01 December 2014

December harvest

The temperature is forecast to drop to -11°C/12°F tonight, so I seized the opportunity of digging up some Jerusalem artichokes while I still could!

There isn't much left growing in the greenhouse, but I did get three bok choi plants and some coriander for our evening meal. The chickens are finally getting their act together, with a respectable clutch of six eggs today. We have eight nest boxes but for some reason they only lay in two of them - and they aren't adjacent. Who knows how a chicken's mind works?

I've spent the last couple of weeks taking advantage of some of the milder days by digging over the beds in the lower vegetable garden and adding chicken manure to two of them. This year, for the first time, I'm covering the beds with a winter mulch.

I had some leaves bagged up from 2013 and there is still a fair bit of old hay in the big barn, so I've used both on different beds, as a mini experiment to see how it goes. I'm hoping it will suppress at least some of the early weed growth in the spring.


Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Lovely greens. I'll bet the garden will love the chicken manure too!

Margaret said...

It's nice to see what a fellow (new) Ontarian is doing! I've been mulching my empty beds with straw or grass each fall as, for some reason, I have this thing about leaving the soil bare over the winter. I feel much better when my beds are all tucked in, so to speak ;)

Daphne Gould said...

I envy those eggs. And the bok choy looks so pretty. I had something munching on mine.