Sunday, 11 March 2012

Spring Weather!

Groundbreaking for our kitchen garden.

The first tentative days of spring are upon us, and we're moving as fast as we can to get our garden established. The last frost date is still some ways away, but before then we have a 25x35 ft patch of sod to pull up, and soil to mix. Our soil is heavy clay, so we will likely need to add a bit of sand and some manure and compost to make a more veggie friendly garden. A rototiller would make this work significantly easier, but we haven't got one of those, so we'll have to work with what we do have.

We staked out the perimeter of our garden, strung guide strings around it and began cutting the sod. There's still a lot left to cut, but we've begun.

Run Free!

The chickens are not yet laying, as they reached maturity a bit late in the season last year. Today we let them free-range for the first time since winter fell, for some sunlight and a meal of early bugs. Mr. Tailfeathers there was getting mighty frisky, so with any luck, spring will soon catch up to the hens as well. It's time to order spring chicks, and we'll be doing that next week.

Greenhouse Frame

We had hoped to build our greenhouse today, but the wind was a bit too blustery and the baby a bit too needy to stretch the plastic over the frame. The frame is a salvaged swing set, and the shelf is a rolling garage door panel (also salvaged) The top portion will be covered with heavy greenhouse plastic, and the space under the shelf will house our composters (built from reclaimed tires - not pictured). The frame faces south, and occupies the northwest corner of our garden. 

All in all, a productive and encouraging day and a welcome respite from the winter.

All work and no play...


  1. Just stumbled across your blog (link from norfolk homeschooling post). Love the idea of using the swing, tires etc for the greenhouse. Clever!

    We're unschooling/homesteading (well, slowly learning how) family with 9 year old twins in Brantford area. Hopefully we'll meet up on one of the excursions. All the best, Mark, Kelly, Sydney and Aidan

  2. Hey there Mark!

    Hopefully we will indeed! Thanks for visiting here! :)