• Animals

    Hatching the chicks – Planning for chickens (5)

    Now that we’ve had finished most of the coop, it was time to start hatching the chicks! We could have bought adult chickens or already hatched chicks, but we really wanted to hatch the chicks ourselves. We’d actually get to see them grow up! 😀 So, we had to decide on the breed first. I’ve written before about the three breeds we had in mind. After a lot of going back and forth between them, we finally settled for Orpington chickens! 🙂 After writing that blog post we’ve seen them in real life and we really fell in love with them… Preparations First things first, we needed a starter kit:…

  • Garden Updates,  Vegetable gardening

    A lesson learned – Garden updates (13)

    Until this week I hadn’t really noticed how crowded the vegetable garden actually is. We’ve had so many vegetables to plant, that we gave them a little less sowing distance than the packaging adviced, and it didn’t seem a problem. And it wasn’t, for quite some time! Until this week, when I wanted to add some support for the tomato plants… A lesson learned… A couple of the diy supports had fallen over, so we wanted to replace or add something that’s more sturdy and would support the tomatoes better. Luckily, we have plenty of old wood and other things left over, so that wasn’t a problem. The problem however,…

  • Food and Appliances

    Dehydrating strawberries

    So far, we’ve been harvesting a LOT of strawberries. We’ve eaten a lot of them as a snack, made jam, liquor and added them to various salads. Lately however, I feel like the supply is slowly drying out – the sign strawberry season might be over. I really wanted to keep some for later so I thought this was a good moment to dehydrate some! I decided to do this as an experiment on a late evening, so I used strawberries that were waiting in the refrigerator to be eaten; there were probably a couple hundred grams of them. On a sidenote, it still amazes me to think that “I…

  • Garden Updates,  Vegetable gardening

    Steady growth – Garden updates (12)

    As the weather continues to become more summery – and even goes over the top sometimes as it hit 30 degrees Celsius this week – the vegetable garden continues to grow. The potatoes seem to love the weather, as the plants are absolutely massive. They slowly but surely continue to flower (and grow some more). I wonder what size potatoes we’ll be able to harvest when they’re ready… 🙂 As you can see, the tomatoes are also doing great! We just need to think of a better way to keep them upright, as our DIY reed sticks don’t seem to have enough strength to do the job. One thing I…

  • Recipes

    Recipe: Red fruit salad

    Since a week or so, there’s three types of fruit on our property that have become ripe in astonishing (to me) amounts; strawberries, redcurrant berries and cherries. That means we have loads of ripe fruit to eat and preserve, and while I like to preserve them for later, I just love eating them fresh. My favorite thing to make with them so far, is a quick and easy fruit salad. And it’s really versatile as well! Ingredients Strawberries (180g) Redcurrant berries (65g) Cherries (180g) Optional: a couple mint leaves Optional: cinnamon I listed the amounts I used if you think you’d like the same ratio, but you can really use…