The garden reno’s not progressing as much as I hope due to other less interesting but important commitments in life, I can only contribute a couple of hours a week on this project when the weather is good. Except for last weekend when I took a day off to move the 5 cubic metre DeCo I ordered, still some in the front though.
Two of the four veggie beds on the west side of the house are more accurately positioned parallel to the house, lined with black plastics on the inside, and bolted together. I’ve sprinkled & raked gypsum to the bottom and started moving dirt, coffee ground, and horse manure into them. One of these beds’ been earmarked as the nightshades bed in my rotation plan, and since you have to earth up potatoes as they grow anyways, I decided to chuck some seed potatoes in it.
As usual, the chooks get excited when digging started, and we had to lock them back into their run for fear they will get hit by the mattock or hoe…. But then, one of them came back anyways (must have flew out) and try to dig up the potatoes, so I’ve covered the bed with bird’s netting, so it’s more difficult for the chooks to dig them out.
While we are on the chooks, all four are laying now, and we are getting average about 2 eggs a day. The Araucana and the Australorp’s laying most consistently, although one is the smallest and the other’s a chook with disability. Here’s a picture of their temporary run made from four 2.4 metre sleepers for an avocado tree (still in pot until we can move the chooks onto another bed).
Not much other activities, our mushroom kits not growing much mushrooms, getting occasional passionfruit, and that’s about it I think. Except a radish the other day... Oh, found a self-sown lettuce intact, guess the chooks don’t like red leaves. I noticed that they don’t peck the red ornamental sweet potato leaves much too when I give them both green & red at the same time ..
My peach tree is still leafy in the middle of winter… it’s still retaining the leaves grown in late autumn… but covered with yellow spots and what looks like rust underneath... should I spray it with lime sulphur now? I think the tree’s confused, their buds swelling again.. and we still have a month of winter to go.
Mum left the tap of the tank on overnight again, lost our 5000 litres of rain water to one longan tree…. Guess that means even if we finish building the veggie beds, we won’t be able to grow much veggies without water… the good news is the longan tree’s not showing signs of being drowned… hope she won’t do that to the avocado tree in the future...