The garden is doing very well, supplying us with most of what we need and reflecting a succession of crops that we harvest/plant every month.
Last month, for example, I only needed to buy a bag of potatoes, a couple of cabbages and two pumpkins, with the rest of our fresh produce coming from the garden. I expect by November I won't be buying potatoes either...
|One of 4 beds of potato growing in the garden; 5th being planted|
|Seedlings for tomatoes, green peppers and chilli to transplant|
|This lettuce is self-seeding all over|
|chickpeas from our experimental crop|
I also ran a couple of experiments, growing chickpeas, lentils and chamomile tea. The surprisingly excellent performer was the artichoke. To be honest, I didn't know what I was doing when I grew it, simply following the instructions I sourced off Google.
|Nice, tasty artichoke|
|Herbs adding colour to the garden|
The herbs are also doing very well. Currently we have lavendar, lemon balm, basil, parsley, coriander, dill, thyme, mint, rosemary and sage growing. Borage is also flowering all over the yard, attracting bees and bringing a lot of colour to the garden. Speaking of colour, the sweet peas and marigolds are also flowering in abundance.
|One of the peach trees fruiting for the first time|
|Mulberry tree laden with fruit this month|
|Lots and lots of saplings among the salad greens|
|Chickens had the run of the yard before their space was finished|
Through the winter we also built a chicken run and acquired two hens and a rooster. The hens have since hatched three more chickens which are growing very well. They hens have also been a good source of eggs for us. My plan is to have enough chickens to supply all our eggs. The chickens have also been helpful in eating whatever old plants we dig up from the garden and working it into compost, so I'm pleased with our decision to keep them.