Monday, April 28, 2008

Buddy & The Chickens

So we have this puppy (say 5mths old) and a couple of chooks.....



Sometimes they don't get along....



Sometimes they do....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Corn Aftermath - any advice?

After 9 weeks we were able to harvest our corn from circle #1 - No Good!

They were small, many half formed and tasted bland and powdery ---> chicken food!







Garden after corn (we still have some beans and marigolds left) You can see the next crop in the circle behind.





You know the corn is ready when the 'fluffy bits' on top turn brown. (written for the layman by the layman)

I still don't know why this crop was so average. Our first crop in this circle (pre-blog) was perfect - the sweetest corn we've tasted.

The Theories:

1) Soil quality was lowered from the first crop. Although we did co-plant with beans for nitrogen and had had chickens on to fertilize before hand

2) Dodgy seeds. Unfortunately I didn't write down what we used the first time, so we can't be sure. This time we used 'Golden Bantem' from Organic Green Patch.


Most other veggies seem to be coming along nicely...

Carrot








Broccoli










Cherry Tomatoes











Potato











Roma Tomatoes











Soybeans











We have had some concerns though...
Our long beans - very tasty, unfortunately the leaves have started looking 'rusty' and the vine dying. I'm not sure if this is just them dying normally or from some deficiency or disease....


















Our tomatoes are yellowing.... Some are looking worse than others. They are all bearing green tomatoes, but the yellowing is worrying me. The soil is moist... is this normal?












These little critters smothered one of our bean vines!

















As you can see they weren't letting any beans grow and the ones that had already grown were swamped.











There were lots of little bugs hanging around these 'mites', flies, lady beetles, ants....







I pulled the vines out of the ground and fed them to the chooks.


If anyone has any advice......






I said I was going to talk about the pond and watering system next time....









But I think watching chooks and a puppy sort out their pecking order is much more pressing....