Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Hens and gardening...
Photo looking over Burra sound to Moaness and Ward Hill on the island of Hoy
On a fine day it's great to get out into the garden at last. These photos were taken on a lovely Spring day last week. I took the opportunity to plant the tatties (potatoes), some onions, parsnips and broad beans. More peas and salad crops to go in yet but weather too cold to contemplate planting.
I tried shutting the hens out of the garden with "contraptions" over the gateways but they just flew over the wall! So I'm back to the usual "protecting seeds till the grow" regime.
At least I don't have to worry about working the earth to a "fine tilth" with chickens around happy to do it for me.....
And here is my new compost bin (safe from marauding chooks!). I've never really kept a proper compost bin so lots to learn but hopefully this will supplement the seaweed I also use to fertilize the ground...eventually....if I get it right.... It's quite a challenge to get a good compost going in Orkney because of the cooler temperatures etc but lots of people succeed so I shall take advice. Though I may not follow it all - one piece of advice was to pee into it! I'd need a stepladder to get up to it and the neighbours think I'm odd enough as it is ;-)
Meanwhile my new (to me) tulips are doing well despite the wind. This one is so beautiful and reminds me of a rose