It’s been a busy old week all round. Chicks are beginning to arrive at the rescue but there’s still no sign of the renovations completing so lots of rushing about and dashing around like a headless chicken there!
This little collared dove chick came in recently, they make excellent patients as they’re so placid, calm and trusting, but when it comes to hand feeding them I always feel that my fingers are far too big and clumsy when trying to open their tiny delicate beaks. You have to be really careful when hand feeding these chicks as the food must go over their tongues otherwise they can choke. I do love the chicks though so I always get the job of feeding them.
Amazingly we’ve had a few dry days with lovely blue skies this week, which immediately drove me into the garden. I tentatively approached the vegetable patch. Now, after three days of dig dig digging I’m typing with an aching back and throbbing shoulders. It’s surprising how out of condition you get after a diggingless winter….sighs….and rubs shoulders…
Lots of these about…and little brown looking ladybirds mating!
And….lot’s of creepy crawly scurrying creatures trying to avoid me!
And of course Curly cat loves it when I’m in the front garden, it’s hard to get anything done though as I spend so much time stroking her!!!
I harvested hundreds of spring onions and THREE beetroots, along with four tiny carrots and three even tinier parsnips. Not much to show for a years work eh???
So, the unexpected gift…..well, this week I got an email of Flighty at flightplot.wordpress.com asking me if I would like some of his favourite marigold seeds. “Of course” said I, then two days later they popped through my letterbox. They are now sitting snuggy and warm in seed trays. I find it amazing to think that someone I’ve never met can send me a gift, and now, flowers from his allotment will grow and seed in mine!!! Thanks Flighty, they’re in the best green fingered hands and I shall take good care of them.
And along with Flighty’s marigold’s, all these seeds have to be sown in March! I need a few more greenhouses methinks, or I have to buy less seeds!!!
I made a start on the seeds by sowing delphiniums, I always cover them with the bottoms of plastic bottles to keep the slugs out…..it helps a little but one or two slugs still get at them.
Here’s my weeded veggie patch, I’ve moved the fennel as I like to rotate the crops, and I’ve planted shallots and seeded carrots, spinach, broad beans and peas. Curly just loves the pea sticks and weaves in and out of them.!!! Tomorrow I hope to sow broccoli and cauliflower and leave the rest of the patch for my potatoes that are chitting beautifully in the greenhouse.
The very sight of that veggie patch does make everything ache and throb even worse though……
And finally…..all six fruit trees are now planted up in tubs to give their roots a chance to fill out. Apricots, apples and cherries in the summer……HOPEFULLY!!!!