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Mon 8-Mar-10
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dantom
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Hi again all'

 we now are the proud owners of four ginger (slightly bald) lohman cross hens.

We picked them up about 4 weeks ago and the owner of the free range farm warned us they may not lay for several days, but!!!!!! the very next day we were rewarded with our first egg.Laugh

I t is amazing to think that these feathered ladies can bring such a smile to my face when greeted with a loud clucking at 7 in the morning to be let out into their run.

Here is to many more omelletes and sun yellow yolks.Wine

Mon 8-Mar-10
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dantom said:

Hi again all'

 we now are the proud owners of four ginger (slightly bald) lohman cross hens.

We picked them up about 4 weeks ago and the owner of the free range farm warned us they may not lay for several days, but!!!!!! the very next day we were rewarded with our first egg.Laugh

I t is amazing to think that these feathered ladies can bring such a smile to my face when greeted with a loud clucking at 7 in the morning to be let out into their run.

Here is to many more omelletes and sun yellow yolks.Wine


Oh I am so pleased you are getting eggs already.  I agree nothing beats the pleasure.  I made scrambled eggs yesterday and the colour was wonderful.  You will never regret getting the hens and I am sure your daughter will love them.

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Mon 8-Mar-10
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Agreed, Danuta. I am delighted to hear of your quick reward, Dantom. Most people have to wait most of a year to get their first eggs!

Keeping chickens must be the easiest and most satisfying of all DIY self sufficiency activities, if you have even a small bit of garden space to house them. I think that just watching them is massively relaxing, just like watching fish in an aquarium. They are such individual characters.

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Wed 12-May-10
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Hello all.  My name is Linden and I have only recently been allocated an allotment. It's really only a half-plot and quite small, but it's mine all mine and I love it.  In the last three weeks we have managed to dig it over and de-weed it and get some seeds sown.  I have things like runner beans and courgettes that I grew from seed in my greenhouse, but it seems too cold to plant them out.  We live in a small village and there are only about 10 allotments in all, but I've put my name down for a second plot if one ever comes available. All the allotments here are organic and we are bound to keep to organic principals on our allotmen

We also have a small garden and I grow herbs and salad veg in a tiny section that we have fenced off from the dogs.   We keep bees, but they live about a mile away, in a cornor of a friend's smallholding.  We plan to get some ex-battery hens and have a hen house ready, but we will be away at festivals several times in June, so have delayed the chickens until we get back.

We have two rescue greyhounds and a rescue Spanish galgo, and a rescue rabbit.

I have grown flowers for quite a few years but only tried vegetables a few times, so am looking forward to getting hints and advice from the experts!  I also look forward to learning new ways to preserve produce.  I  make jams and pickles and chutneys and bake my own bread, so I look forward to perusing the recipe section.

In the past four years I have had a series of mobility problems and have had a couple of major operations and spent quite a few months in a wheelchair.  I am more or less mobile and recovering now and at long last able to do some proper gardening.  I am so excited about being able to do things and go places again, and my allotment  is the fullfillment of a long ambition.

Wed 12-May-10
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Hello, Linden and a really big welcome to the forum from Fiona and myself. You are so like us. Thank you very much for joining in.

We do not home rescue animals as you have done (top marks for that) but we do have a semi-paralysed dog that we fought to keep alive after he was attacked by a Lurcher on Newmarket gallops. That is Doctor Quito, whom you can see in my pic on the blog About Us page.

Fiona has only now started to seriously grow flowers, although she has been gardening for the past 15 years since she bought the cottage. I am just a recent blow-in. So great if you can provide general information and tips about growing flowers.

Anyway, welcome on board!

Best wishes,

Danny

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Thu 13-May-10
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Green Rosie
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Hi Linden - I'm new here tooWave.  Good luck with the veggies.  I have added a few flowers to my veg patch this year but I have to admit I am a fruit and veg gal at heart ...... or at least edible flowersWink.

I too have rescue dogs - a Lab from Battersea and a Husky-Alsation cross from the refuge here in France.  And the cat is a rescue too and about to be joined by a couple of farm moggies as he is useless in the mouse catching department.

Thu 13-May-10
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Thankyou!  I've been reading about companion planting and how some flowers are used for that, so I've been thinking about giving it a go.  I've sown seeds for calendula and nasturtiums around the borders of the allotment (well they ARE edible!) and I think I will plant some of my giant sunflowers there as well.  I had a huge sunflower in my garden last year that the birds planted  and it was so impressive that I kept some seeds from it to try again this year.  I have 6 sunflowers now in pots, ready to go out as soon as we get some decent weather.  I wonder if they will be as impressive as their parent!

Thu 13-May-10
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A very warm welcome to you Linden.  I  love your name.  Thank you for such a full introduction, you'll find a lot of like-minded people here.  WineRose

I'll try that again!

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It is a lovely name and the natonal tree of Latva Cheers

WaveWelcome, Sveika (Latvian in case you all think I have gone mad)Monster

Fri 14-May-10
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No, Joanna.

It was a foregone conclusion from Day 1. Big_Laugh

(Danny spies an open goal and kicks the ball into the back of the net Cheers )

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Sat 15-May-10
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but Danny didn't notice that Joanna stepped aside to let it in SmugRunAway

Sat 15-May-10
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JoannaS said:

(Latvian in case you all think I have gone mad)Monster


We already know my dear! Big_Laugh Big_Laugh Big_Hug

I'll try that again!

Sat 15-May-10
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Joanna - too little, too late I win the points! Big_Hug

Linden, companion planting is such an important aspect of gardening, I now realise. Fiona has recently bought a book on the topic. It is absolutely fascinating.

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D, that sounds like you and Fiona sitting in your garden taking the BM at lunchtime on Sundays - companionably (is there such a word?)

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Thankyou for your kind comments about my name.  I was named after a song "The Linden Tree" which my mum learned as a child in piano llessons.  She thought that if she ever had a daughter, she would name her Linden.  I've never actually heard the song!

What was the book that Fiona bought on companion planting?  I'm still looking for more information about it, because it seems to make so much sense.

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