It is Sunday and I’m banging away on the computer. It’s The Garden Share Collective month and as per usual I always leave the important things to last!
Well goes without saying that we have 2 clucky chooks. The agenda for these girls is simple. Breakfast and dinner time, carefully remove them from their nest and pop them outside for their tucker, toilet and liquid top up. Chances are, if you don’t, they will forego the meal. Are they sitting on eggs? No, of course not. I diligently remove them when they appear, as being a chicken Mum needs a ‘wee’ bit of organisation.
Don’t know about you β¦ but Chrissy has snuck up on me yet again this year. I’m completely disorganised and haven’t done a thing for Christmas yet. And, I’m absolutely dreading the thought of Christmas shopping which every year is manic!
Christmas day at Frog Pond Farm of course, is the same as every other day of the year. The list of ‘must dos’ never changes – feed all the animals and the chooks, jab the diabetic cat who is doing famously now he has been diagnosed, walk on the beach and then launch into the prep for the evening Chrissy BBQ with the neighbours. Yay! Really looking forward to that. Mustn’t forget to order the ‘free range ham’.
So what is happening in the Bonner’s garden this month? Well I removed about 25 garlic plants yesterday from one of the raised beds. Have to be honest, I don’t know why I keep planting them in the raised beds each year, truth is they don’t grow brilliantly in this space. Makes me think it might be a water issue. As to why I keep on doing this? Who knows! So after hauling these out, I prepped the bed for the next residents. Gorgeous home made compost, sweet smelling stuff with lots of chunky carbon bits and loads of slimey worms. This plus coffee grounds and wood ash was dumped onto the bed and then trenches dug and lined with comfrey. Into this space went Rua spuds all sprouting and the remainder of the Lisetta and Nadine potatoes. Cover them up and hose them in.
I also poked in a Jack be Little pumpkin and a Marketmore cucumber. These went into RB4 which is currently the home of loads of garlic which I shall take out in the next 2 weeks or so. This bed is going to be my 3 sisters garden (4 actually sunflowers are going in here too). As you can see I’m planting this bed in stages. More on that bed soon ..
The growth in the orchard is significant although the fruit crops aren’t. The winds have removed lots of fruit which is disappointing. The pears and peaches seem to have really copped a hammering. The Turkish quince is as ever looking fluffy and gorgeous. Very photogenic! Time for another seaweed fert spray, which with a bit of coaxing Andrew just might do today.
We are harvesting, lettuce and beetroot which get stuffed into the juicer daily. Very tasty indeed. Still eating spring onions, and loads of herbs. We have just started munching on those lovely dwarf beans and I even picked my first zucchini yesterday. Wow the start of zucchini in everything!
As for those very special Egyptian Walking Onions, as I have never grown these before harvesting them is going to be hit and miss, in saying that I suspect that we will be munching on them very soon and into the New Year.
Let’s face it, there is always loads to do in the garden. Keep the water up to the pumpkin in the secret garden. Slosh about some comfrey tea over the spud & salad beds. Give the newly planted chillies lots of TLC. Check the cucurbit family for any signs of powdery mildew. Spend hours on my roses removing diseased leaves, spraying with organic stuff and wondering why on earth I just don’t pull them all out!
Remove all the garlic (there is at least another 100 plants!) Then there is the red onion crop to haul out, but I that looks like it will be a New Year job!
Speaking of the NY .. I’m going to bring in a few more chooks. One of the ‘rare breeds’ I think, perhaps a couple more of the Lavender sussex.
Our neighbour has about 13 piglets which I am busting to photograph. I zoomed over to see them yesterday camera in hand, but Mrs P wasn’t letting me near them. I’m patient!
Well that’s it for me. Thanks so much Lizzie for your wonderful Garden Share Collective. It is so nice being part of a group of people, who like me who love their garden!