• Animals

    Planning the coop – Planning for chickens (2)

    Now we roughly know what breed of chickens we want, we can start planning the coop. We had a rough idea of making a henhouse for (nightly) cover and laying nests, with a huge run around it so the chickens have lots of space to roam. The run would be used mostly when we only just got the chickens, to help them get used to the area. Or when we don’t want them roaming around the garden for one reason or another. We already thought where we want the coop: near the kitchen. That way, the chickens are always nearby, and we can see them roaming around from the dining…

  • Animals

    Choosing a breed – Planning for chickens (1)

    For a while now we’ve been thinking about getting some chickens. We eat a lot of eggs – in salads, with asparagus and for lunch – especially now we’re working from home. So why not get the source? We’ve got plenty of space in the garden and we’ve been thinking about getting some farm animals anyway so the space wouldn’t be wasted. We thought we’d start with building a chicken coop before choosing a chicken breed, but after gathering more information on chickens and coops we decided it would be best to choose a breed first. Chickens come in all kinds of different sizes and characters, so if we know…

  • Vegetable gardening

    Planting the first vegetables

    Technically, we’ve already planted the first vegetables when we seeded them inside. It would be more accurate if I named this post “Planting the first vegetables outside” but that was too long : ) So yeah, after we weeded the garden patch and made it all pretty, it was time to plant the first seeds and unions outside! We were going to sow four kinds of vegetables: Unions Arugula Carrots Spinach We followed the instructions that came with the seed packages. They listed information about how much space you need between different plants (or at this stage, seeds) and between different rows. We made rulers from a wood slat to…

  • Vegetable gardening

    Planning our garden

    Usually, when you start planning your garden, the first thing you want to do is decide where you want to place your garden (keeping the amount of sunlight and such in mind) and how big you want it to be. In our case, our garden is HUGE so space isn’t an issue. The previous owners also had a vegetable garden and we like the place where it’s at, so we don’t really have to think about that either. That means the planning we have to do consists mostly of: Deciding which vegetables we want to grow. Most likely, these’ll be the vegetables we use the most; Planning when to sow…