The chooks have regrown a smart set of feathers but still appreciate some treats before they start laying again once the days start to lengthen. I appreciate treating myself to the perfect lunch at home although lunch at Leafee in Thorndon was pretty good too and cucumber and lettuce soup can be lunch, breakfast or dinner. Followed by a slice of Mrs. Carr’s English lemon cake perhaps.
The tunnel house is now in winter mode with the mesh door returned to its polythene incarnation. At least one of the mouse traps snaps shut every night at the moment particularly in the tunnel house and near the warmth of the compost heap. At 55 degrees C that’s the place I’d head for if I were a mouse. Get your traps out baited with peanut butter or you’ll find just how much a mouse can eat.
Lettuce and spinach growth has slowed significantly so we’re relying on delicious winter greens such as rocket, kale, silverbeet chicory, corn salad (also known as lamb’s lettuce or mâche), coriander and parsley. Time to start sprouting seeds indoors or growing some microgreens for a slightly bigger but equally nutritious fresh salad which doesn’t involve venturing outside.
There’s some beautiful New Zealand garlic available in the shops. But you’d know that because you’d have planted yours already…