Sunday 17 January 2016
Martin has spent the week end building the new goat house
in the paddock that will be there new home
we need to get them moved soon as they are due to give birth next month
and we hope to get them installed before the big days.
While Martin was doing that I was in the poly tunnel
I have been reading up about growing in hot beds
and set about making one this morning
I dug out the top soil from the bed area I put together with some of the pallet collars
then piled in the clearings from the duck house, chicken house and some alpaca poo
mixed it all together getting plenty of air into into it and gave it a good watering
then mounded it up into heap, in a few days the heap should start to heat up,
once the temperature has stopped rising, it will be tamped down into the bed
then the soil will be laid on top, it will then be ready for planting in,
I am planning to try some chili and pepper plants in this bed
on the other side of the poly tunnel the border is being filled with Alpaca poo
it will all be dug in along with some ground up egg shells I have been collecting, they will add some calcium to the ground, at the far end is the early potato bed.
the opposite side there is another pallet collar bed, carrots have been sown
the other veg growing are beetroot, spinach, radish lettuce and leeks.
the carrot bed has been covered with a couple of layers of fleece
slowly the growing season is getting on the way.
Tonight's dinner was again all home produced
Pork Chops, french beans and roast Oca.
Today has been another mild day, cold but dry, most of the snow has gone now
the air has been thick with mist.