Lots of things going on at this time of the year. The chooks have FINALLY come back on lay after 3 months of nothing! (To be fair to my little Isa brown, she was laying up until about 6 weeks ago but I can't survive on six eggs a week) To give you some idea of just how many eggs we go through, I saved all the egg cartons from those months and this was us "cutting down" our usage because I was cranky at having to buy eggs. My two blues, the ISA brown and my white layer all started this week. I've just got one more brown layer to start and we're in full production again. No more store bought eggs for us. This is what is left over after I used 4 eggs for baking this morning and we use on average 2-3 eggs per day. They cost me about $20 every 5- 6 weeks in feed, they eat my food scraps and I use their poo in the garden. Well worth it!
I'm very busy between the home garden and "the farm". We got our caravan on the last weekend of the school holidays and went up there for 3 days. Lucky we had the van too because my son woke up the first morning and was all excited because "It snowed Mummy"! Nope - just a whole bunch of frost but I got super excited by that as well. Why? Well I realised by that event that my property lies in a hollow and also the town lies just on the border of warm temperate climate. Go figure? Two hours north of Brisbane and it's colder. All the pubs have fireplaces there and we've been checking out all the little local ones. Getting back to what it means for my garden, I CAN PLANT SOME STUFF i CAN'T IN BRISBANE!!
Check out the first of my new babies. These require between 300 to 400 hrs of chill which we should get easily considering every night we've been there, we've had frosts until 9 am.
Here's our little van sitting in the middle of our property. We were up there last weekend and I dug 6 holes in preparation.
At home I've got some firsts again that I'm excited about. The Loquat only has about 5 on them but they are MASSIVE.
Hopefully I will have finally broken my Lime curse. 4 lime trees later and I finally have one that has survived and is looking good.
The dwarf ducasse has put out its first bunch of flowers. It is such a polite little tree.
The mulberries are fruiting up nicely
Still waiting on my first Black sapote
Honey harvested for the next 2 months (we also go through a lot of honey)
And lastly, an obligatory harvest shot.
Happy gardening folks
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