|The Laburnum just coming into flower.|
It gets a bit disheartening to find that the onions you have planted have been pulled out by Jackdaws, this year we defeated them, we planted all the outside onions into modules and planted them out when they had a good root system.
Most of our veg. is started off in modules, the exception being carrots and parsnips, even swede is started off in modules, it seems to give the plants a better start in life, a chance to develop a good root system before they take their chances with the wildlife. We wage war on slugs, normally by night time vigils, cutting up any slug that has dared to come near the brassicas. Carrots are protected by an enviromesh netting barrier against the carrots root fly. Stinging nettles are fermented, ready to strike against any aphid attack. In reality, once a garden is established it probably takes no more than two hundred hours a year, which might sound a lot but breaks down to just an hour a day over a six months period. I feel sure that if we had to buy our food it would work out to far more hours than that to shop in a supermarket.
Besides growing our vegetables and most of our fruit we also raise both ducks and chickens for our own consumption, plus some quail and rabbits. We used to raise lambs, but to be truthful they really are more bother than they are worth, besides them waking up each day and trying to find some new novel way to commit suicide, they have to be fed unless you have the best of land and they can graze on grass alone, added to that all the different ailments that they can suffer from. Pigs are well worth doing, however you have to keep at least two at any given time and two pigs is far too much for us, there is also the problem of getting them loaded up and taken for slaughter. So it looks as though we will be sticking to just the smaller animals, and buy the occasional beef and pork from the larger organic farmers in the area.
|Apple blossom time.|
|First of the broad beans.|
|Spinach fresh from the garden.|
|Newly arrived just a few hours old.|
|Four days old and their first pin feathers have appeared.|
Sunday we went to a plant sale held at Strokestown house, we were impressed with the stalls that were there, some of the nursery's that were there had travelled long distances to attend, one from Dublin another from Clare, the one from Clare we were very impressed with, not only was it an extremely well laid out display, with good photos of the plants, she also did a special offer of six plants for only twenty euro, all of her plants being herbaceous plants, I only wish the nursery was nearer, I would willing spend my money with her. It total we bought fourteen good plants for just forty five euro, that's what I call good value.
Finally a few pictures of our local lough taken just as the sun was setting.
|Beautiful reflections as the sun sets on another lovely day.|
|Full moon over Lough O'Flynn.|