What about plastic housing? – a head to head with the market leaders – Part 1

Some years ago I wrote an article about this new-fangled plastic poultry house I just been sent to try out. I recall at the time thinking there was potential in the idea, there were limitations too, however I could see the value in using them particular for the back garden keeper with a flock of …

Gardens & Chickens… Do they mix?

    I’m an avid gardener; in fact I’ve been gardening both in terms of flowers, fruit and vegetables since I fell out of a pram, I’m not a precious gardener though who needs everything in rows unless it’s in my vegetable plot. Call me old fashioned but I like my onions to all be …

Natural Garden Pest Control Infographic

The folks at Integrity Search Ltd sent me this handy little infogrpahic over the other day so I figured I'd share. 12 common UK garden pests and how to control them without resorting to chemical agents... The original was commissioned by them there Greenhouse folks - Gabriel Ash

Dew jewels – an October morning

Sometimes the light and conditions are so inviting first thing in the morning that you can't help but reach for the camera... I did precisely that earlier, albeit briefly. The October autumn morning sunshine burned off the mist... and was not to be missed and then a bit more up close....

Two Years Later…

I’ve just noticed that it’s almost 2 years to the day since I started this blog of random ramblings about poultry (in particular chickens) and gardening projects. Back when I started I recall saying at the time that some of the stuff would probably be best put in a book and oddly enough it is …

Feeding scraps & growing your own chicken feed (the way it was)

A couple of posts ago I blogged about my perspective on the EU legislation relating to the feeding of kitchen scraps to your chickens. As a result quite a few people contacted me wanting to know a bit more about how folks fed their feathered livestock prior to the 'meddling EU' getting involved. The premise behind it all …

The Edible Garden Show 2013

It was my first time at the Edible Garden Show this weekend gone (15th-17th March) and I was along there with NFU Countryside Magazine offering Chicken Surgeries, in the ‘Potting Shed’ interviewing Genevieve Taylor about her excellent new book “A Good Egg”, hanging out with Victoria Roberts in the Smallholder marquee and sitting on the …