Winter in the Garden

So, what’s been happening out in the garden since the attack of the Chicken-zilla’s? Not much for a while, I needed some time to cool off I think. However last weekend I was inspired to get some dirt under my nails.

First, I transplanted a few roses from their temporary pots to the raised garden bed. I knew they wouldn’t survive another summer in their pots, as they had been ripped out of our old garden in a hurry before we moved, and thrown into pots at random. July is a great time to transplant them, I gave them a really hard prune and it’s already paying off, less than a week later!

While at the hardware store, I found some poor sad $1 punnets of coriander and silver beet, along with a single Baby Broccoli plant, also $1. They came home with me, into a bucket of worm tea for the night, and then planted out the next day into the vegetable garden. A bit of sunshine, a lot of rain and they are starting to pick up already! It just feels really good to have something in that bed again instead of the sad, overturned way the chickens had left it.

In the other bed, the microscopic lettuce seedlings the chickens overlooked have really taken hold. I’m sure come spring they will gallop along!

And finally, the broad beans, that the chickens nibbled on before realising that they weren’t particularly edible….. are flowering! I was so happy to see these little babies peeking out from behind the leaves up the back. I’d all but forgotten I’d grown the crimson-flowered version. They do look very dramatic there.

And, of course, no visit to the back garden would be complete without my girls – who are egg-laying machines! An egg a day for the three layers, 6 days straight.

This is Rebekah, who still isn’t laying. But she’s so cute, we’ll forgive her. She came to see what Mummy was doing inside the forbidden vegie garden. Anything for a chance of a feed.

All in all, I’m glad that I’m not depending on this garden for our lives… it’s too easy to see how one simple disaster can mean the difference between eating and starvation for some people. However, we are learning all the time, and with that learning comes an appreciation for what we eat, where it comes from and what goes into getting it to our plates. The chickens are obviously the most successful of our experiments at the moment, however the garden is just going to take a bit more time. That’s the one thing you can’t force with nature, everything happens according to its time-table, not yours!

So, what season is it for you? What are you growing, and what are you struggling with?

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