Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Vegetables, chooks & Knitted Stuff

Busy, Busy, Busy that's all I can say about the last couple of months, the garden has gone crazy with produce, the chooks have had baby chicks and the toy orders just keep rolling in *yay*

I'll give you the link to my garden page, its called . Grown Your Own Food . That way you can see more photos of the veg garden and what I've been harvesting. We've had a great start to the season, got some nice rain which filled our tanks. The veg garden is watered by tank water only as its waaay too expensive to pay for town water. I wouldn't be able to have such a large garden if I had to water it with town water, would be cheaper to just go to the shops instead . The main reason I grow some of my own food is because I prefer the taste of it when compared to commercial crops.

I've been working on making bunnies at the moment. I know its early for Easter but my toys are handmade and it takes me quite a lot of time to make a toy unlike the mass produced toys that are now available. I have to start my stockpile now so I have enough to sell at Easter, no point waiting until the last minute. This little bunnie is knitted and took about 2 days to make. Its a lot of work but I love knitting & crochet. I do it when I have a bit of spare time as I find it incredibly relaxing. During summer its a bit tricky because I'm mostly outside in the garden or chasing chooks but during winter, when the garden is empty, I like to sit on the couch and make stuff.

This next photo is of my 10 week old chicken babies. They are a selection of Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, and the white ones I purposely crossed to produce meat birds. They are Rhode Island Red x Light Sussex and they are roosters (its called sex-linking and this crossing produces white chicks which are male and brown chicks which are female so they can be "sexed" as they hatch)

The chicks will stay separate from the main flock of hens until they are about 20 weeks old. At the moment they are in a pen that opens out onto a grassed area. I grow lettuce for them as well which they seem to enjoy.

I learnt a very hard lesson with the last lot of chicks I hatched in 2014  ... I was told by a *cough* chicken expert that I should give them turkey starter ... well I did that (thinking the expert knew more than me) and I managed to successfully kill every single chick over an 18 week period  ... apparently Turkey starter has too much protein in it and destroys the chicks intestines. To say I was pissed off is an understatement. I was not impressed at all as I lost genetics I had been breeding for .... anyway I have learnt my lesson and this lot of chicks have stayed on chicken starter and I haven't lost any of them. I am really pleased with how they are growing and how healthy they are. So remember, if anyone tells you to use Turkey starter on your baby chicks, tell them to bugger off!

Woolly work space

This is a photo of my little work space where I make the different crochet & knitted toys. I find it incredibly relaxing and no two to...