Sometimes you get so behind on a project, you just don’t know where to begin.
That’s what happened here.
I’ve been waiting for the time to write about our new garden and chicken pen extension. Time for detailed posts never came.
Change of plan. That’s what gardeners do best, we change things. Right?
Below is the long-story-short, told by photographs:
Our thirty-year-old orange tree gave up after to two years of hard freezes.
We waited for our resident dove to finish raising her young, then we cut down the tree.
We couldn’t bear to remove the stump, so we turned it into a piece of garden art.
The space looked empty and I wanted to grow more edibles, so we put in a veggie garden and moved a large pot, complete with an oleander tree, to disguise the neighbor’s shed…
It looked beautiful at night with a low voltage light.
…but the shape was awkward for growing veggies.
Then my daughter gave me two more chickens, Cupcake and Kisses.
And I brought home two Easter Eggers, Cat and Cobra. One lays blue eggs, the other green.
We took advantage of the space opened up by the lost tree, and we built what I call the “East Wing” onto our chicken pen, adding a smaller veggie bed in front.
By the way, the photo below is the “West Wing,” hidden by our oleander hedge. It runs all the way to the coop, nestled in the corner at the far left…once again, hidden and shady.
Back to my story: There was a grapevine nearby…
…which we dislodged from the fence and attached to the new frame.
Side note: Jim says he doesn’t like the chickens, but here he’s trying to break up a girl-fight. Busted!
We added stronger support for our grape vine,. I’m hoping next year we’ll have grapes.
Here’s sample of what grew last winter:
The Brussels sprouts were waaaay too big for this little space, but they were fun to watch.
And oh so pretty!
Our cilantro was good, but the coriander seed was what I was after.
I can grow Swiss chard year round and the chickens love it.
A sample what grew this summer:
I added step stones when the lawn was transitioning from winter rye to summer Tiffgreen.
And it filled in nicely — even with my new twice-per-week, deep-watering schedule.
Which brings me to what happened today:
This beautiful little hornworm and two buddies ate a third of our tomato plant leaves over the weekend. But it is the perfect time of year to cut back tomatoes for a second harvest in fall.
— ate the worm
— that ate
our tomato leaves?
Circle of life.