9. How does your Garden Grow? Chooks!

More lovely weather, interspersed with some pretty heavy downpours, have meant that the garden continues to go beserk! I have way more Courgettes and Yellow Squash than I can eat, and the Tomatoes are continuing to ripen. Good grief I don't think I can ever eat another Supermarket Tomato, ever again. Loving them with some fresh Basil, a splash of olive oil and some salt :)Yum! I am really chuffed with all the herbs I have in the garden - we inherited this lovely mature Rosemary, and I hacked it back quite a bit earlier in the year, so it has masses of new growth, rather than tough twiggy bits. I use this practically every day! Rosemary I also have some gorgeous Sage and Marjoram in the borders, and have planted Chives and Thyme in my raised beds. I would like to get some Mint, too - as Pimms is calling to me! I think I will devote a whole bed to herbs next year, as the Brassica's have not been very encouraging! This week, we added some Chickens to our planned big veg patch. My in-laws (the previous occupants at the farmhouse) had a veg patch in a corner of the field neighbouring the garden, and it's something we plan to get going with next year. In the meantime, it's massively overgrown, so we thought the chooks could help us clear it down a bit! They seem to be enjoying the challenge (although one is persistently escaping and laying her eggs in the calf shed!!). I have grand designs for a big polytunnel here, alongside some outside veggies :) Chooks!Tommy watching the Chickens settle in (from the safety of Daddy's arms!)hdygg9 (1 of 8) My Chilli plants are now providing some pickable Chilli's! I haven't used them yet - must remember I have a couple in the fridge! hdygg9 (8 of 8) Finally - I had to share a pic of some Pesto Courgetti I made! Fresh basil from the garden, and our own courgettes (great way to eat them all up!). Yum. Pesto and Courgetti Until next week! More garden inspiration at Manneskjur...

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