We are back today in the productive area of the garden.
This is an area we where spend a lot of time and it's very possibly Missy's favourite. Lots of lovely smells.
Looking from the back of the garden where we were yesterday.
Our chook pen - the purple palace. There's a small door on the side that opens into the bamboo area as well as the main doors. Sometimes we let the ladies roam throughout the main part of the garden, but more often we close the gate so they can scratch around under the bamboo but can't get into the rest of the garden. I don't think they mind.
Missy having a ride on the mower while John was moving the trailer
I've posted about the bamboo quite often. With all the rain we've had this year it's powering ahead. After all, it's a very large grass and grass loves the rain and heat. We cut out the stems from a couple of years ago and use them as garden stakes, frames for tomatoes, etc.
What I'd really like to show you are the compost bins.
We have a 3 bin system. John used the hardwood planks from the pallets our pavers came on and wedged them between two star pickets. This created a side that can be raised or lowered or completely removed as needed. When I'm shovelling the compost into the wheelbarrow I can remove one or two planks and easily get the shovel into the pile. We've used wire and the plastic covered cardboard along the back of the bins.
The planks just slide out.
We create (and use) a lot of compost. All our prunings are shredded and composted.
John collects scraps from the fruit shop near where he works and tips them in most days. The ladies eat what they want. The rest get broken down. Each weekend we clean out the purple palace and the dropping get added the the bins. Sometimes grass clippings go in there as well, but only when we are fairly confident that they're weed free.
You can never have too much compost.