I'm home after 3 weeks in Tasmania. People back here have been busy while I was away. The fridge gardens are all shifted, painted to look better too. All the lawns were mowed, the edges whippersnippered, the yard looks really good and should be easy to keep that way so hope I do... Tiff had tidied up inside for me and the place hadn't looked so good in a long time. After a few days of me being home though...looks like I need to go away again so she can get it back the way she had it!
Had a birthday, lots of pressies some of which were seedlings for the gardens. Great, I was needing these and now they are planted and the gardens are looking good too. Husband has put in a new watering system so it will be easy to keep everything watered.
The young chickens have been out of their pen since before I left so at least the slater population is down. Downside to escapee chookens? Anyone with a garden and chooks that escaped will know the answer to that! We have put them in a different pen, hoping they can't get out because if they do...goodbye seedlings and hello chicken soup!
I am going to get all the gardens back up and producing heaps of food this year, enough for us with extra for selling. I want the yard to start paying for itself and think that I might be able to manage it with the honey and excess vegetables and fruit. And plants that I have been talkin about potting up but haven't yet. I will get the pots cleaned up and a few things planted in them over the next few weeks so come Spring...they will be ready to sell.
The hives need extracting so we will have another batch of honey for sale soon. I still haven't all gotten the hives moved into the Apairy but now that the days are getting shorter and it is darker and cooler earlier I will be able to start moving them closer again. I can only move each hive a foot or two at a time but because I forget or the bees are still flying around when I go to do it it is taking forever. They are quite close now so should be able to be moved the rest of the way over the next month or so.
Chooks seem to have started laying again, had a fridge full of eggs when I got home. Gave most away so hope the chooks keep up their end of the job and we don't run short again. I need to oil their legs again soon too, a few are looking a bit scaley. I think I still have enough oil left in the big drum but will check and get more if I need too. This leg oiling will be a job for the weekend. It is a messy job but something that does need doing on a regular basis. The oil smothers the mite that causes the scaley leg. I use old oil that I get from the fish and chip shop, it works by smothering the mites, there is no need to fork out money on chemicals or expensive oils at all.
There are Chokos on the vine, only small but they grow quite fast so shouldn't be too long before we can start picking and eating them again. I really need to get a couple of vines growing elsewhere too. I say this every year but for one reason or another they like the spot in the tank gardens out the back. I want them to grow up over the chookpen fences out the front. I will keep trying and eventually they will get the message!
I will take photos of how things are looking out there over the next week or so. The whole yard has had changes made to it while I was away, it looks really good so thankyou to everyone that stayed home here and helped with it. A big thankyou to husband for doing everything he did for me while I was away...Love ya Babe!