Grass seed

The seed I sowed almost a month ago hasn’t germinated … so today I raked over the ground and started again, this time with newer (though not fresh) seed. If this doesn’t germinate, I might resort to turf! The remains of the old seed I scattered around the garden on various bare patches, just in case the improving weather might trigger it into action. If not, the birds will make good use of it, I’m sure!

It was a lovely warm afternoon, so when I’d done, I simply sat a while in the Hen Run. The gate to the garden was open, but most of the girls were content to preen and snooze in the sun.


After a while, The Moppets paid me no attention, but the ex-batts are always curious …


From left to right – Mandy, Milly and Molly

The pecking order is well and truly sorted (at least between the ex-batts and The Moppets – there’s still a bit of friction in each group as to boundaries) and once the ex-batts are on the move, The Moppets keep well out of the way …


Around the garden, things are beginning to grow …


I’m still mulling over plans for a bantam run … I’ve changed my mind about a design a dozen times already. But I think I’m gradually pinning it down. I’ve been looking around the internet for ideas, too … here are a whole range of options, home made and purchased. I just wish I’d been allowed to take carpentry at school!

eta – forgot to add that all the girls made their own way down from the Cube this morning … I must take a lie in more often!

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