Backyard Update

My plan today was to spend some time in the backyard before the rain.  As always a big walk with Samson first thing in the morning.  We walked a different way today past busy areas for something different.  Samson found some chips someone had dropped which he cleaned up within seconds.  He stopped at every tree, plant, bush, post, fence and everything in between.  We ended our walk through the park and he had a little run around.

Purple Daisies in our backyard - I just love the colour.


The moment we arrived home I put my boots on and began work in the garden.  The first job I ticked off was spreading compost around the Hellebores and lemon tree which I then topped with fresh lucerne mulch. 

'Chloe's Choice'

Over at our little veggie patch I snipped a few leaves here and there from the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli and gave them to the chickens.  There was a little surprise waiting for me which was another Romanesco Broccoli which I harvested.  The parsley had also grown quite a bit so I was able to harvest a bunch which I started munching on straight away.  


Romanesco Broccoli, leaves for cooking and parsley harvest.

I've noticed that the kale and cabbage have really come along since I spread fresh compost in those areas a few weeks ago.  The kale is not too far away now from harvesting.  I will cut the leaves from the outside and let it continue to grow.




Very happy to see the cabbage heads are getting larger and starting to feel a little firm.  I was worried the heads were taking too long however I really believe the compost boost they had a few weeks ago has helped.


Fingers crossed we will have cabbages soon.

The cauliflower seems to be taking a little long.  I did harvest one a number of weeks ago however waiting on the others to form.  It is difficult to see until they get a little larger as the leaves really curl around the growth.  Hoping in the next week I may see some little white heads popping through those leaves.

I then applied liquid seaweed to the whole veggie patch, lemon tree and Hellebores and gave it all a good water.  Up to date again for a while and I'm looking forward to seeing them blossom.

The chicken coop was a very busy one indeed this morning.  I let them be until they were all back in the run and then had a little sticky beak.


I thanked each of them on my way out.

They thoroughly enjoyed their morning tea which included a cabbage pinata, leaves from the veggie patch and some barley fodder.  They go absolutely crazy when I give them fodder.  They pull it apart within seconds and munch away as if they haven't eaten for a whole week.


They eat so fast.

I should have another sunflower fodder ready in a day or two and I also have some wheat sprouting at the moment.  This gives them a real variety and is just so healthy for them.  Very happy they enjoy it.

Our beautiful Samson snoozed away most of the morning.  Even though his eyes were closed he would wag his tail every time I walked past.  Sometimes just the tip would wag.  

I gave him a new bone before I went back inside which he loves of course.  A big walk, naps and a bone makes him very happy indeed.


That got him up.

I was happy with what I accomplished out in the yard this morning and finished just as the rain started.  

Happy garden, chickens and a very happy Samson.  I'm very happy too actually.  Being outside, fresh air, exercise, garden and animals really make you feel great.








14 comments

  1. Your veg is growing well, Kylie. Very healthy! Being outside makes me happy too! Meg:)

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    1. So good for our mind getting out there. I find the longer I walk with Samson the better I feel and I just want to keep going. He certainly doesn't complain.

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  2. The daisies are the most fabulous colour. All your animals are extremely well catered for, I'm not surprised they're so happy. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much. I really do love our animals.

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  3. Hi Kylie,
    your day sounds a lot like mine. The garden is my favourite place to be especially at the moment as the blossom on our fruit trees has started to open. I try to get some chores done in the veggie garden every day and end up spending a few hours there. I collect eggs from our lovely hens and get them some greens fresh from the garden. At the moment we have a glut of kale as I planted 3 different types and lots of spinach and silverbeet. If you haven't tried growing silverbeet you should as it's very easy to grow and your hens will love it. I'm planning to sow seeds of a few varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies and zucchini and hope to have my seedlings ready to plant in a few weeks time.
    I look forward to your blog each day and love reading about the same kind of activities that I really enjoy.
    Regards, Maria.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoy catching up on my blog Maria. Time really slips by when you get out in the garden especially when the sun is shining on your back. I find the more I'm out there the more I want to be out there if that makes sense.
      I hope all goes well with your seedlings - well done.

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  4. Hi Kylie, I agree. I need to feed and much my citrus trees, too. Samson looks wonderful. You take such good care of him. The eggs are beautiful, too.

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    1. Whenever we pass people in the park and they ask how old Samson is they are always surprised when I say 11. He gets a lot of comments and attention. It's that gorgeous face of his and personality. Have a great Friday.

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  5. My purple daisies died during the prolonged dry spell last Summer. :-(

    Its wonderful gardening weather at the moment. The cabbage looks great, I haven't grown cabbage but I am thinking I will give it a go at some stage. I was turned off eating cabbage for decades as my mother did not know how to cook it properly and it was always just a lump of smelly mess sitting on our plates.

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    1. A lump of smelly mess made me smile. I hope you are successful in growing cabbage and enjoy eating it. Mine will be made into sauerkraut, perhaps fried with different sauces and shared with the chickens.

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  6. I love reading about your garden. Those daisies are so colorful. I don't think I've seen that shade of purple daisies before.

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    1. They are just so vibrant and purple is my favourite colour. They brighten the yard so much and make me smile every time I see them.

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  7. I wish I could grow broccoli, kale and cauliflower up here without it being decimated by the white cabbage moth caterpillar. I don't like to spray the food I eat, so next year I will get it in early autumn and cover it with insect mesh.

    I love your purple daisy, such a glorious colour. Whenever I see or wear purple I am reminded of the poem, When I am old - here is a snippet of it "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me,And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves...." It is written by Jenny Joseph. Cheers Lyndie

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    1. That poem reminded me of my Nan straight away with her purple hair, big jewellery and her love of beer.

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