haha, love it I picked up the sweetcorn seedlings from the nursery yesterday afternoon and was thoroughly disappointed on two counts.First,I had order 100 so I could grow enough for the whole family to put in their freezers. I was handed one medium sized punnet with about 30 all jammed in.The reason for the lack of seedlings didnt really make sense which was confusing, but I guess they had others ask for these and sold them just in case I didnt come back....and then they told me this was going to be their last week.Bugger,just after I had decided to get them to grow the seedlings for me for awhile so I could have abit more leeway in getting and staying ontop of everything. Just goes to show, if you dont support your local people, they disappear-trying to be too self sufficient has a down side worth taking into account. So, I had to go buy afew more from the hardware store and their 6 packs were pretty much the same with 2 seedlings in each of the pottle thingies. It was a good thing that it was raining when I got home cos I had to carefully take the plants out and shake out their soil so I could separate them all for planting.Only broke one so that wasnt so bad and they were all looking good when I went up to feed the chooks so with afew more rainy or cloudy days they should recover from their nasty shock. We managed to get four of the fenceposts put in along the back corner where the new chook pens are going to go. When I had first built the fence I had the posts too far apart which is why the railings warped and bent.The old brushwood has been rolled up out of the way but Im not too sure it is good for anything.This section of it was pretty much falling apart. I am not very popular at the moment because we had to, well hubby had to, break out a concrete post that was jammed in the corner and in the way. He strained his back severely doing it, but we didnt realise how bad it was til the next morning when he couldnt move. I decided that we need to move the chooks out of the garden. I havent been able to keep up with planting out enough greenstuff for them to eat by the time the dome is moved, which of course meant they had to be let out for at least the last part of the afternoon to forage and of course they find our vegies very much to their liking. Hubby had been asking me for ages, if perhaps it would be better for them to be put somewhere else, but I wanted to try to get our current system to work properly for us and so kept putting it off.I dont think he realised that the only place for them to go was in his back corner. We're friends again now tho. ....It might well be that they get moved again, knowing me,especially if the neighbours walnut tree is the reason our feijoas arent producing as well as they used to.........he'll probably read this and grind his teeth.....so when I do the internal fencing for the new pens, I'll make them easy to take out again..... But anyway, his side is such a mess and we arent ready to put up the workshop yet so it should all work out in the end. What I worked out for them was pretty much back to an old original plan I had before we started on the garden; of 2 'orchard' pens on each side of a central run,(better put in soft fruit and vines or dwarf trees, rather than long lived trees...) Now that we have worked out how to keep the neighbours dogs out,(and that they didnt kill the chooks when they did wander in afew months ago) I feel happier about them being moved. The fence has to be fixed up anyway and looks like less work than we first thought. We are going to put the little water tank on a stand next to the fence, with the chook house in front of it.Hopefully the rainwater off the roof will keep the tank filled up and this can then be gravity fed to wherever its needed. I thought putting the tank up on a stand that is at least 2 feet high would mean that they could use this as a winter dust bath area-I expect them to try to lay their eggs in here so it needed to be high enough up so I could crawl in to get them. The central scratch yard would be their 'official' pen which makes the whole thing legal from the councils point of view as it is more than 6 feet off the boundary.I can see me bringing in all the lawn clippings and compost material from the garden to the scratch yard for the girls to turn over and sort out for me and manure it slightly while they are at it.This could then go straight on the garden to mulch the beds. So the compost bins will eventually be moved out if this idea works. I need to sort out a rotation system for the garden, that is more in line with our climate.The current drawing has 4 large beds in the first half but I'm not too sure about the rear section yet.This walnut tree has grown amazingly since its partner was cut down and it is now hanging over the fence which of course means its roots are over here too. The root secretions from walnuts can inhibit things to grow, so I m seeing a possible problem in the not too distant future with this. last year, I planted the maori potatoes in one part of this section.I had thought these had all been harvested but I obviously missed heaps because they grew again this year and are already flowering. The purple skinned type with white flesh got planted out down there as well, seeing as they are all doing so well.Maybe if I keep mulching this area and grow the mustard here over winter with other winter green, this will be enough to keep the potato patch healthy. It seems silly to fight with potatoes over where they should grow and I dont have the time or energy to do so. Maybe the pumpkins will like growing in the shady area on the other side of the orange tree.I havent found anything to say that they are affected by walnuts or not so we'll just have to see how they go this year. I have been reading Sep Holzers book 'Permculture' and am wondering if there would be a way of using some of this area for mushrooms..in partially buried logs. I pinched my friends idea for making sure tomato stakes are stable. One bed has a stake for each tomato spaced two feet apart in two rows. Another has been tied at the tops of these along each row, with a small piece tying the two rows together at each end and to make sure it really is stable, one row also has a stake tied on a diagonal along the row.So far so good. The plants got put in deep with their little shallow saucers and afew cabbages were planted down the middle of the row with dwarf beans between each cabbage. The trimming from the hedge got carefully scattered over the bed. I have always done that with the hedge trimming and thought nothing of it, but a friend stopped, looked at the bed and asked what all That was and why was it there....I had assumed that everybody did things like this.Unfortunately, they seem to think that such a messy garden is the reason why I've been such a scatter brain recently, and perhaps if I tidied it up abit I might feel better......I have actually tidied up other areas that have been annoying but this isnt going to be one of them.