|My baby and my hairy baby|
|Squawky having a sit on her snacks|
The chickens have been a wonderful part of the circle of life in our garden system. During the Autumn and Winter, we moved them from raised bed to raised bed so that they could clean out the summer beds and prepare them for the next season. Chickens are amazing because they will literally eat all the weeds, roots, old plants, and bugs while they turn up the soil and fertilize it (poop in it). By the time we move them to the next bed we have a healthy bed ready for planting. We have been absolutely stunned by how large our root crops have grown in chicken poop fertilized soil. Plus, they still provide us big, beautiful, daily eggs and eat all of our compost.
Due to the new addition to our family, and to the unknown timeline revealing when we could move into my grandparents home, we have decided to keep it a little simpler this year in the garden. We will not forfeit summer crops, but we will not go to the extremes we did last summer. We plan to keep our Spinach as long as possible. We are going to give the onions, kale, and garlic more time in the earth. Meanwhile, we simply water our potted berry bushes and enjoy the berries that they are beginning to produce. We have about 20 tomato plants that have volunteered from last summer which will be replanted in places that make sense. Then I will plant cucumber, three kinds of squash, and peppers. It is hard for me to imagine not having okra so I will look for some seedlings in the coming days.
For us, the garden is an extension of our kitchen. It has a piece of our hearts.It keeps us sane and grounded, breathing deeply. It ties us to the Divine and allows us to connect to the truth- that each day is a blessing from the Lord. There were plenty of things that we could cut out to simplify our lives once baby came, but the garden is not one of them.