Monthly Archives: May 2013

Chicken Garden

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It doesn’t look like much, but in the last few days I’ve been working on a little garden in front of the chicken coop. I’ve been browsing Free Range Chicken Garden and while the book is perhaps more oriented to those keeping a small backyard flock it is nonetheless inspiring. The current chicken arrangements involve some time in the coop in the morning, then out “to pasture” in a large area we had fenced off for the goats. In the evening we let them out to free range around our property. So this little garden won’t have their full (damaging) attention. I planted it with some so-called “chicken resistant” plants as well as a few of their favourites, like kale. Tiny kale plants are protected by a chicken wire tent and I seeded some greens under the cover on the other side. I’m hoping these will give the plants a chance for a good start but after that it will all be fair game.

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I hope to get a few more herbs that will be useful for sprinkling in the coop and look forward to seeing nasturtiums spilling about. I recruited a few wild strawberries and cowslips from the lawn. G and Little R built the stone path yesterday. Looking forward to seeing it grow up!

 

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Rhubarb Curd

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I made some lemon curd a week ago and while I stood over it and stirred it occurred to me rhubarb would make a good curd too. We have lots of eggs, we have lots of rhubarb. This afternoon I tried it out. I was hoping for a pale pink mixture but I guess it must be the eggs that give lemon curd its colour, not lemon, so the rhubarb curd is also a cheerful yellow. It tastes lovely. I still want to perfect my recipe but this first attempt is quite passable. Seems like a perfect spring delicacy.

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