Took advantage of the beautiful (although short lived) Autumn weather over the weekend to get out into the garden and have a poke around.
The hens got lots of cuddles and frolicked about in the sunshine, so they are happy.
My artichokes are looking good, whatever is eating my brassica (darned caterpillars!) seem to leave my artichokes alone...I love their beautiful silvery leaves.
My sprouting broccoli has its first little head but it's still so tiny and so caterpillar eaten I'm surprised it's sprouted anything at all...
I actually have lemon yellow chard. This grew out of the mixed packet of rainbow chard seeds I got from Diggers. Usually I just get ruby and white or pale yellow. I've never had a bright yellow before, I rather like it!
The kale has survived surprisingly well, I don't know that I'll eat it though as it has squashed caterpillar eggs all over it from me going squidge squidge squidge!! UGH!
The second lot of carrots are looking ok and there are tiny ones emerging every day (the hens ate the first lot)
Still getting daily eggs from our girls so whilst winter is getting closer they still give me hope for the odd warm day ahead...
I keep pondering what on earth I can get to grow on our naturestrip, the earth is so hard and compacted and no sunlight touches the earth due to the huge trees. This is what Autumn looks like in our street today:
I visited my favourite nursery yesterday to get some netting, they have a very inspiring Edible Alley which I plan on doing myself one day when we live in a place with lots of light!! I thought you might find the pics inspiring as well:
A few words on the Ethical Consumption challenge. It has made for a rather boring eating month LOL which is almost over...I've played it safe by not really purchasing very much at all and making my own breakfast cereal which actually I prefer to boxed cereal anyway. It's really opened my eyes to examining closely what I buy at the supermarket...apart from fresh vegies and fruit from local growers and the CERES fair food boxes, it really isn't easy at all to shop ethically. I'm glad I'm putting the effort in though as I'm sure it'll get easier as I am already recognising more readily the brands to avoid.
Have a terrific week everyone!