Monthly Archives: December 2008

Christmas Carrots

This is a little later and not as long as I had planned (the camera’s batteries kept going flat, and of course I hadn’t even thought about needing such a thing at Christmas) so there are a few stops and starts but I think you can get the idea of it any way.

The carrots weren’t as big, or as purple, as I was hoping for but they still tasted very nice!

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In season this week #18

VEGETABLES

beetroot | brussels sprouts | cauliflower | celeriac | celery | chicory | jerusalem artichoke | kale | leeks | parsnips | potatoes (maincrop) | swede | turnips

FRUIT & NUTS

apples | clementines | lemons | oranges | passion fruit | pears | pineapple | pomegranate | satsumas | tangerines | walnuts

MEAT

duck | guinea fowl | hare | partridge | venison

Wood collecting

I went fire wood collecting today, it was so cold my fingers turned white and I couldn’t feel a thing, until my fingers started to warm up over the Rayburn and then I could feel them. Ouch!

I still enjoyed myself though, scrambling up and down banks trying to find the next bigger and better piece for burning.

The week between Christmas and New Year always feels a little odd and empty to me, almost lonely for some reason. Jobs like fire wood collecting help fill up the time and make it seem less of a waste.

Hatching has happened… thank God

The first quail chick has hatched, about 3 minutes ago.

I’ve been very worried about the hatching, nothing seems to have been happening at all. Normally a coulpe of days before you see the first signs of hatching (or pipping) you hear the chicks calling, then a few eggs get craks in and then you get chicks,but this time there has been nothing.

Not even a little peep, or cheep, until just now. While I was sat here, tranferring video of the Christmas carrots, there was a ‘creep,’ then a lot more. Both me and Rhys made ‘shhing’ signs at each other and there was a chick just busting through its shell.  

Lovely!

Winter Solstice

Today was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. From now on days will be getting longer and everything with start to wake up.

As a sort of celebration I have spent this evening making paper pots and sowing peas, carrots (to be grown in buckets until the warmer weather when they can go outside) and a few leeks. I’ve been reading a little bit about how leeks can be started off now in polystyrene boxes  so thought I would try it.

The carrots and leeks were also to do my second bit of moon planting, so far I’ve only managed root crops on the right day, last weekend I planted some onion sets and garlic.

Rhys has spent this evening making chocolates for Christmas presents, and when I first got home from work we tried to ‘candle’ the quail eggs. It didn’t work but I’m hopefully, the weight has changed in them from how it feels when they are first laid. It will be time to stop turning them in the next day or two ready for hatching.

In season this week #17

VEGETABLES

beetroot | brussels sprouts | cauliflower | celeriac | celery | chicory | jerusalem artichoke | kale | leeks | parsnips | potatoes (maincrop) | swede | turnips

FRUIT & NUTS

apples | clementines | passion fruit | pears | pineapple | pomegranate | satsumas | tangerines | walnuts

MEAT

duck | goose | grouse | guinea fowl | hare | partridge | pheasant | rabbit | venison | wood pigeon

Full moon and rising waters

I don’t think anyone could have missed the news that the moon was visible at it’s biggest for 15 years on Friday night, I really wanted to go and take some photo’s of it as well but it has gone from being very cold and clear to being cold, cloudy and raining from Friday evening. It rained ALL night on Friday, so there was not chance of getting any photos of it.

However I could see the effects that it had had on Saturday morning, there was water every where, even the little stream at the bottom of our road was threatening to bust its banks. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about moon planting recently and one of the explanations I’ve heard as to whyit works is that planting when the moon has pulled the water up from the soil means tat seeds germinate faster, I think there is a lot more to it though.

I’d arranged to go out on Saturday, and so just happened to drive right through the area (I very rearly do this) and it was like it everywhere, even water courses that I would hardly call streams were running fast with white foam appearing anywhere that the water met a stone or a tree that normally stands happily on it’s woodland floor.

Planting sticks

At the weekend I planted out our new raspberry canes:

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There is a mixture of 12 early, middle and autumn fruiting canes, and one yellow fruiting. The autumn ones will fruit next year and all the other the year after, now right now they just look like some sticks pushed into the ground.

In season this week #16

VEGETABLES

beetroot | brussels sprouts | cauliflower | celeriac | celery | chicory | jerusalem artichoke | kale | leeks | parsnips | potatoes (maincrop) | pumpkin | swede | turnips

FRUIT & NUTS

apples | chestnuts | clementines | cranberries | passion fruit | pears | pineapple | pomegranate | satsumas | tangerines | walnuts

MEAT

duck | goose | grouse | guinea fowl | hare | partridge | pheasant | rabbit | venison | wood pigeon

Quail Egg Setting

Eggs all now safely in the incubator!