Actually, before I launch into talking about my new and old herb garden, the main news this month is that I have new chickens. The idea is to breed meat birds from them – I’ll keep you posted with how that’s going! We went to Melton Mowbray Rare Breeds auction and I bought a breeding trio (that’s a boy and two girls) of Light Sussex.
Sorrel and Alex also decided to get into chicken keeping and came to the auction too. Sorrel only planned to buy three hens but the black and white one in the pic below was all on its own so she had to bid for it!
Right now to tell you about herb gardens. Last summer Keith built me a huge raised bed right outside the living room window to use as a herb garden. Previously the space was just bare concrete and we sometimes felt rather disconnected from the garden in the house. I’ve planted it up with around 30 culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herbs including mint, thyme, St John’s word, comfrey, sweet cicely and yarrow. This month it’s really off to a great start and I can see already that some plants will need lots of controlling – the yarrow is already invading the winter savory. But all in all, I’m really pleased with it and am sure it will look better and better as the season progresses.
Some of the plants came from the old herb garden. This is a rather grand term for a large box outside the back door! The box eventually rotted so badly I had to deal with it.
But once I’d dismantled it, I was left with a pretty non-descript space:
Keith solved my ‘what to do now…’ dilemma with a few huge but spare pots:
Other news on the herb front is that my plants for sale are coming on well. I was a bit late getting this off the ground as it was so cold and snowy and I didn’t have a propagater – next year will be better (isn’t that what all gardeners say?)
Elsewhere in the garden, we’ve been tidying up lots, sowing vegetable seeds, mowing grass and all the usual springy things.