A New Year Begins

It was cold and frosty this morning, a fresh new year, very fresh indeed. My early morning routine is pretty much the same each day, I let the chickens out of the coops and fill up their feeders, on a cold morning I defrost the drinkers too. I don’t keep my chickens on my allotment, there’s not really enough space as our site and plots are on the small side, I’d worry about them too much anyway so I chose to keep them in the garden at home.

My chickens are also on lockdown, an outbreak of bird flu (becoming a regular occurrence at this time of year) means they’re not allowed to free range and have to be kept in a covered enclosure away from wild birds until it’s safe to let them roam again. Luckily my walk-in roofed runs are adequate for keeping my flock safe and unwanted creatures out. When I catch them sulking about the situation I tell them they’re lucky they can still mix with their friends! I will properly introduce my feathery friends on the blog at some point. 

Celeriac and carrot bed weeded and mulched with fresh compost.

I popped to the allotment this afternoon to do a spot of light hand weeding and grab a celeriac and some carrots to go with dinner. The ground was slightly frozen in places but the weeds pulled up easily enough. I love how clean the ground looks after weeding, wrapped up warm I really didn’t feel the cold and it felt good to be doing something on the plot.

Bean bed weeded, I still need to take the hazel poles down!

The leeks are one of the disasters of last year, thanks to leek moth and allium leaf miner. I gave the stronger looking plants a chance to see if they’d improve and some have but others really are just mush waiting to happen now, one small tug and they’ll disintegrate. I’ll be lucky to get a small batch of soup out of this lot. On a positive note I have fallen in love with celeriac after growing it for the first time. Looks aren’t everything, it’s true, for this rather ugly-looking vegetable is absolutely delicious roasted, I like slicing it up thinly and cooking it as crisps. 

My dad was on his plot today, he popped over with Jess the Border Collie to say hello from a safe distance before heading home.

Jess edged her way to the shed to check if I had any biscuits…

And…..

YIKES!!!!

It’s ok, I made it out of the shed in one piece! 

Happy weekend x

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Adam Leone says:

    Ah you can’t beat a freshly weeded bed!

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  2. Sue Garrett says:

    We’ve had snow today – not a lot but enough. We just can’t grow celery or celeriac which is a shame as I use lots of celery,

    Our ground us far to soggy to work on so we are having a gardening hiatus,

    I’d be like you is we had chickens – I was bad enough when we first created a fishpond in the garden.

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    1. That’s a shame you can’t grow it, Sue, weirdly I really don’t like celery! I think it’s a texture thing, the stringy bit eww.

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  3. Flighty says:

    It’s looking good. Been to cold for me to do any plotting.
    Thanks, and you too. xx

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    1. Thank you Flighty. Certainly is cold, still no snow here in Bedfordshire xx

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