This morning was quite cold. At just over 1.3deg C apparently it was the coldest June morning in the past decade… brrrrr…
As we are piling the wood into the fire as fast as we can at the moment the kids and I didn’t really notice it until we stepped outside to let Jack out for her morning run. Brrrr again! (add some more wood)
I went for a wander to the veg garden to see if any of them were suffering in the cold but, luckily, they all seemed perfectly happy. As they are quite sheltered they were only slightly frozen and covered in heavy dew. Of course this meant I dashed back into the house for my camera before the warm morning sun reached them and burned all the beautiful drops off.
The Kale comes pre-washed.
I haven’t done any newspaper posts yet this week because the weather has been too garden friendly for me to stay inside and surf the net for interesting things!
Instead of lazing on the couch I have been hanging out with the chooks, messing around in the vegie garden and wishing for more vegie beds in time for winter.
I am not a person who needs sculpted flower beds to greet visitors as they arrive. To me if it is green and leafy it is good, and most people don’t really notice what you have planted anyway. If they notice you have veg they would usually like to take some home though!
I have two garden beds at the front of the house that I often keep vegies in and yesterday I decided that one of them would be a good broccoli bed.
Don’t get excited, I hate broccoli. Actually I don’t really like eating many types of veg at all! However, as a (semi) responsible parent I have to feed the kids veg and that means I have to eat it too… bleh. The Man though, he loves all vegies so I can pretty much plant anything and it will get an appreciative audience.
An advantage of planting vegies out the front is that I can put snail bait around them and not have to worry about the dog eating it which really helps. For some reason we have an abundance of snails in the garden immediately around the house and those ferocious snails love destroying my seedlings.
I suspect they lurk under the house in the cool and dark all day (houses in Australia don’t have basements), breeding frantically and out of sight of the birds. At night they slide out and chomp my plants.
I want to know what kind of agreement they have with the weeds though. Why do they leave them alone and eat the things I have planted!? Curse you snails!!!!
Since their arrival late last year our chickens have become happy little family members and get visited quite a few times a day with scraps and treats.
They are very entertaining and as soon as they hear footsteps coming up past the washing line they rush to the fence to see what you might be bringing.
Unfortunately for me the chook run is right next to my vegie garden. That is a good thing for weeding, I don’t have to clean up after myself, I just chuck the bits over the fence and they run around madly trying to get the choicest pieces.
The bad part of it is that they have developed a taste for the tomato plants which are in a raised garden bed against one part of their fence. The poor tomatoes had to be re-staked to train them further away from the hungry beaks as the chooks were jumping up and sticking their heads through the fence to snatch a tasty morsel, doing their best to both strangle themselves and destroy the plants.
I also have a cherry tomato plant growing really well on the back verandah. Really well that was, until the rosellas ran out of seed and decided that pulling the flowers off the plant would keep them amused until the next meal arrived. Grrr… At this rate I will never get a home-grown tomato again!!
Mmmmm… juicy tomato…