Monday Harvest – 1st July 2013

I am very excited to report that this week saw our first ever egg.  A lovely small, slightly speckled, one:

Egg

I’m not sure which hen laid it and neither she nor any of the others have laid once since (3 days ago) but it was still extremely exciting.  We ate it, in combination with a couple of eggs I bought at the Farmers Market, in French Toast.

Otherwise my harvests were a little on the meagre side.  A few Tahitian Limes for guacamole:

Tahitian Limes

Any number of handfuls of lettuce leaves for salad and sandwiches;

Lettuce

And the usual herbs, spring onions and the occasional chilli:

Spring Onions, mint & chilli

That’s it from this corner of the world for this week, next week I’m hoping for a little more variety but in the meantime head of to Daphne’s to see what she and a host of others have harvested this week.

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33 Responses to Monday Harvest – 1st July 2013

  1. How exciting to get a ‘home’ produced egg. I hope your girls are soon laying more

    • Liz says:

      Since that we have one more from the same hen and another from one of the other two. So one more to start laying.

  2. Bek says:

    How exciting! I had my first egg too this week – such a joyous moment to see it in the laying box. The rest of the harvest looks great too.

    • Liz says:

      Congratulations on yours too. Lovely that yours are using the laying box, mine have laid their eggs in front of the box so far….

  3. Patsy says:

    What an exciting thing to get that first egg! The lettuce leaves and onions look so fresh and spring-y too, the taste of good things to come!

  4. grafixmuse says:

    Congratulations on your first egg! Is is a beauty! I can’t wait until mine begin laying.

  5. Daphne says:

    That egg must be so exciting. I occasionally dream of fresh eggs, but the closest I think I’m going to get is the farmers market.

  6. Hope that first lovely egg was savoured! How exciting to have home-grown limes too, all the lovely fresh salads you can create, including lime juice, spring onions and herbs.

  7. Sarah says:

    That’s a very fine looking first egg – won’t be long before the other girls get the idea and start laying too!

  8. Ailsa says:

    I remember our first egg too, and the post about it! It is very exciting. I still get excited everyday collecting the eggs.

  9. Shawn Ann says:

    Oh how exciting to have your first egg. Someday I hope to live in a home where chickens are allowed! I had them when I was a kid. The rest of your harvest is looking good too. You are doing really well making your garden last through out the year!

    • Liz says:

      It seems something of a struggle this year – the crops don’t seem to be doing as well as in previous seasons.

  10. Jodie says:

    HOW EXCITING! I just assumed your girls would already be at it (and that mine were fussy heritage breed laggards)- I guess that gets my girls off the hook for a little longer.

    • Liz says:

      We have now had our second egg as it was just as exciting as the first. I wonder if the 26th will be as good….

  11. Michelle says:

    What a beautiful little egg. 🙂 The first of many I’m sure. It looks like some lovely harvests, especially for the dead of winter.

  12. Lrong says:

    Congratulations! Incidentally, we are also raising chickens for the first time in our property…

  13. Nina says:

    I share your excitement! And how bizarre that yours are just starting and mine have ‘laid’ off for the winter. We’re not so far apart, as the crow flies.

    I’m having an extended hungry gap. Nothing much happening out there apart from parsley and a spattering of chillis. I’ll just need to be patient until other things kick in.

    I have two limes that have finally matured on the patio lime which I’m growing in a tub. Hmm. I thought that the plant would be miniature – not the fruit! They are TINY. Hardly worth the effort.

    • Liz says:

      I don’t have much in the garden at the moment either, my garden just doesn’t get enough sun in June what with the shortened daylight houses, longer shadows and my neighbours trees.

  14. Andrea says:

    Its eggciting!!!! did one of the children find it ? I love seeing the expression of surprise on childrens faces when they find an egg and then carry it so carefully in their little hands. Hope all is well in Melb………

  15. Congrats on the egg. It’s a great feeling isn’t it. Our chickens seem to have wound down for the winter, along with the garden. I recently discovered I no longer have a chilli plant thanks to the husband’s over-zealous garden re-arranging. Am jealous of yours.

    • Liz says:

      Oh no! I have to say my partner is advised to steer well clear of gardening rearrangement for that very reason.

  16. Congratulations on the egg! I’m going to print out your post and pin it up in my chook house to remind my ladies what they’re supposed to be doing! At least from your experience and some of the other comments hopefully mine might get back into it soon…

  17. Louise says:

    May you never get over the simple pleasure of picking up your own eggs each morning. I don’t think I will ever tire of it.

  18. Anyone tried quail for a small garden. I’m now obsessed by quail rearing for eggs

    I now have about 12 and a moment getting 4 a day. Should increase to 10 with spring coming

    Our compost has never been better and they get all the small snails we collect the night before for their breakfast

    • Liz says:

      How interesting. There are a couple of bloggers in the US who grow on quail for meat. Have a look at Simply Self Sufficiency. That link takes you to a post on butchering them. From memory I think she incubates the eggs to raise them. I like the idea of quail as a way of getting rid of snails.

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