Month: August 2015

Growing Organic Pecan Nuts

Pecan nuts are one of my favourite nuts to eat, they are simply delicious straight out the shell or baked in a pie. Every winter the nuts fall to the ground and children and adults alike love picking them up when we have get-togethers at the house.  Pecan nut trees grow very large and like very fertile dark soil with a lot of water, especially young trees that are establishing a root system. You can grow pecan nut trees from seed, but they are difficult to germinate. They require stratification, which  is a procedure that tries to mimic Nature by placing the nuts in cold moist place like a fridge for three months to break down the enzymes  that prevent the nut from germinating in winter. I am experimenting with different ways to germinate the seeds to see which way is the easiest and which way produces the best results.

First Post, First Eggs

So I thought that it would be fitting to start off the new blog with a picture of the first eggs my hens ever laid. These were laid by two hens from my first group of four Blue Leghorn chicks that I bought. They were only three weeks old when I bought them home and I loved them from day 1. They were so cute with their fluffy little bodies and big feet. It was great to see them enjoying their new environment.

These eggs were laid yesterday in a very secret spot in my yard, so secret I almost missed them. I took the two eggs (Leghorns lay white eggs) and the next morning there was another egg, this time a brown one which means that it was laid by a different breed, either one of the Potch Koekoeks or Boschvelds. Because the hens are still young the eggs are a bit smaller than they would be when the hen is older and also the Leghorn is thought of as a medium to small breed so the eggs are also not very large even when they get to their full size.