CHOOK HOUSES...VEGGIE GARDENING AND STALKING OTHER PEOPLES GARDENS

THIS WEEK......STALKING, VEGGIE GARDEN REVAMP, CHOOK HOUSE BUILD AND A BIT OF A TOUR OF THE GARDEN.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN BERRY

This driveway has been a bit of an obsession with me lately....all that purple gorgeousness happening!

 I walk past it most days and sometimes I get a bit worried with that camera of mine, especially with it's discreet telephoto lens. I keep thinking someone will come running out to chase me away or worse hurl some abuse. But most people, if they see me, say hi and we usually exchange gardening/weather observations. Or ask, "what kind of dog is Pierre"? "Is he a Labradoodle, Irish Wolfhound, Afghan, Giant Schnauzer". What a good way to meet people! Get a dog or stand at the bottom of peoples driveways with a telephoto lens and stalk to your hearts content.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

It's about time I show you some of our borrowed garden for a change.

Let's go for a walk up the driveway together....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Lots of roses and man, that lawn grows like there's no tomorrow. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

There are views around every corner....everything flowers so much earlier in this area compared to the Southern Highlands. I just picked a vase full of Agapanthus! 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

I think the previous owners planted every plant known to mankind....I keep walking around finding new ones all the time. Wow the variety!!!

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN VEGETABLE GARDEN
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

It's not all manicured, flowery and pretty.....may I introduce you to our veggie garden! 

A huge weed infested area!

 The only thing of worth were the strawberries and asparagus.

The first thing that had to be done is bring in the big guns.....chooks and Pierre. Well, Pierre just looked on in bemusement. The idea was that the chickens would go to town on those weeds and save me a whole lot of work. All they ended up doing was chomp on all the strawberries and pretty much left most of the weeds. Fussy eaters or just so well fed that they just weren't interested.

VEGETABLES FOR A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Next was a visit to Berry markets for some plant buying.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Potted them up into larger pots thinking it would be a little while before I could get them into the ground and that way they could get a head start. I don't know why I even bothered! Realistically, knowing the type of person I am there was no way I was going to leave that veggie garden the way it was and in a few days I knocked it over. 

 

Ahhh that's better......

The other priority was housing the chooks. I hopped onto Ebay and found a company called Pet Homes that could house them all. If you are in the market for a chook house make sure you read all the fine print etc lots of different companies to choose from and so many options. They delivered within the week and Arth assembled the chook house in just a couple of hours.

chook house pet homes.com.au

It even comes with sliding metal trays for easy cleaning. Comfy nesting boxes that have pull up sides for easy egg collection and once the roof was put on it looked so cosy that I almost wanted to nest in there.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN CHOOKS

The only problem is, that the house does not come with tall legs and sits low on the ground. Chickens being chickens, will always want to find the highest roosting spot, and they also have a roosting pecking order would you believe. Here they are...and guess what?

they are roosting on the outside of their house!

Now, it's a trip to Bunnings for the renovation project....elevating the house. Lucky I have a very handy husband that can do all this stuff. In the meantime they have been camping out..... but it also means that the roosters start crowing extra early......lots of early starts for us these days.

It's amazing how much work you get done in the early hours!

Are you a bit like me where you just wont rest till that certain patch in the house or garden needs a going over of some sort?

Gnawing away, gnawing away....  every time you walk past whatever it is that needs fixing, you mumble to yourself "I have to get onto that"! 

When it's done.......ahhhhhh