Learning about poultry
When I was a child, visits to friends almost always involved home tours; now, I’m more likely to be shown the garden.
Take Jo, for example, whose back garden is regularly invaded by tradescantia coming under the fence. Jo’s ingenious solution was to create a fenced chook run along the borders of her most prized plantings. Good-bye weeds; hello free greens and healthy hens!
Tradescantia and poultry: these are the subjects of two upcoming events with RECAP, the Society for the Resilience and Engagement of Ashhurst and Pohangina. All are invited to celebrate Earth Day by helping weed tradescantia from the Ashhurst Domain.
Our focus will be releasing giant maidenhair fern on the bush floor. Tradescantia contains a mild skin irritant, so volunteers are advised to wear protective gloves and shoes and clothing that cover the skin. No tools are necessary, but bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine.
Volunteers are invited to a Free BBQ afterwards, courtesy of Horizons Regional Council. For weeding, meet in the Ashhurst Domain parking lot between the playground and cemetery at 9am on Saturday, 22 April. The BBQ will start around 11am.
On Saturday, 29 April, RECAP is again offering our popular backyard poultry workshops.
Tutor Phil Stevens has decades of experience keeping chooks and ducks.
Phil loves his birds, and his emphasis will be on providing a good environment for them, with a secondary focus on making use of chooks as a gardener. If you’re after a live demo of wing clipping, or if you want a discussion of different chook house designs, this workshop is for you.
Workshop fees are only $10 per participant.
Register at http://recap.org.nz. At the time of writing, our 1pm-4pm workshop had all but sold out, and we’ve opened a second one from 9am-12pm on the same day.
RECAP tutor Phil Stevens shows off the stars of his upcoming poultry workshop.