Well it was yesterday and the good news is, there is only 3 months to go!
I’ve decided it’s time for another rooster .. my girls seem to be suffering from ‘Rooster blues’. They appear to be missing male companionship and are in need of a lad to curtail their ‘hen pecking’ ways.
Meet Polly ..
Me, well I miss my 5.30am alarm crow. I’m thinking a Langshan rooster … a fine looking black chicken.
At last, all my brassica seedlings have finally made it into the big wide world and are ensconced in raised beds topped up with homemade compost full of worms. They have had a good dusting of rok solid fertiliser, woodash and a sprinkling of coffee grounds. A couple have even been stuffed into plastic milk bottles for added warmth and protection from those slugs. As I loathe sharing with the slimeys, I have 2 slug traps at either end of the bed full of water, sugar and yeast. I’m yet to catch one …
I sowed some broad beans the other day into a raised bed with more homemade compost. I spaced them out approx 15cm and poked them into rows about 5cm deep. This bed has had a variety of fab organic matter added and dug in, think seaweed and food scraps from my Bokasi bin. Plus, there has been a thick layer of mulch on this bed for ages which has been breaking down and adding more tucker for the soil life. It will be interesting to see how long the beans take to wake up and get growing, as I normally plant seedlings much earlier than this. Winter weather will no doubt slow this whole process down – let’s see.
Self seeded unripe pumpkin … LOL
Ah but those peas are showing off and have grabbed the trellis and are doing a fine job of flowering, which given they get a ‘shake up’ from the destructive northeast wind is encouraging.
The salad garden appears to be on steroids .. which is amazing given the time of year.
Massive fennel plants, large healthy beetroot, self seeded coriander and lots of lettuces (thanks Bob), herbs, bok choy and spring onions which have been given a haircut and are going to get stuffed into this space tomorrow.
I’m still hoisting out weeds, taking photos of fungi, poking daffs into the dirt (yes I’m very late), trying to prune the olive trees when rain isn’t on the horizon, thrusting cold fingers into gloves and keeping my eye out on those chilly mornings for Jack Frost!
How is your garden? I hope you are enjoying it … Have you planted your garlic yet? I haven’t …
More beach shots 😉