Our Spring Garden

Spring #Gardening - An Island Family By Grace

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.

Spring Gardening ~ An Island Family By Grace

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.

Chicken Dramas

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.

Spring Gardening - An Island Family By Grace

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.

Spring Garden - An Island Family By Grace

The view from our kitchen window last Wednesday



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.

Spring Gardening - An Island Family By Grace

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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8 Comments on “Our Spring Garden

  1. Hi, Gwen. I’m visiting you from the Monday Musing link-up at “What Joy is Mine”. I live in the Midwest U.S, and we are also gearing up for gardening season. Sounds like you have been quite busy with preparations, but it looks like you are off to a good start. So sorry to hear of the unfortunate incidents with the baby chicks!! Hopefully new ones will be hatching soon!! Blessings to you and your family!

    • Hi Ann 🙂 Yes, it was a shame about the chicks. Two have now hatched from the next clutch, so that’s a start. Thanks for your comment!

  2. It’s a great thing to try new ways of gardening. Hubby grows some veggies and it’s very exciting to eat food you grow yourself! I’m glad you had some success with the chicks.
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    • Thank you 🙂 I agree, it’s very satisfying eating what you have grown yourself. Our seedlings are coming on well, so hopefully we will have some home grown food to enjoy soon!

  3. Looks like your off to a good start on your garden. Sorry about your chicks. It has been raining so much here in Texas that our garden isn’t doing well at all. It’s waterlogged and the weeds are starting to take over. I’m going to have to replant everything and its too late in our season for things like cabbage, kale, and potatoes.
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    • Thank you Alisha, and sorry to hear you’ve had so much rain making things difficult. A large amount of rain is par for the course here, so our polytunnel, and hopefully some raised beds in the future, will make things a wee bit more productive. Hope you manage to grow a decent amount once it’s replanted.

    • Thank you Vickie! We have had great weather this week, so things are growing much better now, and I have been planting more out 🙂

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