So three months later and as the weather begins to warm up, I have re-planted vegetable gardens #2 and #3 with new organic seedlings. I have hope.
Again we have built a temporary fence around the vegetable gardens to keep out the chickens. The inside grass space then becomes a day run for the guinea pigs. Between the chickens and the guinea pigs, we haven't had to mow the grass in the backyard this winter.
One week on and it seems that the snails and slugs are trying hard to get one of my zucchinis. A new evening activity with my son the last couple of nights is to go out in the dark with a torch and catch the slimy creatures. The chickens love them for breakfast :) Time will tell who will win the zucchini battle.
A broccoli has long gone to flower, but I have left it in. I have been enjoying adding the flowers to salads, plus the flowers are attracting the bees.
A garlic chive that died right back after some frost in early winter has recently sprouted back with vigor.
We still purchase a box of vegetables every week; this vegetable garden project seems more for the love than need. Honestly I enjoy watching it grow and the connection to nature. I love to potter and pick off any imperfect leaves and toss them to the chickens. I do love that I can harvest a colourful variety of leaves for our salad or meal, but that’s seems the only thing we actually harvest. I have come to realize that it take a fair bit of time, effort and luck with the bugs to actually be able to supply the household with the other staple vegetables. So at present I’m happy to pay and support local organic farmers to do the work for me (and believe me they earn every cent!!). I’ll use my vegetable beds to help top up our salad green supply, provide us with fresh herbs and grow extra feed for our animals.
If I actually get to harvest some zucchinis and tomatoes this spring it will be a bonus.