Work Starts on The New Kitchen Garden

chickens in the garden
Our little gardeners

We started work on the new kitchen garden recently, mainly clearing up, cutting back and deciding where everything will eventually go kind of work. And the chickens got involved too, especially the two rescue hens who’d rather be by my side than exploring with the others. Chickens are great at scratching and turning over soil with their enthusiastic feet, and excellent pest control too.

chickens

It’s been almost 2 years since we moved house and left our productive kitchen garden behind, container gardening and our plot at the allotment providing us with seasonal produce ever since. The very bottom of our new garden was earmarked early on to be the spot where the new kitchen garden would go, and now, after watching where the sun rises and sets, identifying sunny and shaded areas throughout the seasons, we’re ready to start putting our plans into action. The section of garden we’re working with is a good-sized space and will easily accommodate a number of raised beds for vegetables and soft fruits, a bed near the compost bin has now been dug over and cleared for our new rhubarb patch.

chickens in the garden
Chickens helping to dig over the new rhubarb patch

Before winter takes a firm grip we’re concentrating on clearing perennial weeds, old woody shrubs, bramble roots and large stones from an area in front of the fencing (which will probably become a gravel path), the rest will be easier because it’s lawn, and that’s where the raised beds will go. On rainy days and when the weather turns bitterly cold I’ll gather inspiration and design ideas from my Pinterest board.

The area isn’t very interesting to look at right now, I’ll take photos once the raised beds go in, probably during spring.

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8 comments

  1. I love the start of a new project and this one sounds so exciting! Are you going to create a planting plan before you start or just see what takes your fancy as the garden develops?

  2. Hi TheDorsetFinca, we have a good idea of where particular crops would do best but as for the layout of the beds I’m still working on that. Sometimes we find the best way is to just lay pieces of wood down and get a few shapes going with paths etc.

  3. Sounds like you’ve got some hard work ahead of you but how wonderful to have extra space for food growing! There’s nothing beats popping down the garden for fresh herbs and veg for the kitchen. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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