A Blog originally about trying to grow organically on allotments, now growing flowers & veg at home on a smaller scale and living an organic lifestyle
Quackers at Bloom
We have just returned home after our day out in Bloom in Dublin, I just had to post these photos of the mother duck and her ducklings who spilled out of the Borage bed in the walled garden in front of us! We heard the quacking as we came level and spotted Mom making a break through the box hedging
She turns to check the chicks
Out she comes onto the gravel with 4 of the chicks tumbling after
Wait for me....
7 little ducks went out ....
At last all 8 ducklings are in formation as Mum sails forth! The O.P.W staff said she comes back each year to the Borage bed to lay her eggs and hatch, but it usually is a week or two later and does not coincide with the crowds converging on Bloom. Mom is leading them to where she knows there is water but today there are too many people around so they cannot let her out of the walled garden into the main area
A box is fetched to put the ducklings into and a coat is thrown over Mom's head to catch her but she flies up into the air squawking loudly and Mayhem ensues !
Mother duck giving out!
3 of the ducklings make their escape over to where Mom is ,followed by the staff
All is well that ends well and the whole family is safe and will be put out of harms way for today at least! it provided great fun for us the spectators but a harrowing experience for the O.P.W staff .
I finally made it out to the plot on Wed morning!It was sunny and mild(ish).The leeks are growing fine and I pulled these 3, there is a nice length of white flesh on them.The parsnips will get a post of their own and also the celery, this is the saga of the Sprouts. This is how I left them after clearing all the damaged leaves and spotted sprouts, and re netting them as some rabbits had found a way under the net! The sprouts on the end of the plants were nibbled and had opened as they should have been picked some time ago!I pulled off all the end ones and added them to the compost in the no dig patch.I pulled any sprouts suitable to pick to give the upper ones a chance to develop in time for the Christmas dinner,which is the whole point of growing our own sprouts. This is the black spot close up. It did not look pretty,a lot of leaves were yellowed which I think is normal, but a lot of them were covered with black spots. Some of the sprouts had black spots on them. Once the outer leaves …
Cauliflower & cabbage plants, these were bought and potted on into larger pots and will be repotted probably twice more before going out into their permanent plot.They have been netted against the birds which would love a taste of some nice green veg to vary their winter diet.
Our seed potatoes chitting in the shed, not a whole lot but we don't have a lot of space and it will be late by the time we get them in
The rhubarb which I broke off the big plants we had on the Hydro, I have one in the garden here which is growing fine these got 'a touch of frost' the other night and are looking a bit sorry for themselves
I set to on the seed box last night and discarded out of date seeds and opened packets.I had been tidying out one of the spare rooms and came across a gardening journal which I had started last year. I start one every year but then forget about it! I was amazed at the amount of seeds I had already sowed by this time of the year so we will have to get oursel…
There was nothing done on the plot since Friday due to the worsening weather over the weekend.The greenhouse needed watering so I went out this evening. I intended pulling the remainder of the beetroot and the carrots and clearing the bed for the winter.The carrots had been very slow germinating and I thought not a great return from them, until I removed the Enviromesh which has sheltered them all summer.
The beetroot has been fantastic all year, all from one sowing ,I have been using the thinnings as baby beetroot in Balsamic vinegar but they have now grown tennis ball size, I think they like being under the mesh the same as the carrots.
I had pulled some carrots to thin them out and I didn't think they were doing at all well, did I get a shock?!
I began pulling them but then found that some were in bunches and it would be better to thin them out and leave the others grow on a bit longer.There is a bunch of baby carrots, a bunch of full grown carrots and a bunch of the purpl…