From time to time your chickens will get worms, and not just the juicy kind they find in the garden. They'll also get intestinal worms. Icky. Poultry worms are a common occurrence, especially if your flock free range frequently. I realise this is a gross subject, but if you keep chickens then you should learn to recognise the signs of … Continue reading Poultry Worms
May is the month when seed sowing is in full swing, space in the greenhouse is filling up fast with seed trays and pots. Hardier crops started earlier in the year should be hardened off during the day before planting into their final positions. Tender crops such as beans and squashes can be sown undercover now. If the weather is particularly fine, sow beans direct where they are to crop.
- Sow French and runner beans either in pots (undercover) or direct, depending on weather conditions
- Harvest asparagus spears
- Check growth of greenhouse seedlings and water as necessary. If the weather is warm ventilate the greenhouse.
- Sow sweet corn under glass or indoors using small pots or toilet roll tubes
- Continue hardening off crops before planting out
- Transplant or ‘dib in’ leek seedlings once they’re the width of a pencil.
- Sow beetroot, kohl rabi and Swiss chard direct (depending on weather conditions). Beetroot will benefit from cloche protection.
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We haven't done very well with growing carrots at the allotment, our plot in its 3rd year of being worked (previously uncultivated land) is still quite troublesome in places due to heavy clay soil. Carrots prefer light soil, growth will become stunted if grown in heavy soil resulting in stumpy carrots come harvest time. Some of our raised … Continue reading Growing Happy Carrots
If you're new to vegetable growing perhaps you've found parsnips tricky to grow? So far (touch wood) I've had good results with growing parsnips so I thought I'd share some tips on how I grow them: Buy seed fresh every growing season to increase germination success, germination is generally slow. Sow from March onwards, direct into the ground (once … Continue reading How to Grow Parsnips
Occasionally I look at my site stats to see which search terms are finding my blog. I tend to see a lot of chicken/poultry related queries and questions, so I thought I would write about one of the biggest problems poultry keepers sometimes face - the dreaded red mite. Carried by wild birds, red mite are tiny … Continue reading Chicken Health – Red Mite
Yesterday I took the plunge and planted out the leek seedlings, they are a first for me so I have no idea how they will do. Leeks are planted out in a slightly different way to other vegetables, I did a bit of swotting up before planting them into their final position. This is how I did it: When your … Continue reading How to Plant Leeks