The Nearly Girls 2018

As BHWT volunteers there's nothing quite like the wonderful feeling at the end of a re-homing day when you know so many girls have gone off to a new life with so many adventures ahead of them. Several re-homings have been touched with sadness though - four little hens taken…

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Butternut Squash 2018

An amazing butternut squash harvest today! Last winter the soil was covered in the used bedding and manure from the girls, providing a mulch that gave the soil nutrients as well as stopping weeds developing. The bedding rotted down over the winter and spring just in time for the cucurbits…

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Flower Seed Sowing
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Flower Seed Sowing

Apparently hens love edible flowers and continuing our theme and objective of Under My Wing of a natural and nutritious lifestyle, I sowed nasturtiums, marigolds and sunflower seeds today.

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Herb Seed Sowing
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Herb Seed Sowing

One of our objectives when the new girls arrive is to keep them healthy and illness-free for as long as possible by pursuing the natural healing powers of herbs that can be easily grown in the garden. Now, in our experience most of our ex-commercial girls succumb to reproductive cancers…

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Greenhouse Spring Clean
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Greenhouse Spring Clean

Today was the annual greenhouse clean, so that it's in tip top shape for the new season. This was a combined autumn and spring clean, as we'd been a bit lax at the end of last year, but a good half day was all it took with a pressure washer…

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Cucurbits
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Cucurbits

This family of vegetables are very susceptible to frost so don't usually get planted outside until after the last frost. I start them off early in pots in the greenhouse though to give them a head start. They need lots of space to grow but generally give you a good…

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Brassicas
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Brassicas

Our girls love brassicas especially cabbage, kale, even turnip leaves. They are relatively easy to grow but need a lot of space. I sowed two different types of cabbage today and two different types of kale with different harvesting times with the aim that we have a constant supply for…

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