After several days away from the garden and Gertrude, I have had the chance to give her some more weeds and this morning I have been out getting ready for the new season crops.
We are still eating a few summer foods (tomatoes, eggplants, capsicum and kale) and we have an assortment of food from last winter in the freezer... we are doing well.
This week, potatoes have emerged from last year's plot. I must have missed quite a few! They are sprouting now and will no doubt provide us with another few meals...
The newest garden bed is one that I've assembled from part of last year's huge and productive patch, but I think it will be easier to manage in the new format... not to mention that the rows will be nearly "north-south" rather than "east-west" where I need to think about which rows might shade others.
I have decided that in my garden of one acre, a goat is one of the best weed control/fertiliser producing assets. I will be looking for a milk producer soon.