|Green manure (mustard), daffodils and hundreds of hedge garlic seedlings (weeds)|
I'm actually pretty impressed by the mustard's tenacity; it's continued to grow and is now looking pretty lush, although I would have liked for it to cover more ground than it does--which is possibly a result of my broadcasting skills. To make up for it, there is now a blanketing of hedge garlic seedlings everywhere else in the bed. I don't mind this, to tell the truth. It's a weed, yes, but as I don't have anything else to grow there, I'd rather the soil was covered by it than by more pernicious weed (such as blackberry brambles or creeping buttercup). Plus the chickens eat it, and it's even edible for us humans.
|Mustard and rye seedlings|
At this point, I don't have concrete plans for the old chicken yard, but I know chickens will be on it again in the future, so some perennials (either ornamental or food producing) are in order--preferrably shade tolerant. Green manure now will help keep the weeds at bay and prepare the soil for future plantings; chickens can eat it when it matures, too.