We have had some better weather here over the last couple of days, which has allowed me the comfort of working outside without fear of freezing.
One of the first things I worked on was the Chicken Tractors. I did a little maintenance on my original build, as there were quiet a few design faults with it. I am going to have to totally rebuilt the top half of the tractor, yet I currently don’t have the wood I need to do this. In the mean time, I made a couple of changes to allow it to work better, such as cutting some extra wood from the frame, and making the wire a little more secure (one of the Roosters keeps escaping when I don’t want them out of the tractor). I also have realised that I need to consider building a third tractor, as these guys seem a little more crowded than I would like.
I have been advised, both from a Gardening Australia segment, and from conversations with fellow gardeners, that now is the time for planting peas and beans. At first, I didn’t believe it, as I have already had a great harvest over the summer months. Yet, my books are also telling me that this is the right time to plant. So I am going ahead with planting some of the seeds I have from previous seasons, keeping the most recent seed harvest for next year. I am pretty much just slamming them into the ground everywhere I can.
I have been working on my garden in other ways too… raking up the leaves that have fallen from the trees. I am throwing these into a the compost and into other areas to improve the garden. My daughter also provided a huge amount of help, in the form of doing most of the raking. We had a great time out there, working in the leaves, and making a game of trying to be the one who finds the smoothest leaf.