Mosaics, manures and munching

Updating progress on some recent projects in the garden.

The mosaic-edged garden bed is now in place and planting has begun. There are strawberries in the holes in the bricks and a row of mini white turnips, so sweet, that we use to make Italian turnip soup are plated in the front of the bed. TB has also planted some French breakfast radishes between the turnips.

Mosaicbed

TB has also been busy giving himself a sore back digging over the green manure bed. This now has a topping of horse manure as well. We’re planning on planting our tomatoes here shortly.

Grmanuredug

The chickens are turning out to be great at dealing with left-over or past their best veg. Here they are demolishing one of our old kale plants, already going to seed. Brassicas yum!

Chookskale

Unfortunately for us it’s not just the chooks that like brassicas. Our resident possums seem to have a taste for broccoli. I was wondering why the broccoli wasn’t producing any florets. Duh! we just got beaten to them.

Possumdamage

Early one morning

Not much beats the enjoyment of taking a stroll around the garden early in the day. It was a bit foggy this morning and everything was fresh from a bit of overnight rain.

Looking down the garden to the last of the nectarine blossom and a rampant green manure patch. In the fore ground a corner of the new mosaic border for the strawberry patch.

Spring_garden

The chooks pottering around their pen.

Chooks

The first potatoes growing out of the potato stack.

Potatoes

The Japanese maple unfurling its new leaves against the grey sky.

Maple

Last years kale on their ‘walking stick’ legs, going to flower and soon to make way for new plants.

Kale

Encouragement for new veggie growers – pots of seeds being planted ready for the school fete.

Seedlings

 

On the tiles

I mentioned a few post ago that major rennovations were happening again in our garden. We are going to renovate our strawberry bed. The strawberries have been in place for at least five years so it’s well past time to pull them out and replace them with new plants. We have a whole lot of runners from last year that we can use and I might even lash out and buy some ‘new’ new plants!

We are also going to make the bed larger by an extra concrete block width. Over the years we’ve found the old concrete block to be a very handy edging for our garden beds, although they do look incredibly daggy. Enter the mosaic concrete block.

Mosaics

Once in the background of someone’s blog post (which I’ve never been able to find again) I saw concrete blocks mosaic-ed and looking much more entertaining than their unadorned selves. As I already had one block prepared TB suggested that I remove the old digit and fix up another eleven blocks to complete the extended bed. Here are the currently completed blocks roughly where they will be set, but not in their final order. We will plant the strawberries in the holes in the blocks and save the garden bed behind for other plants.

Mosaics2

I’ve done the tiling for all the blocks but still have to finish the grouting, my least favourite job.

I must like doing this more than I admit because I couldn’t pass up these fantastic hand-painted blue and white tiles at the tip shop yesterday. Although these are destined for a garden table-top not a concrete block.

Handtiles