Like tomatoes ~ they like being watered from below, it stops the leaves getting wet and then getting fungal diseases like blight. ( ok they can still get blight - but it helps!)
Then there are 2 beds of tomatoes with aubergines in the middle, one bed of sweetcorn and barlotti beans, also the garlic we planted last year - we'll harvest that in a couple of months. You can't see the Alderman peas which are at the back, nor the gem squash or the loofah! I planted one this year - I'm so keen for it to flower and form loofahs. I'll keep you posted on that one. Anyway, after an incredibly slow start things are moving along nicely now. We're harvesting a courgette every day.
Now! Mavis's babies. Because they are so much smaller than other chicks we've had, I waited longer to let them all out of their wee house, but I could see Mavis was going stir crazy ( keep in mind the house is at last 30 times the size of something a battery chicken would be kept in - with 2 stories and things to play on, it doesn't bear thinking about how those poor chickens must suffer.)
So I let them out yesterday and wow! they had a ball. They all started to fly, then run around like wee crazy things. All the other chickens didn't pay them one bit of attention. They had a communal dust bath and generally had a great time. I did check on them about a gazillion times to make sure everything was ok.
Last night at chicken bed time I went out to see what was happening, I had hoped Mavis would take them all back to their house to go to bed there, but she had other ideas - she had missed roosting in the tree so she just went up to sleep. At first I thought "no way will the wee chicks get up there" and I was all set to lift her down and get them into the house - but nope! All 8 of them flew up into the tree! SO funny, half of them were under her, roosting and 2 were sitting on her back, quite the thing.