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I thought I would share what i've been up to over the past few weeks!
I've been setting up our winter garden, this used to be our main chicken run but since I can't have chickens for a while & it will take time to build a flock back up i've turned it into this years garden :)
So far i've got one 1 & 1/2 m x 16m garden bed done this is planted with garlic both Australian white & Giant garlic, along the western fence i've also planted 40 snow & sugar snap peas to prevent the dominant winds from drying out the garden.
I'm now working on a 1m wide x 16m long garden bed next to it for onions and leeks, then i'll be putting in cabbages, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, broadbeans, beetroot etc.
In the bottom 1m of each bed i'm planting strawberry runners as the lower end of each bed got the run off from all the pen so it will be nitrogen rich.
As we have a mixture of clay soil here, i'm buying in mushroom compost & veggie mix to rotary hoe through the existing soil before planting.
Below are a couple of quick snaps of it so far :)
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On the left you can see the new bed taking shape
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Strawberry runners :)
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That looks awesome, you have been busy. Can I book myself in for a strawberry tasting when they're ready come spring :D

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:lol: you can book yourself in for a tasting now if you want i'm collecting my Autumn crop off them, getting a good sized container full each day :)

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Yep sure, I'll pop in the car now :lol: .
Excellent that you are still getting so many strawberrries. Is it a particular type that produces for so long? My garden is completely unproductive at the moment except for mint & parsley....horse riding has taken precedence :oops:

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I'm not sure if particular types produce autumn crops or just all of them as this is our first season with strawberries.
Our garden isn't too bad productivity wise at the moment with basil, silverbeet, chillis, snowpeas, sugarsnap peas, rhubarb, lettuce & rocket.

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Horse riding should always be high on the priority list!!

They are starting to slow down a bit, but they are a great variety. The snow and sugar snap peas are going really well too - lots of them for eating.


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Nice work Cai.
Linvin' the Dream!
I'd love to have the space to plant big beds like that.
Instead, I'll just keep finding all the little spots around the yard I can squeeze a few plants in.

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Great idea Cai - instead of looking at a sad empty pen :cry: Will be a riot of productivity - a silver lining of sorts :) not having time to make raised beds I've done nothing but you make it all look possible!

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He did work very hard on it!! The rotary hoe helps, but there is only so much it can do. While I sat watching (sick with a flu and feeling very guilty and unhelpful!) Cai dug in two trailer loads of vege mix and mushroom compost with a pitchfork. Then raked it all into those neat little rows to plant into. Yes, he is a perfectionist with this kind of stuff - he used a string line to make sure the rows were straight!!


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THtas looking Realy grate Cai.

How have the strawberries been going now its been getting cooler?

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