Posted on May 2, 2016
Our Spring Garden
One of my health goals for this year is to grow more food in our garden. Being pregnant has slowed this down a little, but we have still been germinating seedlings and planting them out in our polytunnel. So far in our spring garden, we have peas, bok choi (I think!), and garlic out there, and I have basil, peas, courgette, cabbage and lettuce growing on a window cill in the house.
Growing More Food
I was given some money for my birthday, and have used this to order apple trees, rhubarb, and climbing strawberry plants which I will put in the polytunnel, to grow up onto the crop bars. We already have five elder trees in that garden that I planted last year. They have not grown much bigger, and I think it is because I did not keep a clear area of compost around each sapling, free from grass. My husband has also been moving shrubs out of the border in our front garden, so that we will be able to grow food there.
Back to Eden Method
During the winter, we enjoyed watching the free online film Back to Eden, which describes the method of gardening used by Christian man Paul Gautschi, and so we were inspired to start using his method to convert more of our garden for growing food. My husband now has a wood chipper (translation: new toy!), which he has been using to shred up some of the larger waste wood from the garden that was not gathered for kindling by our helpful friends who came and worked in the garden during the Easter holidays! We will use this as mulch over the cardboard and compost that we are putting down where we want to grow food.
All the chicks we hatched last year are now laying, and our son has begun selling the eggs. We have had some excitement with our chickens over recent weeks, although sadly not in a good way. During the Easter holidays when our friends were here, one of our broody mums hatched 12 little chicks. Unfortunately, about 3 days later, all but one of the chicks had disappeared overnight. Both the broody coop and run doors had been bolted shut, so the only wild animal small enough to have fitted through the chicken wire could have been a least weasel. It is disappointing, but thankfully we have had another broody hen who is willing to sit on eggs, which should hatch within the next week or so.
The second disappointment with the chickens came in the last week, when the remaining chick from the ‘disappeared’ clutch died during the cold snap we had. We had snow and hail for four days running, which sadly seems to have been enough to finish it off, despite it apparently eating and drinking well. And I suppose that although the chick was snuggled under its mum, it did not have the added warmth of its brothers and sisters around it. The children were a bit sad, but hopefully the weather will be a bit warmer for the next batch of chicks. I don’t think we will hatch any so early next year.
On a slightly happier note, one of our neighbour’s soay sheep has had the first lambs of the year, and more are on the way, so at least we can see some new spring life there.
What are you growing in your spring garden? Have you made any changes to your garden this year? Please tell me about it in a comment.
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