Outside, the ground is wet and the air is cold. Here is a glimpse at what's happening in our garden..
Little chooks are happy, two silkies and two hatchies from over summer - I can't believe my luck - I think the two hatchies are both hens! Small hens, but hens nonetheless. The black and tan two tone hen was originally all black and has changed colour as her feathers have grown. She was originally called Midnight, but with her change of colouring, I have been thinking of her as 'Eclipse' of late.
Garlic is up!
And self sown silverbeet always seems to be around. We love it in a curry or frittata and any excess gets torn up and tossed to the chooks..
Our comfrey is on the way out for the season. Such a great addition to the veggie patch, being a plant tonic, compost activator and natural healer for bumps and bruises.
Something has been eating my kale!
Perennial leeks are calling out to be thinned and replanted. I know that with a little bit of growing room they will fill a gap in our garden over winter and provide us with virtually maintenance free offerings for soups and casseroles.
The broccoli (in said bed waaay out front) are going amazingly well. I am very impressed with our harvests this year, which I'm putting down to the hugelkultur bed and timing the planting right..
Cauliflower on the other hand is taking much longer, as expected. I'm a little worried that the recent rains have spoiled the developing heads.
Rocket is always welcome and this is the season it grows so well. I love it when my girls race off to pick some while making their lunch, they just love to stuff it into chicken and salad wraps! Me? I just love to munch it any old time in passing..
Call me the chicken girl who chickened out. Delaying our home harvested chicken dreams for now (after the processing facility closed down!), I gave away our two excess roosters that hatched over summer, leaving us with one handsome Barnevelder fellow and a hen to add to our flock. There were no shortage of takers for the roosters, all of which I assumed would be heading to various pots but assured they would be going into enhancing flocks! Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to tackle home chicken processing....maybe one day..
With frosty mornings comes glorious sunny days and rolling the sleeves up to catch the sun is a must! Even if it's cold out there!
I hope you manage to catch a little sun this weekend!
What's happening in your patch?