Garden activity

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British Red wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 8:54 pm
jennyjj01 wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 8:40 pm
Medusa wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 8:29 pm British Red, just curious as to what the chickens are wearing and why? :)
I thought they might be little saddles for the racing chickens.
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Pretty much - see above :)
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I'll take a picture of Thor some time but you can get an idea from Caesar who we need for his new owners. We have improved the line since - Thor is bigger

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British Red wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 8:54 pm
jennyjj01 wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 8:40 pm
Medusa wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 8:29 pm British Red, just curious as to what the chickens are wearing and why? :)
I thought they might be little saddles for the racing chickens.
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Pretty much - see above :)
Learned something today, thanks. Caesar is very impressive. Also your veggies are very impressive and huge compared to mine at the moment.
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Thank you - this is Thor - the current cockerel - he's only a baby but you can see his size compared to the hens around him

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BR: Are you trying to Devolute your chickens back into Velociraptors ?
That will be a shock for Brer Fox when he comes calling :lol:
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We do breed for size - I'm hoping to ride one to market 😁
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We decided to use one of the small poly tunnel frames ( normally used for netted chicken enclosures during Avian Influenza restrictions) for extra tomatoes this year. It may beat itself to death in high winds but worth a try

Needing a lot of big pots ,a big stack of B&Q buckets was needed

Image£1 B&Q bucket by English Countrylife, on Flickr

12mm spade bit quickly makes drainage holes

Image12mm half inch spade bit by English Countrylife, on Flickr

ImageDrainage holes in bucket by English Countrylife, on Flickr

A few crocks or broken up bits of polystyrene packaging prevents compost blocking the holes

ImageCrocks for drainage by English Countrylife, on Flickr

It was definitely time for potting on!

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ImageTomatoes in bucket by English Countrylife, on Flickr

And into the polytunnel they go

ImageTomatoes in polytunnel by English Countrylife, on Flickr

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Nice! I do like those B&Q buckets as tomato planters. But no polytunnel or room for one so I can't grow as many as you can in my garden greenhouse.
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Honestly those cheap poly tunnels are....ermmm..very low quality ( he said carefully avoiding the word). We bought them just for the frames to net over for chickens. But since the chickens are free ranging again and we have the cover.....

Truthfully if it doesn't rip or blow away in one season it's going to be a pleasant surprise - We've staked it with eight steel road pins hammered 3 foot into the earth so my money is on ripping :lol:
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The poly doesn't look too bad, Red, and the plants look wonderful.

My weekend work has paid dividends already - all the Russian kale has sprouted, the RealSeeds purslane, and a few other things are on the point of poking their heads above the soil. They're so tiny, though, and this coir stuff is so bitty, I'm a little doubtful. I'm using a mister, though, so I'm still hopeful.