Another nice day. Last night Farmer Jeff brought me two more bales of old spoiled hay to finish the garden prep and for mulch for the new flower beds that are going to be on the outside of the fence for the vegetable garden. After he brought the second bale, a small collapsed 3 year old bale, he tractored off in the rain showers that last night brought. When it was getting dark and the rain let up, chicken lock up commenced and when I look where the second bale had been placed, it was gone, just a few strips of compacted hay in it’s place.
The bale must not have been as collapsed as he thought, it took off downhill about 100 feet. A photo was texted to him and we both had a good laugh. It is a small enough bale that our little tractor could push it back uphill to the garden.
Yesterday, it occurred to me that if the fence was moved to the lower edge of the active garden that the fallow part could be accessed by the tractor, so fencing was moved, involving pounding in several T posts and I didn’t bean myself with the driver this time. Today, the rocks that had been place over weed mat at the lowest end were moved away from the garden. Some of them were too large for more than rolling into the tractor bucket. The weed mat was pulled up along with hundreds of pounds of weeds that grew on and through the mat. Old pieces of wood that had been holding down the mat and it had been hoped, providing a barrier for the weeds at the edge of the fence line were gathered, the most rotten ones with grubs and ant eggs were tossed into the chicken run for them to attack. The lip of the tractor bucket served nicely for pulling T posts out of the ground. This gave me a relatively clear, though uneven area to work. A few drags across the surface with the back edge of the tractor bucket to level it and the ground cover was sown over the entire area. The vetch, oats, and field peas can grow there, if the deer find it, it won’t be a disaster and hopefully it will help keep the weed growth down. Maybe that area can be plowed in the future if a larger garden is desired.
The cardboard and spoiled hay is down around all of the boxes and blueberries, the only area to still be worked is the 3 sister’s garden. Once that area is ready to plant, the new flower beds will be tackled.
The bluebird house in the lower right corner behind the large bale of hay is the bottom edge of the garden, this photo was taken from the top. The raspberries need to be thinned, weeded and cardboard placed a bit closer to them. The radishes and turnips are sprouted and the think the second attempt at peas is working this time.
Here are 3 or the 4 Welsummer pullets, I really love their feathers and they seem friendlier than the Buff Orpington pullets. These 16 should be a fine laying flock in a few more months.
I still love this mountain life. The garden will hopefully be productive and easier to maintain.