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Comment by Sealander on May 20, 2009 at 3:19pm
So, you've watched far too many episodes of River Cottage, and you're quite taken with the idea of producing some good quality meat for your family, but maybe you don't have the space, or the time.......Well, I have a proposition for you. I have two young roosters that are surplus to requirements. They're approaching 5 months old, raised on organic feed and vegetables, and the occasional finger :)
Because they're Araucanas which are primarily an egg laying breed and slow to mature, they're not very meaty birds, but could be fattened up a bit further if desired.
Why aren't I eating them? As I'm the only person in my household who eats chicken, I feel it would be a waste to slaughter them just for my own consumption. It's easier to justify if they're going to feed a whole family. Since I'm raising a few chicks as replacement layers every year, I would expect I'm going to have several surplus roosters each time, so if there is someone who wants to have a go at butchering some chickens and who'd like to come to some sort of barter arrangement, let me know.
Comment by Sarah Gallagher on April 30, 2009 at 4:52pm
Thanks Sealander!
Comment by Sealander on April 29, 2009 at 11:55am
Regarding the peastraw, you can buy it from Crusaders Gardenmakers - I just get them to add a couple of bales when I get my firewood delivered.
Comment by Jenny Harkerss on April 24, 2009 at 8:18am
Hi there, Brand new member just now. Don't know how to download photo. Can anyone help? Have good quality Saffron available in 0.3 gm lots which is enough to add to 2-3 meals. Grow organically.
Comment by Jo Drysdall on April 21, 2009 at 6:24pm
Hi guys, I'm fairly new to this myself but I believe the idea is to arrange actual swaps via the inboxes on your member pages? (Let me know if it works, hee hee!)
Comment by Sarah Gallagher on April 20, 2009 at 5:06pm
Hey Joey, the standard mint has died back but I can dig out some for you. I also ahve creeping mint and Vietnamese mint which is really easy to propagate. Let me know, ok. :)
Comment by Vivien Field on April 18, 2009 at 8:54pm
Sarah, I have both Peastraw (large bales of which some is left) and Jo, I would be interested in the Heirloom Tomato seeds, which have you got? I have plenty of collected flowers seeds at the moment and some newly growing Tamarillo seedlings in the greenhouse if anyone would like some. They are the Red skin and flesh ones. Anyone interested in seeds for Russian Giant sunflowers we have HEAPS of the seeds available
Comment by Sarah Gallagher on April 13, 2009 at 3:31pm
Apparently there is no peastraw in CHCH and I'm desperate for something to mulch my huge vege gardens and herb garden. I've heard sheep dags are good - anyone have a source?
Comment by Sarah Gallagher on March 27, 2009 at 7:12pm
I have more sorrel than I know what to do with, its' started self sowing, as have the marigolds. I also have seed for both of these and sunflowers. I've lots of vietnamese mint too if anyone is interested.
Comment by Jo Drysdall on February 11, 2009 at 10:35pm
Hi, I've been getting my garden established in our new place over the last year, but I'd be keen to know how many other Christchurch folk have produce or seeds to share about. I have a bunch of heirloom tomatoes I'll save seed from this season, and I have purple urenika potatoes which I'll be digging in a few weeks. (It's only a small crop so I'd only be able to give away a few as seed potatoes, rather than food quantities at this stage.)

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