Spring has been topsy turvey on the weather front. Nice cold mornings including -6, very warm days up to 23, 70km winds and NO RAIN. It is very very dry. Spring always likes to throw a weather curve ball and it certainly has so far.
Our two female geese Netta the elder and Thelma, her 2 year old daughter, are both sitting on eggs and taking impending motherhood very seriously, being cross with intruders of any species and barking warnings at one and all. Manuel Talouse the Goose, Mani for short, the father to be, spends most of his time forlorn and alone with brief stints as the knight in shining amour protecting his maidens. Another two weeks should see a significant extension to our goose family.
A final reminder for this week is that in this dry weather, it is really important to make sure there is plenty of water available for all your stock. Ducks need lots of water. All the poultry are drinking much more and this will only increase as the weather continues to heat up. We also need to remember to have shallow bowls of water with rocks and twigs for bees and other insects to access around the garden. These smaller creatures in times of drought also need to have water available.
Bronwyn Richards has cared for animals and has been growing vegetables successfully all her adult life. She is principle gardener for Wynlen House Farm