That’s more like it Girls!

I love opening the fridge and seeing this:

It’s just over a couple of  weeks since the Girls started laying again. So far they’ve laid 20, about 3 every two days.

I don’t know why, but when I was buying eggs, they could sit in the fridge for days, weeks even, and it didn’t worry me. Now that I have my own, I write the date on each one as it’s laid and when they’ve been there over a week, I start worrying and thinking I’d better DO something with them. The human mind is a strange thing! Anyway it’s nice to be able to take a half dozen to a friend each week or so. Permaculture is about sharing, after all.

Speaking of permaculture, I must really put in a plug for one of my favourite permie sites Milkwood Permaculture, and a couple of recent posts there about nutrient accumulators….comfrey and azolla.

I’m growing both of these and the comfrey post was a reminder to dig up and divide lots of comfrey roots for springtime planting. I’m planting it at low points on the edge of my food forest so that it will pick up nutrients on their way down the slope. I use it to make nutrient tea and as a compost activator, and if there’s any left after that the Girls will gladly take up the excess.

In my garden azolla grows (maybe floats is the correct word) on two second-hand baths and one fibreglass garden pool that a friend was going to send to the tip and fortunately was diverted in my direction:

The Girls love azolla too, and have their own supply right next to their playground:

I’m always on the lookout for new foods, especially wild foods and usually watch Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on River Cottage with a pen and paper to hand. He talked about Sea Kale on one occasion and I’ve just sent for seeds from Phoenix Seeds in Tassie. There’s  a good photo and growing info at this site (looks a site worth bookmarking, too).  I’ve just put the large (pea-sized) seeds in water to soak overnight, as per the instructions provided by Michael at Phoenix, and will sow them tomorrow, probably in pots in the polyhouse as the ground might still be too cold.

I hope I can get it established. I like the way it’s growing in a mulch of stones and coarse gravel in the photo at the linked site and might do that here. It would look stunning  in an ornamental garden:

2 Responses to “That’s more like it Girls!”

  1. narf77 Says:

    Another great post…we have comfrey at my daughters place in town and its probably time to liberate it from their uncaring hands and replace it as a staple on Serendipity Farm. I love the look of that sea kale…is it called that because it is salt tolerant? the rocks are pretty and would complement the kale. I too love Milkwood Farm. I totally envy them their situation but I can’t bring myself to be too jealous as they are so generous with the free information 🙂


  2. pruefreefood Says:

    Love the use of the azolla I’m going to try to get some for my girls…. 🙂


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