The garden is down to a few bunches of flowers, a few cherry tomatoes and yellow squash that were still producing but last night's frost most likely took those down, as well as some of the flowers. I'll be moving more chips onto the garden to put it to bed for the winter but will also be planting some winter greens.
This wood chip gardening method has impressed me greatly, so I'll be continuing to develop it and expect I'll see huge returns on that in the next garden season. I was amazed at the difference in the soil in such a short time~between spring and fall, after suffering with this hard pack clay for so many years that has eaten so many amendments without any good results...until now.
Before~this is after it was tilled 5 times in a row and had a rainfall...that quickly compacted it back to its original texture, hard as a rock.
After placing wood chips on it, even at a shallow depth of 2-4 in., for spring/summer/fall....the soil under the chips is moist and loose even when it hasn't rained for a couple of weeks.
The flock is doing great and is taking the majority of their nutrition off pasture right now, with the growing flock replacements now at 5 mo. of age. I got one cockerel worth keeping as my new flock master out of this spring's breeding efforts and also have a few pullets to keep for breeding stock for next year. At the end of this month I'll be culling all the extra cockerels.
All the young birds are still lanky and growing into their eventual maturity, but I see some promise in my chosen birds. This young cockerel will be my new flock master for next year's breeding and flock activities. He's far from perfect but he's heading in the right direction so far and he's the only one of this year's breeding that seems to be doing so.
Will be trying a small, new experiment for this next year's breeding efforts, so will be tweaking my breeding pen to accommodate this new mode of doing things. Can't wait to plant a garden in my new soil being built on the garden and put some new breeders into the revamped breeding area and see what happens there.