Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cheers!!

This mornings walk around the garden found no bodies laying in or near the traps. It was a fun exercise, but now its time to be a mature and responsible gardener and look like I know what I am talking about.

I have beer, not just any beer......no sir!! This is good old (and I do mean old) home brew that my brother's wife gave me while he was at work this morning.




Really hoping these little brown beauties will give my little seedlings a feel of safety out the back. I know I am, as punnets aren't cheap when they are lasting only a few days.

One bottle was used to make 2 traps today and now to show you what was achieved this afternoon.




Two white seedling tags reminding me where I sowed my carrot seeds I save. Then some rainbow chard, always looks pretty in the garden. Then my yummy baby spinach, this I eat like lettuce in salads and sandwiches.

You can see the 2 beer traps.....gee I so hope they work. I don't want to resort to snail bait.






Bird netting to stop the birds eating what the slug miss.


While out today at my brother's place I collected my sister in-law's worm farm she didn't want anymore.


All set up next to my other 3 farms. I gave Sally a jar of my homemade apricot jam as a thank you for the farm.

I still have lettuce and brassica to plant out, this will be done tomorrow. My leg was saying...enough! I have learnt not to get upset if I don't get as much done as planed. A bit each day is better than none at all.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Slug Report On Happy Hour.

Happy hour in my garden. It has been interesting to see what is attracting those slimy little leaf eating enemies of our tender juicy plants.

Lets take a look.





Coming in first was the good old Vegemite....yes all good Aussie slugs love to tuck into a healthy feed of chilled Vegemite soup. I wonder if it'll be enough to make them fall in and drown?





Less performing was the lettuce in water. All that did was attract a single lonely earwig. I mean here is this little guy, all on his own on a Saturday night with a yummy feed of slimy lettuce and he's got no one to share it with. Bit sad don't you think?

This will be removed tomorrow. No free feeds in my garden.




This slug needs to go to "AA", he's not sharing the sweet sherry with anyone. Makes for a slug with a shot liver. I think this too is a no goer and to save this slug from a hangover each day.....I'll remove it tomorrow as well.




My good bread yeast is a hit as well. Must be a yeast thingy that attracts the slugs.

If there is no bodies tomorrow in either the Vegemite or yeast mixtures... I'll have to bring in the big guns.

No not the Bundy rum or the Jack mixed with coke drinks. I'll have to buy a bottle of beer. Maybe it takes the beer to make them drunk enough to loose their footing (okay so slugs don't have feet) and fall in and then drown.

This will be a learning curb for me in the booze shop. We never buy beer at all. Can I buy a single echo?? I'm not buying a six pack or a carton......no way!! eek

I'm catching up with my brother tomorrow, he drinks beer at times. I wonder if he has one he doesn't want or maybe he can steer me right on what is the cheapest to buy and can I get a single bottle.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Slugs & Snails.


Now you might be thinking the animals out the back are getting the silver service today. No such luck, just saves me spilling (do that often) or dropping (do that too) these dishes in the house.

This morning Pat & I did a trip to our local Bunnings for some lime (poultry runs) and more seedlings.

I bought more cabbages, rainbow chard and lettuce seedlings as the slugs had a feast on the last lot. Out of those 3 punnets last time, I have 2 lettuces left. When I have the time to watch the ducks, I let them out and they dabble and carry on in the garden. Really hoping they are feasting high on slugs while out. Wish I understood duck talk. confused Though going from their excited quacks, something good is happening.

This time I have a plan. Those little containers have yeast in water, Vegemite in water, lettuce soaked in hot water and some sherry in water.....never know what a slug or snail will like under the moonlight.

The dishes are planted around the garden and on Sunday when I plant out the seedlings, I hope to have removed a fair amount of the slugs. Also I'll know what to continue to use in these wet cold months.

I also bought some baby spinach this time round as I adore a baby spinach salad. In the lettuce punnet is about 4 mixed lettuce seedlings and 2 endive seedlings. Bonus!!!! Pat loves endive and instead of paying about $4 for a single plant, I saved money finding this lettuce/endive punnet.

To keep the birds from messing up the seedlings area I'll take the bird netting off the broccoli and caulies that are growing so strong. I'll pop a photo up then too, for you to see how well they are growing.

The green bowl was some breakfast for the bunnies. Cadbury is going to visit Buddy again over the weekend..... keep your fingers crossed.mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Gingernuts

Last week Pat & I went to our poultry supplier and bought 6 new point of lay hens. Due to the fox back a while and the odd drop off from old age, my girls were low in numbers.





The very next day I collected 2 eggs from the "Gingernuts" as I am calling them. The centre egg and the 2 on the right are from the new pullets.

Its so nice not to have to count and watch the eggs. I haven't bought eggs for 11 years now and I am not about to start now.





Couple of photos of the Gingernuts. They have settled in really well and have picked up on all the dos and don't s about staying in the now big run they have. This also makes it easier for the pullets to get away if the pecking order is a bit much for them.



These girls will be living a very relaxed and happy life in my backyard. Feels great and makes me happy when I am out watching the girls, knowing I have a happy spoilt bunch of chooks helping me with my garden and supplying me with beautiful tasting eggs.

Until next time....hoo roo.


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