In the past I believed a good gardener was amongst other things, a tidy gardener. Removing all dead material from view and either composting it or tossing it.
I've also always believed that a healthy garden is one full of wildlife - bit hard for them to achieve when I've been tossing out their natural habitats!
Since I've been focusing on growing organic edibles a lot of my old "beliefs" have been challenged by the things I've read or been told. I attend as many workshops as I…Continue
Getting the plot started has involved laying down lots and lots of straw (lucerne and normal straw). I then ordered some green manure seeds and had just planted them last Wed. To my amazement and complete delight, I discovered today the first fruits of my labours in the form of Lab Lab beans as part of the green manure. To some, it may not be a great achievement, but to me, it is the beginning of a hopefully long and fruitful relationship with the garden (hoping I have inherited my grandad's…Continue
My garden to date has consisted of herbs and tomatoes in pots. The tomatoes did ok crop-wise, but have long since succumbed to the summer heat. The remaining herbs and pots below. The chillies are going crazy, the basil is doing well and the capsicum not so great.…Continue
My little space in the world is host to over 20 fruit trees (most at infant age) and 5 garden beds, three of which are raised in ACQ timber and two in existing stoned beds. At the time of purchase the now current garden was literally a rainforest (picture below). I had over 20 trees necked which were mainly palms and brought in 15 cubic meters of dirt to level the area.
Above - first day of 2013. We've had enough rain that the tank hasn't run dry, but not enough that I can rely on the rain to keep things consistently moist so have been watering mornings. Afternoons on occasion if I have really early work starts.
Photo (above) courtesy of the net.
Tried some of Joseph's home grown winter melon some months ago (grows in the warm weather, eaten traditionally in the cold weather due to it's long shelf life) and I'm determined to grow some of my own as I found it delicious. I've just planted some seeds so fingers crossed I get seedlings.
Another one of those multi use plants where the shoots, leaves, tendrils and fruit are all edible. I just love growing those types of…Continue