Began way back in the snowy winter of 2010, this blog continues to follow the progress of an English cottage garden throughout each of the very varied gardening seasons.

The gardens of Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate - PHZ 8, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!


5 January 2011

Eggsact Statistics:

2010 Egg production:

  • June.....29
  • July....116
  • Aug...122
  • Sep...116
  • Oct....113
  • Nov...107
  • Dec.....98              TOTAL LAID: 701

Total sales @ £1 per half dozen: £22.00
Corn/Layers Mash::                     £27.49

Total number of eggs given away or enjoyed by ourselves - erm..... about 569?  We found only one with a double yoke but I figure we're well in pocket despite the extra time spent raking and tidying up after them.  The cost of housing is not factored in as we figure that it was a capital expense and in any case we enjoyed building all the additions!  Other bonuses include far fewer slugs and snails eating the Hostas etc..  Major downside was the fact that they discovered the vegetable patch but it took them until September!  We plan to fence around it before spring - another cost but I daresay that we'll enjoy doing that too.  Can I argue that fact that they keep us fitter?  Also, they're always let out at 8:00am on the dot which means that Al brings up the morning coffee - MAJOR bonus!!! Who wants to be an egg millionaire anyway?

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