Got out this morning & cleaned up the old zucchini bed. All the anti-chook wire was pulled down & the posts for the old bean/pea/cucumber/kiwano crops were taken out. There weren’t too many weeds (thanks, world domination zucchini!) but any that were there were pretty easy to get out – the soil is beautiful & crumbly from all the compost I put in last spring. With all the trees currently dormant (except for the mandarin), it looks quite bare, now!
The chooks will have the run of the bed until spring, when I’m ready to plant the next lot of crops. They were already in there as I worked…pulling up weeds, hunting down insects & scratching up the topsoil. They’re great wee workers.
I also went round & checked how all the worm buckets were faring (with chooks in tow…they know there’s something yummy inside but can’t get to it – it’s quite funny). Over the last week, I’ve been slowly installing in-ground worm buckets. They’re a bucket (with lid)…bottom cut out, holes cut into the side…buried in the ground in the garden beds (my beds are quite big, so I’ve been putting 2 buckets to each bed). Inside these buckets go the kitchen scraps that my big worm farm can’t use during the week (we generate a lot of peelings & the like). The idea is that worms will eat the scraps in the bucket, then deposit all those yummy worm castings throughout the garden bed as they move round. It reduces the amount of stuff I have to cart round the garden & also stops the vinegar fly problem in the cold compost heap, as there’s no fruit peelings exposed to the air (fruit peels are like crack cocaine to a vinegar fly & within hours of putting them in the heap, half the world’s population of vinegar flies find their way to my back yard…argh!). The compost heap will be used for chook poo ageing & composting weeds, etc.
I do love a good, up-to-date website. Thanks to the BOM’s satellite page, I was able to see a big mass of rain heading towards us, so managed to get all my tools & bits & pieces cleaned up, wire rolled up, posts stacked, weeds disposed of, etc…& indoors just as the first spots of rain started to fall.
I know we need the rain…but it’d be nice to have some relatively windless, rain-free days to finish up what needs doing in the garden (oh…that’s right – got to wait until spring! sigh…).