Dirty hands, our 3rd permaculture workshop

Our third and final permaculture workshop was held Sunday 27th April 2014, (yes I had this blog post sitting in drafts and overlooked for the month of May, oops). In the days leading up to Sunday we were madly checking the latest weather forecast updates and despite the looming great thunder-clouds threatening to downpour, we crossed our fingers for good gardening weather. And it worked, in the end it was a perfect day for digging in the garden. Plus we had a great turnout of helping hands with over 20 people big and small. Our 3 new chickens were happy for the company (especially the grey clucker who is more like a dog than a chicken) but at times were also petrified of the very energetic and over-excited children. (They still managed to each squeeze out an egg by the end of the day - the chickens that is. Thank you ladies!) We are now waiting until Les Saints de Glace pass which is mid May, when the freezing cold winds swoosh elsewhere, the risk of frost has cleared and the timing is right to plant outdoors. Grow green grow!

A hole and a hot house

The boys worked hard in our heavy soil and dug a 3 metre long hole for a pond. And next to it up went a hot house. Before it was complete, I started moving in my green babies, that is my seedlings. They LOVE it in there, and so do I. Hot and humid and full of lush, green, happy plants. Reminds me of the first time I landed in Honolulu air port. Steamy and buzzing with life.

It seems correct, but why are we left with extra screws? 

It seems correct, but why are we left with extra screws? 

The pond beginnings.

The pond beginnings.

The first of the lasagna vegetable beds, layers upon layers of organic goodness, come hither worms!

The first of the lasagna vegetable beds, layers upon layers of organic goodness, come hither worms!

Three nutty young ladies

Chickens. We've adopted three lovely young ladies. All nutty in their own way, and chatty and adorable. I love chickens. And they seem to love us. They'd happily come inside our house if they could.

Our House the Greenhouse

My green babies, growing remarkably well indoors, protected here until the frosts disappear. I hope my tomato allergy miraculously clears up in the next few months, all I can say is we're going to have enough tomatoes to fill a large truck. Maybe two trucks. Amongst the sprouting greenery is Parsley, Coriander, Basil, a selection of Pumpkins, four varieties of Echinacea, Arnica, Giant Sunflowers and Chrysanthemums to pretty-up the window ledges. It's my first time planting toms from seed and I never expected such success. I confess I am obsessed. I do give them a lot of love. Around 50 tomato plants of various varieties are taking over our living space, all eager to be the tallest and most prosperous. That will make for quite a few tomatoes. Preserving here we come. Let's get that greenhouse built tout de suite!

Tomatoes here we come.

A selection of my indoor forest.