26 March 2017 5:04pm – Black Chicken Preserves

If anyone would like to see our full range of Marmalades, Jams and Jellies, I’ve updated the webpage to include today’s new creations. Check out BlackChickenPreserves.com and let us know if you would like any.

Hope you all had a great weekend. I’m going to go put my feet up now :)

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26 March 2017 2:31pm – Strawberry Jam!

And finally, more strawberry jam, this time in small jars.

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26 March 2017 12:19am – Strawberry and Apple Jam!

And Strawberry and Apple Jam :)

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26 March 2017 11:22am – Passionfruit and Apple Jelly!

Passionfruit and Apple Jelly (conserve) now on the go!

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26 March 2017 9:25am – Chilli Jam!

Chilli Jam in the making!

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21 March 2017 2:20pm – Germinating Seeds

If you’re like me, and are notoriously bad at getting seeds to germinate, these tips might help.

QUICK AND SIMPLE TIPS FOR GERMINATING SEEDS YOURSELF

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19 March 2017 7:51am – New Crop of Greens

And the first of the new greens are in! Phew! These beds were topped up with a layer of compost, a scattering of rooster booster, chopped up lucerne, a generous sprinkle of dolomite, and more compost. Then cos lettuce, green oak lettuce, pak choy, silverbeet (red chard), nero kale and spinach went in. They look a bit flat now because I’ve just watered them with seasol, but they’ll perk up. They’ve also been planted quite close (10-15cm apart) as I’m going to try out the biointensive method of cramming them in a bit closer to shade out weeds and keep the soil cooler.

When it gets a bit later (and the neighbours won’t complain about me banging around (our worm farm has a metal fencing panel roof)) I’ll put a doughnut of worm castings around each one, water them all again and mulch with cane mulch. The spinach in the second pic will also get a shade-cloth cover as they’ll be in more full sun than the others and its not yet cooled off quite enough for their liking.

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19 March 2017 7:00am – Rosellas and Chillies

I’m getting the distinct feeling that there may be some rosella jam and chilli jam in our future too … :)

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18 March 2017 10:09am – Strawberry Jam!

Yay for ‘seconds’ strawberries! Strawberry jam will shortly be back on the menu :)

$5 for a 250ml jar

Edit: we seem to have run out of 250ml jars, so will be doing 375’s instead. These will be $6ea.

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15 March 2017 6:26pm – Orchard-to-be

Going through the pics that I took on our trip up to the farm on Saturday, and I think these two are my favourites. They may not look like much, but one day, this will be our orchard overlooked by gorgeous blue skies :)

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