Welcome to our blog. It will follow the development of our garden from quagmire, after completion of our self-build, to a garden that reflects our eco-friendly principles. We are wanting to create a garden that meets our needs as a family but is also a wildlife friendly zone. Well that's what we are hoping, time will tell if we are successful.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
My friendly neighbour and chicken expert, Nicky and I, went to the farm; the removal boxes made great chicken carriers, although they did need recycling by the time we got back!
This henwas the most curious and confident and I later discovered she was also an escape artist.
We had some very quick enforcements to make as she flew up onto the gate. I hope that it will now be high enough to keep her from doing that. She gets a funny look and stretches up her neck before attempting to fly through the chicken wire. I think she is curious about the rest of the garden. I've learnt alot about handling chickens from her already!
This (yes, very similar looking) hen has a completely different personality, preferring to be shy and retiring. She has been named Nugget by Sophie as she is the smallest.
These hens have no names yet either, I'm waiting for inspiration and contributions from my friends on Facebook!
It was an adventurous day for all of us.
In the morning, it was all worth it, with the first egg!
The front garden has undergone a transformation too, going from mostly mud to sea of Spring tulips (yes, some of them genuinely from Amsterdam) to
At the end of last year, we had the deck area laid, it was great, just a little bit too cold to sit out.
We also had help with seeding the garden, it doesn't look up to much in this photo but it soon greened up!
Meanwhile, over last winter, we made some raised beds out of left over construction wood so that this spring I could start attempting to grow a few vegetables.