This week we've been improving the shelter in the garden. Another southerly gale came through so we decided to make some extra wind break fences for vulnerable plants. First up were the Jerusalem artichokes, which are getting quite tall. They now have wind break fabric on three sides and potato plants on the fourth.
Then we rigged up some protection for our new fruit bushes. The Saskatoon berries, especially, were not coping too well with the wind.
In the veg garden, everything is growing slowly but steadily. A bumper crop of broad beans this year and very good beetroot. The salads are plentiful and the fennel looks like it's going to bulb though one plant bolted - I thought you needed heat for that.
We also finished preparing the new leek bed and planted 99 leeks. This was more akin to quarrying - a lot of back-breaking labour for Jim. From a soil book in our local library we found out that our soil is glacial till (loam with greywacke stone) and there sure is a lot of stone.
Meanwhile, I've sown the rest of the new planting area in the middle paddock with turnips, lots of spring cabbage, kohl rabi, carrots and salad leaves.
Now it's time to tackle the top corner of the garden, before painting the house and running a quasi hotel for the summer. Jim's already started by building a mighty fine stone wall.
|Jerusalem artichokes - almost a full-surround system|
|Fruit bush protection|
And since the chicks were rapidly outgrowing their nest box, Jim fixed up an old hen house with run with a whole lot of free polycarb. The chicks are delighted with their new accommodation and have been grazing a lot. One of them even seems to have a fondness for ground elder.
|The two silver greys|
And this was the week of one of the culinary highlights of the year - our first new potatoes. A bit delayed because of the frost damage and the cool weather but no less delicious for all that. Dunluce is a winner.
|Dunluce First Earlies|
|Rocket and Salad Bowl Red|
|Parsnips doing well|
|New leek bed|
|And all the stone removed from it|
|The new planting area, with comfrey in foreground|
|The heather slope is doing well and weeding is getting easier|
|Jim's new wall|