Here are some photos of how the garden is looking at the moment.
Dianne's first day in the garden. Not a very flattering photos. But this is me after 8 weeks in hospital.…Continue
Well, you have all heard me lament about my lack of space and the fact that I have run out of room on my tiny 560 square meter block of land. Don't get me wrong, I pack a lot in but I have to be very strategic with my plantings and I'm now at the stage that if I want to plant anything new, I must first rip something out. Case in point, my large apple tree was removed 3 weekends ago because I want more flowers, a pond and a rose garden. Here is the progress on…Continue
Tromboncinos: an Italian heirloom zucchini originally from Liguria.
If you have space, 'tis an essential grow.
Since I'm renovating outback I had to cut down a couple of these vines, thus the contents of these…Continue
It was the most amazing day for a visit to Daley's. I managed to drag my butt out of bed at 5:15 and was on the road by 5:45 to start the journey. Google maps told me it would be 2hrs and 15 min via lions road. "Perfect" I thought. Macca's stop for coffee, toilet break when I'm almost there because of said coffee and I would still arrive at 9 am (You read that correctly and I can add up -Stupid daylight savings time). Plenty of time for me to stop in Kyogle and grab something to eat and…Continue
This year I am doing well with eggs. I'm getting a dozen quail eggs every second day (and almost 20 of them aren't old enough to lay yet!) I'm also freezing processed male quails now and currently have 5 vacuumed sealed ready to cook. I might even have a crack at smoking one. The chickens are still producing 2 or 3 eggs a day. If I could keep a rooster, my poultry could go "off grid."…Continue
Now I was born in the Chinese Year of the Rat but that doesn't mean I want them. However, the rats have decided to make our place their home leaving their calling cards all over the place. I have asked them politely to pack their bags and go. The have refused and their numbers are growing. The last straw was them invading my workshop. They have to go.
I do have an English Toy Terrier called Bucky. They have a reputation of the supreme rat killing machine.
The English Toy…Continue
What a glorious weekend. I got there at 8am and had a lovely wander around while it was not crowded. Of course, I had to stop at Grandma’s cottage garden where I picked up 3 more (small) salvias - Denver, jitterbug, cupie doll and a dwarf Shantae daisy to go in the front garden that I just cleaned up…Continue
I've managed to get in 7 hours of good gardening last weekend and feel like I've achieved a lot. Vegie wise, I planted out into seedling punnets some broccoli, beetroot, lettuce and spinach. Direct sowed some bush beans and dwarf peas. I lost all but 2 of the beetroots I planted 2 weeks ago - I need to learn my lesson and just not buy them as seedlings. I never have any luck with those but when I make my own seedlings to transplant, I never have a drama???…Continue
January 2018 Harvest:
3kg sweet potato
2 Cherry tomatoes
1 red bell chilli
2 small cabbages
OMG the garden is suffering. Infested with fruit fly and crickets! Given up planting anything new for the moment - the zukes and toms went in too late and shouldn't have bothered. …Continue
Whoever 'Huey' may be ...
The local Butcherbirds prefer to wait out the rain under shelter on the back patio:
The back tank full to overflowing:…Continue
With Autumn nearly upon us, I am trying to seriously get my garden beds going. I had hoped to get a lot more done this weekend but with the torrential downpours interspersed with sunshine and extreme humidity, it has been more of a labour than a labour of love. Everything I have planted previously is just taking off though, so that is good.
My cucumber seedling (continental by Floriana) has got about 4 fruit this size and is absolutely loaded with…Continue
Added by Susan on February 25, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments
As I pointed out --…Continue
How's the gardening going in this heat? I got a little motivated a couple of weeks ago and then this heat hit and I went "Nope". Luckily for me, everything has survived so far of the new plantings. I put that down to using a seasol combined with a wetting agent in a hose on pack "seasol super soil wetter and conditioner" -> I did the whole yard and all the wicking beds as nothing was doing well and the soil looked awful. In the heat, it is very easy for the…Continue
UPDATE (February 18):
For those who watched the video, things have moved on from the previous post below. I am now slaughtering spare males and old females who no longer lay. Yes, I'm quite comfortable with the decision. No, there is no cruelty what-so-ever. In a complete random act of insanity, I am testing whether Big Bertha (the barred plymouth rock) will sit on quail eggs. Oh, the quails are laying and it's too hot for the chickens to want to perform. …Continue
Vetiver and I have finally decided to get engaged so that we are retrofitting our family home together. Over the past two years we have grown closer to one another so that a day seldom goes by when we aren't interacting with one another... in an horticultural sense of course.
I've come to know Vetiver's ways and have learnt to appreciate the plant even more. In that embrace I can imagine the grass' potential.
At present I have three projects in mind:
The great joy of annuals and the like is that nothing lasts as it was. Gardening with non perennial plants is full of options,quickly realised.
Since taking up with Vetiver grass (we are indeed married)-- we've not only had many offspring together but I've experimented with uses.
The big deal is that I'm embarking on a garden retrofit structured by Vetiver hedges.
I guess the main impetus for this is that after installing a spear pump my irrigation protocols have…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on January 28, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments
No gardening getting done at my place at the moment. As things die/expire, there is no new planting. 6 out of my 8 wicking beds are completely empty. IT IS DIRE!! Lucky for me my mother is staying with me at the moment as I went back to work last week and she has been watering everything for me. My tank is dry as a bone - we are on town water again.
There are still things coming in from the garden which continues to surprise me. Those trombonccino's, Dianne's perennial…Continue
We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying.
Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.…Continue
Total harvest in 2017:
|Beans - Broad beans||150g + 8 units|
|Beans - french dwarf||3 units|
|Beans - Madagascar beans||150g + handful|
|Berries - blueberries||2 units|
|Berries - Strawberry||10 units|
|Carrots - baby||185g + 17…|
December 2017 harvest:
-10 large couve torchuda leaves + rest gone to butterflies
-650g red eggplant + and extra kilo gone to Qld Fruit Flies :(
- 9 passionfruit (+ some for possums)
- spring onions
- Herbs (mint, rosemary, mother of herb, thyme)
- 5kg sweet potato (of which 1.7kg in peels)
Loving the summer rain but garden is massacred by Fruit fly and Cabbage White butterflies. I didn't listen. I thought I could get away with it.…Continue
Added by Sophie on January 3, 2018 at 10:02 — No Comments