This weekend was so very relaxing, with just a little going on.
Saturday was clean out the chook house day, and treat the big girls for scaly leg mites (a thankless task). A quick dunk of their legs in vegetable oil does the trick, and you can learn more about how to get rid of these little beasties in this post titled “How To Remove Scaly Leg Mites“.
The little pekin bantams also had their house cleaned out and rebedded, and upon inspection, they had clean legs, so I didn’t have to do the Benny Hill chase around their run (who can hear yakety sax in the background?).
I used half of the really fresh manure in the compost bin. This was because the bin was getting a little wet from all the kitchen scraps. The other half was scattered over the broad bean garden bed to keep it weed free.
I noticed that the cabbages, which I planted in late March were getting gnawed by cabbage moth caterpillars so out with the Diepel to nip them in the bud. The leaves were quite holey, but the powder soon got rid of just the caterpillars.
After fertilising the citrus trees with weed tea, I called it a day.
Sunday was spent catching up on emails from readers, setting up a few interviews for the cheese podcast, and performing a bit of weeding. The weeding took no time at all, because I have been keeping on top of it once a month, during the dead moon (waning crescent).
So far this season, I have the following vegetables growing in the garden.
Purple and Sugarloaf cabbages
Onions (hunter river brown), radishes (3 varieties) and carrots,
Garlic (Australian purple) and Red Spanish onions,
Broad beans (fava),
and Snow Peas.
Note the recycled fence panel that I rescued to make into a trellis for the peas. A great use for something that others would have thrown out.
Also, as we have not had our first frost for the season, there are still lots of scarlet runner beans, and chillies growing in the garden. Once the frost hit, they will be no longer until spring when they will reshoot.
I also planted five self sown sage plants a few weeks back, which are doing very well.
All in all, I am very please on how the garden is progressing this year.
After weeding and feeding, I went inside and decided that it was a great day to make cheese. I got out my cheese book (a great feeling), and made Caerphilly, which is my favourite semi-hard cheese to make and eat.
My mate David visited around the same time, bringing with him a nice bottle of local red. So Kim joined us whereby we talked, joked, and laughed in the kitchen as I made the cheese.
It is so much more fun making cheese with old friends and wine. The process just seems to flow (like the wine). The Caerphilly should be ready to eat in about three weeks. We are all looking forward to that, and more wine!
So as you can see, not much happened, being a very slow weekend. No workshops, no meetings, no rushing around. Well, slow for us, anyway :-).
What did you get up to over the weekend? Did anyone do some food gardening or make cheese?