Keeping the chooks out: Saving the vegetable patch11:37:00
Its a happy day today in the paddock as I finally get to write about garden happenings again. Yippee!!
For once, things are not actually getting destroyed by chooks or children. It really is progress. Up until now this is what has been going on...
Our lovely flock of four has now dwindled to two. I think I told you how the neighbours dog got one of the Barnevelders after coming under the fence not that long ago. Unfortunately since then we have lost another. Suicide.
Accidental suicide I think.
The poor old dear went to fly over the picket fence behind the veggie patch pictured in the second pic and well, she must have slipped and she got her head stuck between the pickets and hung herself. I know, how terrible.
Hugh discovered it of course, when the midwife was here doing the home visit after Oliver was born. It certainly made for an interesting visit!
The broad beans were the only crop to survive the scratchings and wrath of the chickens and they were growing great guns. Hugh of course only just last week decided that they needed a chop and hacked them with the new secateurs. Not happy Jan.
Luckily some of them still have life and beans to come. They do make a lovely back drop in this currently dull corner of the yard if anything.
...And just when you think all is lost in this patch, leaves from a strawberry seedling have suddenly appeared out of the dirt.
Don't you just love gardening surprises like this?
Two sweet pea seedlings from the last planting have also survived front and centre behind the wire at the end of the other veggie patch. I am nurturing these babies like you wouldn't believe.
As you can see above, this was all that remained of this said veggie patch. Just the wire mesh and my climbing stakes.
And now the best bit....
On Sunday while most dads were out playing with their kids and unwrapping presents of aftershave and useless car accessories for Fathers day, I put this dad to work and
For a mornings work, he did a bloody good job too. Thanks Cam.
Now finally I can grow veggies again and I will have something to keep me occupied in the backyard and something to look after other than children.
Remember the stakes that I drilled with my own two hands? They have yet to fulfil their purpose for the climbing and sweet peas. Hopefully now with the chook proofing of the patches, they will finally get used as planned.
You always need a helper in the garden. Though I don't think I recall telling her to taste the soil to see if its any good.
Watching and learning from the best.
It may not look pretty but I think the patches are now safe from the chooks. Good old chicken wire, star pickets and stakes.
I think you could say they are pretty well child proofed as well.
Heck I reckon I could even escape the wrath of crazy, crying children and enclose myself in there if need be and actually finish a cup of tea perhaps. He he.
With both patches done and a forecast of rain on the cards I also planted the bag of potatoes that were sitting in the shed for goodness knows how long. I have never grown potatoes before so this could be interesting.
It felt really good to be out there again, thinking about all the good things we can grow and I can't wait to plant more.
Lucky one of our local markets is happening on the weekend so Ill be able to pick up a few good bargains and plant the patches out.
Been out in the garden lately? What are you growing?
Have you started a new spring garden project?
Potato growing tips please?
Thanks for visiting today