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Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.

Bed 4 is going strong with capsicum and salvias, full of native bees too. Coffee tree will need a trim soon. Raspberries are non existent, will need TLC.

Lost a few banana trees to Debbie. Quite pleasantly surprised to find some many bunches. Happily, one remains. Compost moved, so we'll see if the bananas keeps groing strong without the open bottom compost nearby.

We got a new chicken moveable fence as I was getting quite tired of loosing all my crops and picking up poo from everywhere. I am happy to report that chicken have adapted to living with the young pullets and things are growing back everywhere.

I was quite concerned when the girls started eating the peace lilies. The plants are however now growing back slowly but surely.


With plants safe from harm, I officially inaugurated the new salad bar. I think it needs more flowers...

And finally the root seedlings and side wicking beds planted mainly with greens look promising.

Now for a bit of cooking

We've been having some fun with gluten free at Easter...

https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/desserts-and-baking/mandarin-an...

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-a-gluten-free-pie-crust-237527 (best GF pie crust tasted so far)

And with other flours (5 seed bread with rye flour)

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 21, 2017 at 14:40

Looking good Valerie, Autumn really is a lovely time of the year. You seem to have it all worked out there, the chickens seem to be in a place where they will be very happy...

Comment by Christa on April 21, 2017 at 10:01

Good looking garden, Valerie,  that is a fantastic idea for the chickens.  A movable pen could be good for the girls to clean up certain areas as well.  Nice tucker as well, hope you enjoy. 

Comment by Susan on April 20, 2017 at 20:47

I hear you with the chickens Valerie.  Everything in my yard is fenced off from the little buggers.

Comment by Sophie on April 20, 2017 at 15:02

well done! looking good! how food it this weather!!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 20, 2017 at 14:32

Tucker looks great.  Beds doing well.  Ahhh... it's a great time of year!

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