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Funny shaped vegetables

A photographically irrestistible protruberance, vegetable rejectamenta and preparations for winter.

Pigs

We gave the pigs some fresh straw bedding in their hut. Surprisingly it has stayed dry inside despite all the recent rain. They have been happily munching away at our vegetable rejectamenta, including partially rotten apples, along with their usual dry feed.

Ignoring its intended purpose, the pigs like to climb into their trough to feed, and try to shove each other out.

Ignoring its intended purpose, the pigs like to climb into their trough to feed, and try to shove each other out.

Tomatoes

The tomato season has finished. They will no longer ripen. So the plants have been removed, and the remaining fruits harvested. We have hundreds of green ones which can be made in to chutney; Lee-Anne has kindly offered to do this for the members if they donate a small amount of money for the other ingredients. The remainining ripe tomatoes are all of the black variety, which turn partially red when ripening. They are quite a beautiful-looking fruit.

Green tomato chutney is rather tasty and a great way to use up something that might otherwise go to waste.

Green tomato chutney is rather tasty and a great way to use up something that might otherwise go to waste.

One of those harvested had a protruberance which made an irresistible photographic subject, for those of us with a liking for amusingly-shaped vegetables.

One of those harvested had a protruberance which made an irresistible photographic subject, for those of us with a liking for amusingly-shaped vegetables.

Turkeys

We unfortunately lost one of our turkeys during the week, to a mysterious death. Apparently this is a common occurance and we buy more turkeys that we expect to be able to harvest. One does wonder why it happens though when there’s no obvious cause.

The remaining turkeys seem happy enough and we will have to wait and see whether they all make it to the festive season.

The remaining turkeys seem happy enough and we will have to wait and see whether they all make it to the festive season.

Warren made a herding stick holder, as we're fed up of finding the canes (useful for herding poultry back into their sheds) on the ground and sometimes in doo doo.

Warren made a herding stick holder, as we’re fed up of finding the canes (useful for herding poultry back into their sheds) on the ground and sometimes in doo doo.

Winter preparations

Work goes on to put fresh manure on the soil and prepare sticks for tying vegetables to.

New volunteers Emily and Richard bring wheelbarrows of manure.

New volunteers Emily and Richard bring wheelbarrows of manure.

Lee-Anne explores various stick configurations.

Lee-Anne explores various stick configurations.

Geraldine encourages new growth.

Geraldine encourages new growth.

Garlic harvesting

Sorting through the garlic for harvest. Each one of those cloves if planted will grow into a new plant.

Sorting through the garlic for harvest. Each one of those cloves if planted will grow into a new plant.

Wheat area

New volunteer Richard and Elaine (later helped by newbie Emily) did a fab job getting the ground ready for the sowing of wheat

New volunteer Richard and Elaine (later helped by newbie Emily) did a fab job getting the ground ready for the sowing of wheat

Trailer tantrums, another shed move, turkeys and Zorro the pig arrive on site Fox holes, woodworm and turkey jam