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Fine spring weather, BBQ and Chicken Coop update

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The good weather of early spring is here and perfect BBQ weather.

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Today I finally got round finishing the laying boxes for the chickens.  Bar a ramp we’re now ready for them. We did end up sacrificing the automated door which still doesn’t yet work. But it works well enough on manual so we’ll go with that so I get fresh eggs for ice ream making in the summer.

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Completely over engineered – the material bill was about £8. The blocks on the cleaning and inspection hatches work as both handles and lock for the doors. One turns and rests on the other to make sure they don’t accidently open on their own.

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The roosting bars are Sanded down to allow the chickens to comfortably perch of they want to.

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Of course when we finally mounted the nesting boxes we found out didn’t fit. So I had to re-engineer the wire doors.

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After our green house clean up the seeds Helen planted are coming along well and the mangetout is already well underway!

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Strangely another creature is taking over the garden now…

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The BBQ

Remember that sweet chili sauce?

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Well…

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Sunday lunch, you’re doing it wrong

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The sun came out whilst I was working in the garden! Quick BBQ!

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Plans

Plan for the new garden

Click on the above to have a look in full scale. 
Originally I was intending to do 2-3ft deep raised beds made of brick.  This is probably too expensive for my pocket however, so we may end up digging it into the ground instead.
The fruit trees at the back will replace the original conifers, the existing pond will be under the patio area.
Why have I planned it this way?
The garden is north facing, so the fruit trees at the very rear of the property are sited there to maximise the use of available sunlight.  The chicken runs are situated under the trees which will eventually provide the shade.  They’re also up that end because when I clean them out, I want to move their effluence onto the vegetable patch as manure.  The telephone box is there just to be interesting (and provide a funky yet expensive shed). 
The idea behind the circular vegetable bed was inspired by this instructable, it allows us to better rotate our crops and also be able to reach all around with as few paths as possible.  It also is a bit different than rectangular raised beds which are lets face it, a bit dull.
The arch and vegetable beds will break the allotment side of the garden from the social side – though technically we’ll still have the herb beds situated close to the house.  Where the old pond is will be a patio dining area, which will be next to the BBQ and pizza oven.  The old pond may yet still be used as a soakaway or as a resevoir for the garden.
Finally close to the house will be laid to lawn, this’ll be for the odd occasional bit of sun bathing (which can only really happen between 11am and 3ishpm as the house is north facing, but don’t tell the missus) and ‘playing’ on.

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