The final lot of duckings appeared at the house this morning with their mum. She knew to take them here for food - good mum. Then much to her disgust Lloyd and I caught all the babies and after a bit of exercise ( running around the garden like numpties) we got mum and they were reunited in the chicken house. You could argue that as I let my ducks free range I could just leave them for nature to take her course ~ I wish I could, but I can't. I would be out there every second counting babies and breaking my heart each time there was one less ( and there would be as there are hawks and evil pukekos around) This way I can relax. And mum duck probably forgives me, eventually.
She has 8. So out of the four lots of ducklings there have been three eights and a five. The original 2 that I kept, hoping they were girls... well I am now sure I got that one wrong! They look very manly. I kept one other from the next batch - I have no idea what it is but it looks girly for now. Lloyd and I may keep the rest and perhaps even make a meal of the boys... oh! My! It remains to be seen if I can actually go through with this.
She's saying "get away from my babies, you huge human, you!"
The other babies are the veggie babies!
This is a brandywine tomato flower. These are an old heritage tomato and regularly win "best tasting tomato". I've not grown them before, and have never seen a big flower like this on a tomato. They are a huge ugly beefie.
Courgette flower. I picked the first green courgette, only one, and a couple of small yellow ones this morning. The yellow ones ( Goldrush) seem to be much slower growing than the green one.
And last but by no means least ( I am really excited about these!) There are gem squashes on the plants. They are really teeny, and some little bug has taken a small nibble out of the first one, but obviously didn't like it very much so thankfully stopped! I planted three of these and they have suddenly sprung into life. There were a lot of male flowers, but finally, some squashes have appeared.
NIWA gave their long range forecast yesterday. Supposedly Northland is going to have a tropical summer - very hot, very humid and lengthy periods of time between rain but when it comes it will be of the tropical sort - like a months rain in a day. Anyone know how to protect veggies from this sort of rain?