September 18, 2010 at 10:56 am #253249
I will get to the chicken wicken bit in a minute, but I just want to put the proof up about my winter toms!! :rol:
This is the bed of my mandala that I planted some advanced tomato seedlings in in March. I knew they were the wrong time, but they just popped up by themselves in the seedling trays and since my summer tomatoes had failed…. I couldn’t resist.September 18, 2010 at 10:58 am #477951
The actual plants at the beginning of june. Who’d have thought they’d grow so quick – of course, it did help that I’d installed drip irrigation just before they went in.September 18, 2010 at 10:59 am #477952
At the beginning of june still.. and they had trusses like these on most of themSeptember 18, 2010 at 11:00 am #477953
Even the Romas were doing wellSeptember 18, 2010 at 11:04 am #477954
Even mid way through june the plants look healthy and have heaps of blossom.September 18, 2010 at 11:23 am #477955
Toward the end of june, despite the cold, the tomatoes started to ripen. I picked them mainly when they were just going red, because the cold made them really slow to ripen and the ripened better indoors.September 18, 2010 at 11:27 am #477956
The numbers of tomatoes kept increasing until in August I was picking a bowlful every few days to ripen. So growing tomatoes in winter was definitely worth it. The winter had a slow warm start but even the very cold couple of weeks with lots of frost didn’t seem to bother the tomatoes too much – some of them died off, but the most productive kept on.
Will definitely be trying this next year. Just got to make sure the patch I use is just as sheltered without forgetting to rotate the crops.September 18, 2010 at 11:28 am #477957
Great toms!!!….but whats the chicken wicken bit??????September 18, 2010 at 11:54 am #477958
So here is what part of my garden looked like at the beginning of winter. Ive tried to do a panoramic view while standing precariously on the railing of my verandah.
This is the kids swings, the tree which I raise my seedlings to advanced stage in winter (I move them in summer when the tree leafs up). The bed next to the tree gets invaded by the roots so my winter project is to use the tiles next to it and turn it into a wicking bed – hence the chicken wicken title to the thread.
The espalier plants are my two apples and stella cherry – I hope they bear next year, I planted them last winter.September 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm #477959
Here is the rest of the garden (or what I can see from the verandah) including the amazing winter tomato bed 😉 . My winter project is also to dig a pond in the middle bed of the mandala system. You can see that the chickens are almost finished their cycle and will be coming off soon.September 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm #477960
Chicken wicken bit coming up – I have a Linda Woodrow style manadla garden with a moving chicken dome, so thats where the chicken bit comes in…. I’ll wait for another night to put in my wicking photosSeptember 19, 2010 at 4:55 am #477961
Great to see another Woodrow mandela system on the go and will look forward to comparing notes. :clap: My girls and their roo have one site to go in their first rotation – we will move them tomorrow if not too wet.We built a very strong geodesic dome which is pegged and weighted down due to foxes, so it takes about three hours to unpeg, move and repeg and weight down the dome. I think it is bigger than the Woodrow measurements too. How many chooks do you have? Will add pics to my blog soon.September 19, 2010 at 11:20 am #477962
My dome is smaller than Woodrow’s – we are on a suburban block and want to keep some lawn for the kids as well (encourage them outside where mum wont growl at them for not keeping on the path). It’s 2.7m accross but I think it is higher (didn’t want to duck much when I go in). I have 6 chooks at the moment, two of them bantams. The bantams are for the kids, Barbu d’Uccle’s are known for the passivity – that reminds me, I said I’d bring them into preschool tomorrow. I hope to get a few Arucana (or however you spell it) eggs to hatch soon to fill out the numbers. Due to all the cats and dogs, we don’t have foxes, so we’re lucky.September 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm #477963
Thanks Feywind. I thought your dome looked a bit smaller.It must be easy to move “in ten minutes” a la Woodrow . Have you done Guild Planting as in Linda’s book? If so, how did it go? How long have you been using this system?September 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm #477964
WOW! Well done!
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