I think it's about time I did a round up of just what we've got growing in and around the house at the moment.
Food for the future, one of the 15 fruit trees and bushes planted a couple of months ago.
On the kitchen window sill we have tomatoes, garlic, parsley, corriander and basil.
Around the old swing and climbing frame (picture above taken on planting) we have peas and beans.
In the three main veggie beds we have an assortment of potaotoes, earlies, late earlies and one bed of main crop. The first new potatoes should be on our plates by next week.
(This picture taken a couple of weeks ago.)
In the smaller mixed veggie bed above we have 1 solitary cauliflower (where did all the others go?), radishes, lovely strong cabbages, red onions, 3 curry plants, 2 heads of rhubarb, a rasberry bush and peas planted around wired edges. Also in the corner of this bed is the strawberry tub, housing 30 strawberry plants and now showing the promise of fruit to come on the top layer.
In the tyres we have courgettes, lettuce, mixed leaf lettuce, carrots, cauliflowers, beetroot, spring onion and Pak Choi.
In the orange buckets we have new potatoes and chives and more beetroot.
And of course fresh every day from the ladies we have brown eggs.
We have already been eating the mixed salad leaves, pak choi, lettuce, radish and spring onion, I am about to pickle some of the baby beetroot and I think on the menu tonight will be the first of the baby carrots.
In the week since we have had the chickens, we have used the cracked eggs to make a lovely veggie omlette, we have had three breakfasts of scrambled egg on toast, one breakfast of soft boiled eggs and I have 38 eggs in the larder.
All in all I think we have dipped our little toes in the pool of self sufficiency, and it looks set to expand with the delivery of our new shed today, which has a lovely large glass window so seeds can be grown on a shelf out there too.