I thought I just discovered a stray egg in the picture, but I remember now, I chucked egg shells around the base of my Camellia.
Today it has finally felt like May, the Sun has had his hat on. It was lovely to get home from work and have some warm sunshine. It motivated me to get out in the garden at last. I found the very last of last years harvest.
What a whopper! I think this leek may be as tough as old boots!
Here is 'Chicken Proofed' Alcatraz. I have to remove the fences to do any gardening. Last week Euan and I weeded the raised beds and the chickens gobbled worms as fast as they could, they slurp them like spaghetti and ate loads of them. I put them in their coop as they are just too helpful in the garden. I was out for about and hour and a half and the poor things did not stop whinging and complaining the whole time they were cooped.
The poor things. It was only because I was in earshot and they really think they should be out if I am. I was determined to sow some seeds though and get the bean poles ready. I planted two types of beetroot, some dwarf peas, swede, turnips and kale in the raised beds. I planted some oca in a large container. Oca is a new one on me. It is like a small potato. I will let you know how I get on. I should have photographed it for you as it is a bit weird. Check out this link for Oca to read more about it. If you have grown it, tried it, cooked it, eaten it, do let me know what you think....
I planted the potatoes about a month ago and the spinach is left over from last year. My next job will be weeding this bed. The spinach is soon destined for soup or curry.
Fartychokes. Jerusalem Artichokes. They are delicious and come back every year. Sadly now we just enjoy them for their tall yellow 'sunflowers' as when consumed they have some most unfortunate side effects which have earned them their pet name. In the name of good manners I shall just leave it there, nuff said!
This used to be the chicken pen...how naive! It is a large pen and more than adequate for a chicken run, but it simply isn't good enough for my girls! They need half of the garden. The biggest half no less. Rhubarb is supposed to be poisonous to chickens so they leave it alone. My chickens did not read that page of the book and ransack the rhubarb, hence the rhubarb is now penned in the chicken pen. It seems to be their favourite and they would scratch it to oblivion.
The soft fruit is looking promising. This old blackcurrant bush is heavily laden again. The raspberries are also coming along ok. They are not fenced off yet... I don't know what to do about them. I am sure as the fruit ripens it will take a greedy chicken ten minutes to strip the whole bush. The rhubarb may be set free and the chickens penned again. It is funny watching them jump for the fruit though. Chickens can do quite high standing jumps and 'boing' like they are on springs for ripe juicy berries.
When my gardening was done and I had watered thoroughly and replaced the fences, I went to the coop to find three noisy, disgruntled girls. They were elated to see me. I opened the door to the coop and they shot out like 'grease lightening'.
I love this photograph! I know it is not the most aesthetic part of my garden. I like it up there though. As soon as the door is opened these girls move like a trio of 'Road Runners'. Beep beep! Just look at the speed and gusto in their sprint for freedom! After the impertinence of their incarceration here they are doing what chickens love to do best;
Scratching and pecking.
Here's to hoping this is the first sunny day of many. xxx