|Crocus are the first thing to bloom.|
My 7 year old daughter really wanted to try her hand at her own garden this year and we agreed that it would be 100% her responsibility. "If you make mistakes, like over- or under-watering, they will be lessons," I told her, and she's taking this to heart - to the point of not even wanting me to explain the process.
|Adding composted chicken manure and straw.|
I haven't had the nerve to ask the neighbors behind us - the ones with a tree greatly shading our garden - if they would consider cutting it down (since they never use their backyard), so I've decided to use what I've always considered our main veggie bed for things that don't mind a bit of shade - including spinach, peas, kale, and collards. But I felt I really needed to loosen up the soil, so I began double digging it.
|The new planting area.|
Food Produced So Far This Year
(without green houses, cold frames, or tunnels - and with 2 yr. old hens):
Collards 2 lbs.
Kale 2 lb.
Dandelion Greens 5 lb.
Sunchokes 40 lbs.
|A couple of chickens taking a dust bath in wood ash from our stove.|