Skinflint Sunday: Get some help in the garden.

Yesterday I decided to clear out the right-hand veggie garden. I pulled out the roma tomatoes which had produced only a handful of tomatoes all summer, I pulled out the remains of the silverbeet for one last meal and then I let my helpers in.

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They couldn’t believe their luck. The older ones were in like a flash, while it took Pudgy and Hazel a little longer to work out how to get onto the other side of the wire fence.

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The place was a bit of a mess but that didn’t faze them. They started right in on the task of getting rid of bugs, weeds and other delectable items.

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This is an action shot of Buffy scratching away at the dirt. Her front half is still, while the back half is working furiously.

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Pudgy was having a lovely time.

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So was Hazel. Here are some clearer shots of the girlies.

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Hazel is laying an egg in 3 out of every 4 days. Still half the size of a normal egg. (Useful for jaffles.)

Pudgy still hasn’t laid any eggs. She’s also suspicious and cranky. I’d contemplate getting rid of her but she’s Evan4’s favourite.

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You’d think a chook that big would be able to squeeze out at least one egg every so often, wouldn’t you?

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Today we have another meeting of our gardening group. We’re meeting at Mick’s place for a barbeque. Thank goodness it’s going to be a beautiful day.

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8 Responses to Skinflint Sunday: Get some help in the garden.

  1. Needtochange says:

    I love your chickens. My girls and I are forever asking my hubby to let us get some. One day he will cave in.

  2. Ellen says:

    The girlies are looking all grown-up and very fancy. I bet they thought they had gone to heaven ninja-ing their way through the veggie plot. Good to see you back in blogland.

  3. libby says:

    The girls are looking beautiful! The fisherman is even thinking of getting chooks now. Hoping to get aa kitten soon then a puppy, dont know about the chooks at the same time!

    ive always wanted chooks too

  4. Urspo says:

    What a sensible idea, using chickens to eat up the bugs. I recall someone renting a heard of goats to ‘weed out’ some hilly areas.

  5. river says:

    Chooks are the best when it comes to clearing bugs and scratching over the soil, they’ll add their own particular brand of fertiliser too, so after you let it sit dormant for a few weeks, you can just dig and plant.

  6. Scott says:

    I love your chooks! In shade you might need to up the ISO on your camera to avoid the blurries. Try maybe 400.

  7. Tracy says:

    It’s always good to have willing helpers. Chooks are great when they behave and stay on the right side of the fence.

  8. Bev says:

    Love your chooks. I’m hoping to get some soon. Hazel is beautiful. What variety is she?

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