How to keep backyard chickens

I could watch chickens for hours. I enjoy watching them forage around the garden.    I currently don't have chickens in the new house, however working on that... If you’re interested in chooks for your own backyard, here are the basics to get you started.


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How To Start Your Very Own Veggie Patch

For much of the day, I think with my stomach. In the mornings, I start the day imagining what I’m going to have for breakfast.

An example of my inner dialogue goes something like this: “Maybe today I’ll have a plate of freshly picked, home-grown tomatoes, drizzled with...

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When To Harvest Your Garlic.

Garlic is ready to harvest when the outer leaves of the stem start to brown and die off.   Usually, a good indicator is when half have died back.  It usually will be in late spring-summer, around the eight months from planting.  Depending on the variety and also weather conditions....

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How to Grow Broad Beans

Broad beans are always part of my autumn roster out in the veggie garden. They are simple to grow, delicious to eat and planting them naturally enriches the soil. For me, the humble broad bean is also a personal lucky charm.

My grandparents came from Sicily, where the broad bean has long...

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How to Grow Peas

Peas are one of my favourite vegetables to grow at home. They are an easy crop for the cool weather veggie patch and grow well up a simple support.

When the pea pods fill out in the springtime, I love to eat them straight off the vine. Fresh peas taste so sweet in the garden that they rarely...

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How to Grow Basil

 

Basil is considered the king of herbs, not only in Italy but across the world. The word ‘basil’ comes from the Greek basileus, meaning ‘king’. Even though basil is often associated most closely with Italian cuisine, the plant originates from India. It is part...

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