Chicken little

I have a dream. A dream that one day itty bitty chickens will walk and cluck free in my garden. So to that end I bought a book. That’s all I’ve done but hey it’s a book. I’m now thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much closer to my dream.

Gardening

The house we’ve moved into has some lovely gardens. They’re a bit overgrown as I don’t think the old couple who lived here were able to keep up with it towards the end. I’ve been reading up on how to prune roses. We have lots of roses! I’m very excited about this as I love roses so I’m hoping to bring them back to life. We had loads of blackberries but I’ve pulled all those up as they were wild brambles and although they were very tasty there were really a weed that choked the life out of everything else. I’ve picked up a blueberry and raspberry bush that in time I hope will provide up w/ lots of yummy goodness. Also picked up seed potatoes and onions. Am on the look out for carrots, cucumbers, french beans, strawberries and cherry tomatoes. I might try some heirloom tomatoes too, I’ve heard they’re unbelievable delicious. I’m also putting an old carpet (lucky for me I just removed the old yucky bathroom carpet!) over a couple of the raised beds to warm them up for some early planting.  The tip came from Deb over at Carrots and Kids – go read her blog she’s fab. It’s fab!   I’m calling my little adventure Project Greenfingers!! Yes, I do need to label all my projects.

4 Comments

  1. Mancais
    February 9, 2011 /

    If you grow tomatoes try some called Tiger Lily (or something close) – they’re delicious. Chickens should be good – one of my FB chums got some last year.

    • Lindy
      February 10, 2011 /

      ooh thanks! I’ll have to google it!

  2. February 10, 2011 /

    Chickens will play merry hell with anything you plant in your garden. Either cover very well or pen the chooks in well. We had some for 7 months till a fox got them and they killed most things in my garden.

    • Lindy
      February 10, 2011 /

      Thanks for the heads up! I’m hoping because we have a pretty big garden and it’s terraced (3 tiers) we can keep them away from the veg. 1st tier (the highest) it’s more a patio w/ raised flower beds. The raised beds will be stage 1 of project greenfingers! The 2nd is a wild overgrown (at the moment) flower bed w/ loads of roses and other flowers. I’m hoping to convert that to a largish veg patch over the next couple of years. The lower terrace is a grassy lawn w/ some fruit trees so the chickens would go here. I’m thinking of a coop at the corner w/ a large run along the back wall. I don’t think it’ll let them go free range all the time as I don’t want the lawn to get scratched to death!