Farm Life: Guinea Fowl and Seeds

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Each week I am going to share with you the progress of setting up our farm, which will eventually run as a CSA. So I thought that I had better introduce you to the land we have. At the moment it is dry the grass is brown and the only green things around are the trees, which we don’t have too many of on our block. Below is the plan for 2013, get some fruit trees happening, build the vegetable garden. We can finally tick off the chicken mansion because it is finished and we have 24 guinea fowl currently living here.

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On Wednesday last week we picked up our new additions to the farm. Our first animals, guinea fowl which I think are all lavender in colour. Most people know them as very noisy and would ask why would you want them. Right now they are very cute and I hope to train them up as they are not the smartest birds alive. The first part of training these crazy birds is to get to know me, know where they are meant to roost and eat many bugs. Guinea fowl are known for eating ticks and is one of their favourite foods. We have 13 little babies, who are currently living on top of our washing machine in the bathroom, in three weeks time they will be added to the rest of the flock who moved directly into the chicken mansion. Down there we have 3 that are only three weeks old and 8 that are two months old. Over the past few days they are getting more use to my voice and know that I will be bringing food for them.

Our neighbor has guinea fowl, and they seem to do a great job of eating bugs. I have been told that they will also chase snakes of your block of land too. Guineas are pack animals, so where one goes, they all go. I will do a blog post one day and tell you all about them.

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We have also been clearing a bit more of the elephant grass back, to make more room for growing vegetables. Roy got a bit carried away on Saturday with the tractor and got it bogged in the creek. We will be setting up beans, zucchini and cucumbers out here. We just need to build the trellis for the beans to climb on. The elephant grass is tough as old boots, it needs to be dug out of the ground and left to die. Either that or maybe I can convince Roy we should get some piggies to dig them out. I looked the other day for some to buy and I could pick up a piglet for $60 it was a wessex saddleback and they make good bacon.

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Roy deserved a victory beer after getting the tractor out of the creek.

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We also started our next lot of seeds, this time with a different technique. Instead of all the seeds going into one box and then separating them, they will be easier to handle in individual containers. After ordering ten new things from Eden Seeds to try, which we will plant out as soon as we get them. We started a few things here, zucchini, okra, lettuce, salad mellow, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, silverbeet and cabbage.  The beans and peas will be sown directly into the ground.

Tell me what are your standard veggies you eat at home?

I want to know, so I can try and grow them at my place. My usually shop would be broccoli, zucchini, onions, garlic, carrots (occasionally), tomatoes, cucumber, celery (occasionally), beans and loads of silverbeet. On the odd occasion I would buy squashes, beets, eggplant and pumpkin.

 

 

Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to help people live a life with passion & purpose without people-pleasing, imposter syndrome and seeking approval at www.lizziemoult.com.
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8 Responses

  1. This is really the stuff that dreams are made of – congrats on all of your hard work thus far and I can’t wait to see how the farm progresses over the coming months. The little fowl are so adorable! I’m jealous of your future CSA 😉

  2. I love that you’re setting up your own farm. I suspect I would fail spectacularly at it being brought up in the city but I often dream about doing it one day. Btw I looooved seeing all those adorable guinea fowl on your instagram. SOOO CUTE 🙂

  3. Aww the little chicks are just adorable. Love following your adventure!
    Ok our weekly shop usually has broccoli, carrots, spinach, capsicum, mushrooms, avo, lemons, beans/snowpeas/whatever I can get in that family, zucchini and maybe eggplant.

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