January and the Allotment Garden
January 11, 2018
By Richard Chivers
When Christmas has passed and life resumes its normality, the biggest problem I find as a gardener is that January is a frustratingly long month.
Preserving Surplus Crops
September 19, 2017
Much of what we grow is best eaten fresh. I’m sure that many a pea doesn’t even make it as far as the kitchen and ripe sweetcorn cobs will have gone straight from the plant to the BBQ. The end of the growing season is the perfect time to invite friends for seasonal feasts of veggie soups and light stews. But much as fresh is best it’s also good to squirrel certain crops away, preserving them for enjoying over the winter months.
Feeding Mixed Corn to Chickens
July 22, 2017
Mixed corn is to chickens what chocolate is to many humans. Irresistible! My girls would be very happy if I stopped giving them layer’s pellets and instead allowed them to gorge on mixed corn from dawn to dusk. But, sadly like chocolate, corn should only be fed as a treat. Perhaps that’s what keeps it special!
Red Mite Control Advice
July 7, 2017
Much as we chicken keepers enjoy the summer months the warmer weather is not without its problems. Possibly the biggest and most irritating, to hens and their humans, is the invasion of the red mite.
June Vegetable Garden
June 12, 2017