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Monday, 30 September 2013

The latest happenings.

If you check out the website on a regular basis, you get a little feel of all what happens fairly constantly with my tweets.
As tweeted we have had loads of mushrooms this year, there have been 2 harvests, one in July/August and a 2nd one now in mid September. Shop mushrooms don't compare. But field mushrooms have a very short shelf life, so in order to make the most of them, mushroom soup was being made daily, in quite large quantities.
Which leads me on to the fact that I hate waste, so this time of year is frantic in trying to pickle, freeze, eat or make something with surplus veg.  Most of the veg has produced well this year, which was reassuring after the last few years when things had been so difficult.
In the spring we hatched out a handful of ducks. There were 2 drakes amongst them which were dispatched recently and were pleased with the end result, we haven't done the taste test yet, we've put them in our freezer. I've attached a picture of the remaining ducks which we are going to keep for egg production, they are very nice young ladies.
September is the last month really for any tunnel planting, possibly a few days into October, but the days are too short now for much growing.
The field is looking lovely with all it's veg, we've managed to keep the carrot fly, caterpillars and pigeons off of everything up till now with insect mesh. The slugs were fairly quiet this year for a change. No doubt winter will see the pigeons doing battle with us again, pigeon pie sounds good to me!

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