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    Garden Updates,  Vegetable gardening

    Spotted the first peppers! – Garden updates (11)

    I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it… As the title of this blog implies, we spotted our first peppers! Both chili’s and bell peppers : ) They’re still small, they’re still green, but they’re there. And I’m loving it! I’m not quite sure if this specific plant is a Yolo Wonder or a Mini Paprika, but I guess we’ll find out as it grows : ) As for the chili’s, both the Numex Twilight and the Cayenne have started to produce: As for the rest of the vegetable patch, things are going really well! Since we put up the netting nothing seems to have been eaten by the…

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    Animals

    Building the coop: exterior – Planning for chickens (4)

    With the coop frame done, it’s time to cover it so the chickens will stay safe, warm and dry : ) After some looking around, we decided to cover the coop with rebate planks. I love natural materials, and in my opinion wood looks just beautiful! On top of that it isolates, and with the right joint it fits tight together making it wind and water proof. We chose two different kinds of rebate – pine rebate for the walls, and douglas swedish rebate for the roof. We took two different kinds of wood to create contrast in color. Basically just for looks : ) Through the plans I made…

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    Fruits coming in season – Garden updates (10)

    Buckle up and have a cup of tea at hand, because it’s gonna be a long one! : ) After I wrote last weeks taste test by the wild doe, we decided enough was enough. We want to eat our own vegetables as well! We figured putting netting over at least a portion of the vegetable garden (with the vegetables we like best) should solve the problem. So we put a net over about half of the vegetable garden, covering the arugula, onions, cabbages, beans and some of the strawberries. It looks horrible and is very annoying when I need to reach something underneath, but the doe hasn’t touched the…

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    Building the coop: frame – Planning for chickens (3)

    A couple weeks ago I wrote about the plans I drew for the chicken coop. Based on those plans we ordered the wood. Because the plans were drawn on scale, we could simply measure the distances on the paper and calculate from there what the real sizes should be. 1cm on paper is equal to 25cm on full scale, so it was pretty easy to calculate what we needed. Round it up for sawing waste, error margin and drawing imperfections and ta-dah! There it is : ) After that, we needed to figure out the most efficient way to saw the lengths off 4m beams, to figure out how many…

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    Wild deer taste test – Garden updates (9)

    As you might have seen on my Instagram, the vegetable garden has been visited by a wild deer. Thankfully, she hasn’t done much damage (yet), but it’s real fun to see which vegetables she likes best. So let’s have a look, shall we? ; ) Day one The first thing we noticed when we visited that garden this day was the absence of spinach. The spinach already had bolted, so I didn’t mind, but the stems were clean. Every single leaf was gone! The arugula – which we planted right next to it – was unharmed. They weren’t missing a single leaf. I guess she didn’t like the scent! :…