April 2018 State of the Garden

…and welcome back, after a few busy weeks not blogging, to the April 2018 State of the Garden. I’ve decided not to try and heavily schedule posts – and State updates from now on. We are just so busy that posting three times a week on particular days is a struggle. When I inevitably miss a post it makes me far too despondent.

So from now on, posting here should be more fluid and as a result, more frequent. Let’s see if that works, eh?

April 2018 State of the Garden

April 2018 State of the Garden
More play equipment has materialised

One of the reasons for the recent gap in blog posts is that Robin has had another birthday. This has meant lots of time devoted to family. Oh, and time building the new climbing frame that doubles as a showerproof den.

Not much has happened in this section of the garden other than a good catch up on the mowing. I also went around and stopped some of the dandelion and thistle encroachment on the rest of the garden. I don’t mind them in our wild spot though. As these are perennial weeds I cut them all up with the secateurs first. Then I ran the lawnmower over them before putting everything in the compost bay.

Oh, and all the bits of old chicken run and what-have-you have now been tidied up and stacked by the garage door for now.

Chickens!

The side zone of our garden.
Chickens, potatoes, compost.

Along the western edge of our garden we find our chicken zone. Our eight bantams are still happy. Rizzo and Maeve were broody for about three weeks. Rizzo is coming out of it now, Maeve is thinking about coming out of it. Bradford has just gone broody. One of the best things is that it is easier to handle the hens when they are broody and so they are becoming a lot tamer.

Two broody bantams.
Bradford and Maeve pretending they are best of friends when really they want to steal each others eggs.

The avalanche of eggs has eased off. At one point we were getting seven eggs a day – which is a lot of eggs! Now we average four eggs each day and that is much more manageable.

The hens now have a small parasol to provide shade over the dust bath on the hot days. On wet days it keeps the worst of the rain off. It no longer feels necessary to keep moving the coop around the garden to spare the grass. I am quite likely to woodchip the fixed run to help keep it sanitary – although we are toying with the idea of getting a walk in run so they have more overall room during the days when we are all out at school and work. I need to do some measuring and budgeting, I think.

 

Potatoes

Our first early crop – Red Duke of York – are growing well. Our second early crop – British Queen – are also at the top of the containers now. I am remembering to water them most days that it doesn’t rain.

Soon I need to think about a main crop and then making storage room in the garage.

Potatoes in containers.
It’s obvious which are the first earlies – the ones in front!

Blooms

The wisteria over the decking has come out almost overnight in lovely lilac blossoms, and the clematis arch is really well established this year.

Wisteria in bloom.
Our wisteria.
Blooming clematis over an arch.
Clematis over an arch.

 

And I’m going to leave the April 2018 State of the Garden here – more thoughts on gardening to follow in due course!

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