I have been out of sorts these past few days. I have spent an enormous amount of time in the garden of late with my homemade sprays in hand and keeping all the pests at bay. I have managed to cause more damage than good with one particular organic spray by getting the dosage wrong and it damaged some of my plants, especially my broccolli and squashes! Huge yellow spots – almost as if they have been  burnt! I have also managed to give some plants too much water (that’s a first!!) and they have turned yellow and flopped. They are the baby marrow plants and …….

The worst of the damage is done by two of the three chickens – Vanilla and Skollie!! They manage to break out and destroy the raised beds! I am so downhearted and I cannot get cross with them because it is just what chickens do!! I run around shouting with my feather duster in my hand but tomorrow they will have gotten loose again (I still do not know how they get out!!) and will have made mince meat of my broccolli, cabbage and my spinach! The rest on the plants they just trample all over or scratch out!  I still have not had a real salad from my garden yet!

Oh well, I still get great pleasure from my garden and it just tells me that I have to make a plan with these chickens!

Happy Gardening xxxxx