We are getting a bit of food from the gardens still, enough to not have to go the shops every month but there are a few things that I have bought lately and no longer want to. Watermelon is one of these things. I love Watermelon and it is one of the things that I look forward to with the warm weather but I cannot seem to grow them. Last year we had 2 or 3 but none like the ones that the shops sell and we didn't get any this year though I planted some. This year, next Summer, I want to not have to buy any.
We are growing and eating:
Sweet Potato. Potato, Tomato, Capsicum, Chilli...surely there is other stuff out there...Will soon have Eggplant, not that we are that keen on that but these 2 plants came up by themselves and are doing really well with fruit and all so if I can't give them away we will have to find a way to eat them.
There are pumpkins coming on and the JA's are flowering...So much should be available but sadly, because I slacked off too much, the quantity and variety is not there...
We are still getting Grapes but lost most of them to birds and wasps because I didn't get the netting and bags on them soon enough. Figs are ready but the tree is in the chookpen and they like them too...Strawberries...Not much other fruit but soon there will be apples. If I get some bags on them to stop the Parrots and other birds. The Strawberry Guavas are fruiting and ripe but we only eat those if I am out there in that pen and pick a couple otherwise it's used as free chookfood. Hmmm, that doesn't sound like a lot of fruit. Some Passionfruit but the main vine is way passed it's prime and none of the other 3 are anywhere near as productive. Boysenberries are just finishing...There is one lot of bananas out there but they are a few weeks away yet. Maybe I need to work on getting more types of fruit that we can have over the Summer months. I need to learn how to grow Melons. I will learn how to grow Melons...
The chooks are starting to lay again but these chooks are very hit and miss with their egg laying and we have this circle thing going. I tell them that if they lay more eggs then I will be more inclined to feed them more bought food but they want more bought food first, I give it to them they don't lay as well as I think they should...What I want is a flock of chooks that can look after itself in getting enough food from the grass, the bugs, the mice, the scraps they get...Ideally, I will never buy commercial food again...Husband says that's not possible if I want eggs but I believe it can be. I just have to get the right chooks, the ones that know what I expect from them. You know...eat the bugs and lay me eggs and I won't chop your head off and eat you...Sounds reasonable doesn't it? Or am I asking too much? I *know* there are people out there that don't buy in food and they still get eggs...I want to be one of those people. Buy nothing in, send nothing out...That is my goal!
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