Where is everybody?

All on its own….the first asparagus of the season :

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Another two in this spot, a skinny one and a fat one trying to hide beside a clump of Dianella :

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This is the earliest they’ve ever appeared. It’s usually late July or August before they come up. I’m not complaining!

Also, the first yacon tuber of the season. Not a very big one…..there’s been too much competition for water and nutrient, because they were planted under a hungry tamarillo :

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Not the first pepino of the season, but the most I’ve ever harvested in one go  :

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On the chicken front, Clover is still laying, albeit only 2 or 3 a week, but still, I’ve never had a hen laying this far into winter before. Admittedly, some are funny pointy ones, a couple have dropped out at night and smashed on the floor of the coop, and one had only half a shell, but she’s trying. And 4-year-old Molly, who stopped laying and moulted in January, looks like she might lay again this spring and early at that. Her wattles and comb have reddened considerably, so that now I have to look twice to tell her apart from Clover. It would be nice to have eggs right through the year and not have to buy them at all in winter.

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12 Responses to “Where is everybody?”

  1. Julie Nicks Says:

    Our 3 Lovely Ladies (Ginger, Bette & Ethel) who came to live with us Sep 2013 have not stopped laying at all, which is a wonderful blessing! Apart from a few feathers dropped, none have gone into a moult to date and seem to be enjoying their life as part of our family.

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Well, you are lucky! Chooks are such interesting companions to have around, aren’t they? Even better that they provide us with food.

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  2. Chris Says:

    That first image reminds me of the Asparagus character, from Veggie Tales. 😉

    So glad your yacon survived and produced something for you. Mine died. 😦 I can have a gander at yours instead. Would love to know what you thought of its flavour?

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      I don’t know that one. Out of my age group, I guess 😉

      Have you ever eaten it? It’s crisp and very crunchy, but nothing like any flavour I can recognise. Just sweetness.

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  3. narf77 Says:

    I had about a month without eggs but the girls are back in business now. Sanctuary is full of white fly and the water wicked strawberry bed is still producing berries like our -3 winter days never happened. Asparagus?! I might have to take a trundle out into the garden for a look-see but we are usually a month after you with everything going on in the garden. You are my litmus paper 😉

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      I would have thought the white fly would have died off by now. If they come back here this year, I’m going to hit them with everything I’ve got right from the first day!

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      • narf77 Says:

        Any suggestions for whitefly eradication? They are in clouds in Sanctuary. I noticed that a daffodil was out in the church gardens today in full bloom. We might think that there is more winter to come but it looks like nature has a different idea. Hopefully spring will last for 6 months then!

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        • foodnstuff Says:

          I ignored mine until they were in plague proportions. Trouble is they hide on the backs of the leaves and you don’t know they’re there! I just used a can of something from Bunnings, shook the plants and sprayed the clouds that came off. It worked eventually, but the damage was already done.

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          • narf77 Says:

            I did the same and now I have a pandemic of the little buggers that are still living and that have even invaded a mint plant I have on my window ledge inside! Might have to go the “can of stuff from Bunnings” way myself by the look of it 😦

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  4. kmfinigan Says:

    I understand your frustration on the egg front! For years I spent winter disappointed in store bought eggs. I wrote a whole list of tips and tricks to get the girls laying through winter on my blog if you’re interested? These are all tried and true methods that I use, and now I dont have to worry in the winter – http://bit.ly/1A8mLB1

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