see I was unsuccessful.

I eventually did move her but, I knew she wasn’t happy. When later I let Diana and The Supremes out for a walk, she just stayed on her own. These scenes show the last recorded sighting of Diana…

Yesterday evening I notified Ballyboughal’s twitter account. But with only 5 people in Ballyboughal on twitter, it was always going to be a tough ask.

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Add to that the fact that Ballyboughal.net, the only blog in the village, was down.

There are reports of one or two young ladies a little upset over the matter. The local ladies [Moms] did go out for a walk as soon as the news broke and searched literally high and low. As of today Diana still has not been found.

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I remember when I discovered our ‘sponsor’ actually was not ‘going to be involved’.

My head went in my hands. A new low had arrived. Then it was decision time. Could I actually build a garden. With no money. One of my first calls – I rang Dave. He bought the paint. He arrived every day. He painted the boat. For free.

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Dave also painted my very first garden. Over 9 years ago now. I didn’t own a digital camera then 😉

And he painted my home, my wee office and amongst many gardens since, he also painted this gazebo for me.

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