Category Archive: allotment
Some how we’ve gained a chicken, three go into the tiny coop that Penny gave us one year, and our large coop that the other five should go into, but with counting we suddenly are a chicken up! Not that we’re complaining about anything but we some how gained the extra chicken and don’t even know where or how or anything…
I tell you anything can happen on allotments, from meeting some great friends, stealing of our tiller and tubs, and foxes. But again another year and we continue to plant, feed the chickens, and meet up with friends and hope nothing gets stolen.
As you’ve seen and heard I keep my carrots growing in bathtubs, fiberglass ones with holes and minging bottoms. Well some brain decided to steal all FOUR of the tubs I’ve been given! I swear it pisses me off to keep having things stolen from the allotment, I can’t have anything nice there because they steal things so quickly! Last year I had an early and late crop of carrots, but they sole and entire tub of my late carrots over 50 of them!! And a lot were going to my landlord’s children’s cavies,nothing big just helping them as they help us. But to steal an entire lot of carrots??? So plans are limited to what we keep there and now I have to ask my mate again for some tubs for the carrots in hopes that I can get them growing again because we love the carrots and there’s so many to pick from!
Last year they stole our tiller, we had saved up for a cheap one but still the same they stole it! I swear I hate being there at times but know all the hard work we’ve put into it that I wouldn’t move for the life of me! We suffered through glass, brambles, theft, and foxes! But it’s our allotment and something we’ve put hard work into and something we’ll continue to do because we love it so! Even in the dirt to plant things I enjoy things there and can’t wait for the summer to be crawling again. I don’t get far and I may not do much but I love the allotment and we’ll keep going and keep battling to have our things.
Well as you know Simon lets the princesses out in the morning and away at night, well in his counting he found out her was missing one.. He went in to the big coop and found a black speckled had passed away, Greta or Gretchen as I didn’t see her
We miss her even though we hadn’t had her for long, her sisters will miss her as well.
Wish us luck with the weather and the chickens.
While we were away at Simon’s Mum’s over xmas a very hungry fox broken into the run then the coop and took SEVEN of our girls. When we got home and Simon went to put them away, he found @rosiecosy and new white girl still alive and very hungry and thirsty. So out of our NINE we’re down to TWO. The bloke that it happened to who was watching our girls has offered us replacements from his girls, which he did so without us asking or prompting him to do so.
Our heart are broken for our girls, Thunder and Lightning our first two, then Charlotte, Purdy, and Freida. Then out of our new three, two passed away with their sisters. They were our princesses and we were attached to them, no matter what you may think you do get attached to them seeing them everyday, petting them, having them trained so when I got to their run they’d all run to Mum and get greens! Having Simon wrangle them when it was bed time during the summer, spoiling them with mash mixture in their food, and just having a good time with them.
So we will get more girls and we will get attached to them as well, and the cycle of life will continue. And yes, the spot where the fox got in has been securely fixed and closed off, and Simon checked the entire coop and run again to make sure that that bastard of a fox can’t get our precious girls again.
Even with this happening, we are still against BLOODSPORTS, having a fox mutilated by dogs is inhumane and think about it would you want to be torn apart limb from limb while alive????
Well now things have changed with the girls BIG time! We have added @roseycosie after the major loss of Cluck-Cluck. Rosie gladly let us use her name for our then newest girl who we still need a photo of I know!
Now we have three more girls! We have two brothers that are mates of our from the allotment site who have been deployed and we took in three of their chickens. Yes I know we need photos of them as well, but they aren’t looking proper as they’re molting and refuse to have their photos taken until spring when all new feathers have come in and they look chickalous! Their names haven’t really been decided yet because I’ve not been able to spend the time with them like I was able with the first six. But I have some names I’d like to use with them, Mabel, Gretta, and Bird-Brain. It seems that the girls molt during the winter (burrr cold!) so they just wouldn’t look their best so we’ll get their new photos come spring, even new ones of the older girls of ours, because they’re all about the same age. The three new girls will be easy to tell apart, they definitely look different then the others and two are different breeds then our lot. So all we can do is hope they don’t drown or turn into ducks over the winter with all the rain! The new girls had another house put in the run just for them, but from what Si can find out, only two girls are using the new house which is good as not all nine girls are squished in the larger coop.
We also need to start getting out seeds together for the allotment and what we’ll be planting, but as I write this the allotment is a swimming hole due to two days of nothing but rain! Si took photos for me when he went to let the girls out, good thing we now have wellies as if not his feet would be drenched it’s that deep! I hope to try some corn again, spinach (us and the girls), potatoes, peas, rhubarb, our apple trees, and berry bushes, onions, carrots, garlic (trying again this year), broccoli (us and the girls), lettuce (us and the girls), strawberries (US ONLY!) sunflowers for their beauty and then the girls to peck apart again this year, some peppers Green and possibly red and Hot Peppers for the chili, maybe lavender in the tubs again this year, carrots again in the bath tubs, tomatoes, and who knows whatever else we decide or not decide to plant this year.
Sadly we lost Cluck-Cluck last week due to a prolapsed Vent. The vet gave us two options, surgery-but no guarantee it would stay and she’d never lay eggs again. That part didn’t bother us just to keep her but to find out the surgery may not work upset us. The other option was to put her down, sadly this is the way we went. We had a very good friend do this for us as he knew how to do it humanly and we didn’t know. The other girls, Charlotte, Freida, Thunder, Lightning and Perdy all looked for her and seemingly mourned for her a bit, they looked all over for her and couldn’t find her which was sad for them and us.
Today we got a new girl to help get them back to six, our newest is a Reddish-Brown in colour, with white feathers all about her body giving her a really nice look and some nice white tail feathers. We have named her @Rosiecosy, yes she has a large name to live up to, she’s named after a great friend of ours who’s in Labour with us. Rosey has a red vehicle, we have a reddish chicken! Talk about Labour love!
So far the food that’s survived the mice and that I grew at home, we now have some corn, some type of squash, continual spinach, cabbage, flowering purple broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes and popping corncobs.
Most of it is growing, sadly the snails and slugs got to a few plants and ate them whole! This being through egg shells and under containers so they all got fed to the princesses for their nasty deed! Luckily most is growing back and I hope now there are more egg shells and slug and snail repellent is down we’ll be in better shape. Hopefully everything will grow and we’ll be able to feed the hens aka the princesses and ourselves.
We had planted a large four separate patches of potatoes. We dug up a test patch from our first in and nothing was on the plant, sadly we’re afraid that all our first main crop may have nothing on them as they lived through the rain and hot weather so blight may have gotten the field. We have the other plots of potatoes, we won’t dig any test plants up in them as there aren’t many of them so we can always hope there are potatoes on the plants in the main first crop later into the season.
A friendly man and his wife offered us some plants, flowering purple broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and tomatoes. We planted a ton of everything in my flower bed since it was the only free bed since the tiller was stolen. So I lost my gardening area and flowers but hopefully it’ll all grow and thrive with lucky and growing care.
Yes, someone broken into our shed and stole our tiller, sadly that means digging plots by hand and Simon sore and his back highly aggravated. But our next one will be a 5 stroke and taken with us daily if we get one as we’ll be having the whole lot tilled by a neighbour’s mate, so we’ll till it though out the winter minus the apple trees, but hopefully dig up the strawberries for a few more years out of them. so it’s plow the field, rake, plow, rake, and continue all winter this way until we feel all weeds are dug up.
I’ve replanted more carrots in one of the tubs that just wasn’t growing, no idea what kind but I tossed them in and with hope they’ll be winter carrots. I have a medium box full of carrots and a tub full, but more spare seeds for winter carrots for the third tub that’s about half growing, so they may be winter carrots as well with the ones I plant in soon as I’m feeling better.
Currently I’m down, very poorly and not making it to the allotment, but on the plus side I have a nice tan