I have not had the best start to the week. We have had heavy, almost monsoon like rain every day all day so far and it is forecast to continue for the rest of the week. Now while this is brilliant news for the plants, it is not so great news for the construction of the raised bed. Plus I have contracted some horrible stomach bug thing so am writing this whilst propped up in bed!
Still being a beginner at this, I was really worried about the fact that I had planted my lettuce seedlings so close together – I thought they would suffocate one another before they even had a chance to get outdoors, but on Gardener’s World last night I noticed that Toby Buckland had done the same with his seedlings, it seems for lettuce, because they are ‘cut and come again’ plants (pretty self explanatory, but basically that you can cut off as many leaves as you like and then return to get more another time) you can grow the leafy types fairly close together if you are going to be using the leaves frequently. So thats a big relief.
I also really want to get into the garden and start composting the garden waste that has been dumped over the fence. This is important as if we are going to get chickens then we don’t want rats or mice making nests near to them, so I need to get the compost all sorted out before the chickens arrive.
Additionally, if you do require any guidance on rats and mice posing a risk to your chickens, a great leaflet to download is the DEFRA Guide to controlling rat infestations within poultry flocks: http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/zoonoses/documents/reports/salrodent.pdf
We have had to pay particular attention to this as we live next door to a pub, so certain health and safety standards do need to be adhered to. Dont let this put you off though!