2 years after Kevin ripped out our last vegie patch, we have decided to start again..
I think the best way to start and maintain a edible garden is to start with a few chooks.. My 8 beautiful girls are giving me between 5 to 7 eggs a day.. it provide me with my first edible item from my yard (the eggs not the chooks )
For the last couple of months, the girls not only supply us with yummy eggs, they have also been busy turning the ground inside their run, making the soil nice and fluffy and fill with nutrient.. We made the decision to move their run every couple of months (maybe just every 6 months at season change) and use the old site as a vegie patch.
What you can see is where the chook run used to be, we moved it to a new location and use the lawn edging material to frame the existing plot and keep the soil within the boundry..
As soon as we moved the existing run to a new site, the exposure of the bare ground entice the girls in there and they were busy digging and turning the ground for us.
The chook not only help getting the ground ready for us, they will also destroy any plant we are going to grow in there, so we got some of those Bunning's Garden Tidies to fence off the plot.. I let the girls stay in there a bit longer after fencing off because that will be the last time they are allowed in there.
The other important ingredient for my edible yard is a worm farm...
I found a Swag worm farm on the www last month, I like the new way to farming worms and decided to give it a go.. I order one on-line for $99 and pay extra for some worms..
The way this work, you put a bucket under the Swag, it will collect the worm pee... this is know to the gardeners as liquid gold.. it is suppose to be a very potent fertilizer that you dilute with water and water the garden with it.
some of the worm pee collected overnight..
We feed the worm by giving them kitchen scrap, we just leave the scrap on the top and cover it with a moist heision (spelling).. we are suppose to rotate the position with the feed, so for I been leaving the food on the left side.. but this morning I start to leave the food on the right side, this is to encourage worm activity within the farm.
When I got the farm about a month ago, I was a bit disappointed, as I can't see any obvious worms activity but one or two very small worms about the size of 2 cm length cotton thread.. I practically have to dig around the material to fine them.. I decided to feed them for one month to see how it go with the worms number, otherwise I was going to top it up with mature worms from Bunning...
When I feed the worm yesterday morning, I saw a couple of worms trying to escape from the light (me lifting the heision cover) so I decided to investigate..
I lift some composed material and this is what I see.. worms trying to escape the light
I dig a bit deeper and look what I found
My worms are growing and multiplying.. I am so happy.. one more month I will be able to harvest some worm casting and use it to fertilize my vegie patch. The worm casting can be collected by loosen the tie at the bottom of the Swag and it will fall out.. apparently the worm should stay put because it will stay close to the surface as that is where the food is.. I will find out next month...
So these is what I have so far, before my vegie patch...
This is a herb called Betel leaves, we use it in Vietnamese cooking, you wrap around some meat and put it on the BBQ.. yummy...
This is Pandanus leaves, it is a common herb use in Malaysian cooking, you can find it in dessert as well as savory.. When my sister give me some, it was only 3 leaves.. it just grow.. due to the chook pooh.. my sister's plant still only have 3 leaves so she asked me for some chook pooh..
I have this sage and rosemary in the pots for a long time, it just won't die but it never grow very well either.. but as soon as they get some chook pooh added to the pot, it just burst..
Now, back to my vegie patch.. I have a couple of Chili plant.. the chooks got to when OH forgot to cover it again after picking some red chili.. they have been stripe bare of leaves.. luckly the chili survive the attach.. I relocate them from the old spot into this chook safe vegie patch
These are corn that was sprout from the corn I used to feed the chook.. as they are for the chook so it does not matter if it is not fit for human consumption.. as long as it have corn for the chook it will be good enough..
Zucchini from seedling.. (my first cheat :)), but only 2 out of 4 seedling survive..
Some radish seeds I throw in during the week.. just spouted.. I got more seeds from Florence, so going to put another row in next Sunday..
What I am going to do next are to get my potted citrus (which is struggling to survive) onto the ground.. need to find a sunny spot in the yard to plant them..
I am going to see if I can use this threat as some form of journal and keep it up to date as more seeds go in and when the plant grow... (I posted this on the BYP gardening section, but I think it might be more productive here)
Last but not least.. Kevin's quails, still waiting for them to lay..