Saturday, 16 June 2007

Garden Log 16 June 07

My To Do list for this weekend included:
  • Allow the chooks entry back in the Almond area
  • Consider what to do to improve Bed 3
  • Cut down the now dead Asparagus tops and remove
  • Clear the Cherry tree leaves out of the Pond in the Main Vegetable Garden
  • Empty some of the litter from the chook house and replace with fresh wood shavings and shredded paper
Allow the chooks entry back in the Almond area:
I had a quick tidy and fix-up (fence wise) of the Almond area and noticed a number of Tagasaste seedlings emerging...the chooks would have scratched these up so I dug about 8 up and put them into pots to grow on over winter and be planted out (somewhere) in Spring.
With fences and gate secured it was safe to let the girls in and they loved all the grassy weeds and new ground to scratch around in.

Tagasaste seedlings potted up

Consider what to do to improve Bed 3:
This bed is where the Potatoes and late Tomatoes were supposed to be over wintering. The last week of heavy (for our area) frosts have finished these off well and truly.
After thinking about this I decided to leave the bales around the edges and build up the bed to make a raised no-dig bed.
This involved moving the trampoline frame away and clearing and hoeing the soil roughly.

This bed has been plagued with cherry tree suckers and feral Liquorice plants (to weed level) so I placed a large sheet of cardboard over the base.

I then proceeded to layer up as in compost making. First with some weedy Calendula plants.

Then I swept up all the grape leaves and dog fur under the back pergola and added that.

Which led to...

Cut down the now dead Asparagus tops and remove:
These were cut down to the ground and chopped roughly and added to a layer on bed 3. The Asparagus area will now have some aged chook house litter and cow manure put on them to slowly rot down over winter and feed them in Spring.

Empty some of the litter from the chook house and replace with fresh wood shavings and shredded paper:
This was used in the layers of the "compost" bed along with straw, shredded paper, nettles from the old-girl chook run and watered with rainwater and seaweed mixture between the layers.


I found a corner of the yard with long green grass growing so I pulled it up and added that too!

Clear the Cherry tree leaves out of the pond in the main vegetable garden:
I carefully raked out the leaves in the pond. They had mixed with them some algae and azolla which are both great additives for a compost heap. So after rescuing and returning to the pond any tiny fish that had been raked up with this mix I added that to a layer in bed 3.

Ended with a layer of nettles and thin 'biscuits' of straw

So now I have:
  • The makings of a very fertile bed; that has straw edges to keep in the warmth.
  • A clear Asparagus bed.
  • A tidy pond.
  • A fresh layer of bedding litter in the chook house and some new shredded paper in the pergola compost area.
  • A few less nettles in the old girl chook run.
  • And happy young chooks in the Almond area.
  • Oh and one very tired Scarecrow!
  • But she has a free day tomorrow! :)
Oops I nearly forgot that I rescued this small Gecko from a straw bale when I started.


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