Organic (BIO) – The BIG question

Considering my small experiment of trying to hatch some chickens, I started to search for solutions to feed them. I’m not a “only-BIO” addict, but I try to find solutions to feed my family as close to the natural way as possible, so I also want to feed my pets the natural way.

I know that small chicks can be feed naturally using egg yolk and cornmeal, but being at work most of the day I was searching for some baby chick crumbs to feed them. And guess what, there are no organic baby chick crumbs to buy in our country. Many say that their products are natural, but none organic. They also contains medications. Maybe for a big grower that is ok, but not for me.

Now the BIG question that occur to my mind – what the “organic (BIO)-certified” poultry growers feed their birds in our country? I suppose they don’t boil hundreds of eggs and mince them to feed the baby chicks.

Hmmm?

Hatching chicken eggs – experiment

Last weekend we went to the countryside to see and aunt. There, my girl saw some white bantam chickens. She loved them so much, it was love at first sight ๐Ÿ™‚

So we asked for some eggs to hatch. We got 4 eggs ๐Ÿ™‚

And then the adventure begun. We ordered a 4 eggs incubator and waited patiently for it to arrived.

Meanwhile we put the eggs in a thermobag keeping them at 8-12 C and turning them daily.

Finally the incubator arrived and Saturday we set it up.

I have a feeling that the next 21 days will pass very slowly, keeping an eye on the eggs waiting for the little chicks to hatch ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep your fingers crossed for our little experiment to succeed ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunflower Microgreens

In winter we don’t really have much fresh greens to eat, but we can try microgreens. There is a large variety we can choose from and they are so easy to grow. I choose to grow this time the sunflower microgreens and they are delicious. It seems to me that they grow relatively slow, but they are juicy and have a taste similar to fresh raw sunflower seeds.

You can harvest all at once, or just cut them when needed as long as they are still in the “two-leaves” stage. Mine are not all sprouted at the same time so I just cut and use them as they grow. They are delicious in salads or spread on top of a sandwich. I use them on my sandwiches as they are not enough to make a salad ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe next time I’ll use some more seeds in order to have more sprouts at the same time, but for now this will do.

Do you grow microgreens and if you do what type do you prefer?

Carolina Reaper

Everyone who followed my blog until now knows how addicted I am to hot chili peppers. I love them from fresh to preserved, in chocolate, ice cream, tea, you name it ๐Ÿ™‚

This year, along with other varieties, I’m going to grow the Carolina Reaper, the hottest chili pepper in the worldย declared by Guinness World Records in 2013.

I sowed 21 seeds two weeks ago in an improvised propagator.

Today, when I checked them, I saw that few have already started to sprout

I am so curious if I will be able to taste them or they are just too hot to be consumed.

I think I will need just one pepper to make a whole batch of spicy sauce jars for the whole coming winter ๐Ÿ™‚

Have any of you tried this pepper?

Aloe

I just got myself a huge aloe vera plant. I wanted a real aloe vera for so long and now I found one. There are so many aloe varieties but only few of them are suppose to be edible.

Well, no, I’m not going to eat it ๐Ÿ™‚ but I am going to use its leaves when needed to extract the gel for medicinal purposes.

I also found recently that aloe vera can be used as an ingredient to prepare a rooting gel. So I will give it a try when I’ll propagate my herbs. The recipe for the rooting gel is simple. You need to mix : 3 tablespoons of aloe gel freshly extracted (contains natural hormones that stimulates root growth), 1 tablespoon of honey (contains enzymes that stimulates root growth and also have anti-bacterial properties) and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (has anti-fungal properties).

So I think I made a good acquisition, is good for me and for my garden.

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