From 750g of seed potatoes plus a couple of Dutchies from a retailer, harvested 3.730g.
Planting in August is a tad too late in the heat ... next time I'd plant as soon as the eyes have developed. And I'd give them a tad more space, too. A 300L bed was a bit cramped. And I'd mix compost (if I have enough!) with the cane mulch and try and encourage some more tubers further up the stems.
The cane mulch plus the layers of 30 percent shade cloth I used to extend the bed depth… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on October 28, 2009 at 15:38 —
I'm drinking coffee right now. I love coffee. I love going to the grinding shop and smelling the different coffees in the big round tubs. I love buying coffee in a vaccuum pack and foofing the smell onto my face through the valve on the way home.
Developing coffee berries
I try to only drink one or two cups per day on work days, and one or none on non-work days. Sometimes I switch to tea for a while and give my liver and… Continue
Added by Scarlett on October 10, 2009 at 11:55 —
CUCUMBERS! My favourite summer crop, and the first spring planting to go into the old tomato bed. The "infrastructure manager" built a fab angled cukie frame which also incorporates a frame for shadecloth:
The cukies are climbing happily up the mesh, and already have baby cukes! I planted 8 "burpless" and 4 "lebanese"! I've also put in some zucchinis with the cukies. Going to be a crowded bed… Continue
Added by Addy on October 8, 2009 at 16:54 —
Spring’s been knocking on my front door ~ see the photo of our front garden (still needs borders put in, will be re-using our old pavers)
Although just planted, the mulberry tree’s full of ~ well ~ mulberries ~ We’ve harvested about a dozen, before this picture was taken. The blueberries are bearing fruits now too, but a long way till they’re ripe.
The pomelo have finished flowering, they were huge white flowers loved by… Continue
Added by Florence on October 4, 2009 at 22:06 —
If you are a new food gardener, a very experienced one or in between, it is quite likely that large birds have taken more than their fair share of produce from your garden. Its a very common complaint of food gardeners in my experience, particularly in locations with big native bird populations. I have just published an article to my blog titled Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds
and talks… Continue
Added by Peter Kearney on September 22, 2009 at 15:47 —
The shady corner of the garden beds.
Baby mizuna and pak choy.
We just finished another bunch, and I'm going to cut another (not this one) this weekend.
Lychee in flower
The lime appears to be trying to… Continue
Added by Scarlett on September 11, 2009 at 18:19 —
Family life and food gardening: sometimes they're incredibly complementary, sometimes they compete for every available scrap of your time. Recently it's mostly been the competitive scenario - hence the lack of computer activity on my part.
I haven't done much in the garden either. For example my pond is still not in - we haven't even dug the hole!
I noticed today that my… Continue
Added by Scarlett on September 9, 2009 at 21:38 —
Connections help us to weave through the sometimes bumpy road of life and enrich our human experience. Growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs allows you to enter a hot bed of connections which are fundamental to life on earth.
When a food gardener becomes conscious of these connections, a green thumb begins to appear and your effectiveness jumps significantly. You become much more effective at growing your own food in your own backyard, community garden, school or farm. Lets… Continue
Added by Peter Kearney on September 2, 2009 at 21:31 —
Other then the potato bed, another veggie bed was ready to plant and has been filled with soil + horse manure + coffee ground since my last blog. This is the legume bed, although It’s only 80% filled, but can’t wait to start planting into it. So I’ve sown snowpeas, garden peas, sugarsnaps & pigeon peas in it, except for pigeon peas and garden peas (I think) all have germinated, and the tallest seedling is about 20 cm high!
Added by Florence on August 26, 2009 at 22:13 —
This heat wave, plus empty water tank, has put great stress on my productive garden! We have been hand watering and mulching like mad, but today I noticed 2 of my little caulis have turned pink - the bigger ones seem to be coping. So some damage control measures had to be taken, and hubby was pressed into labour. In a few minutes, he erected a frame over the brassica bed, and threw an old shadecloth over it, stapled on and voila!
During the last… Continue
Added by Addy on August 26, 2009 at 16:38 —
Well, it's been an amazing weekend in the garden. Sorry I didn't make it to your visit Amanda - we ended up so busy in our garden and I had to make the most of my fiance's weekend off for the heavy labour part (he only get 1 in 3). Earlier in the week he borrowed the neighbour's rotary hoe and extended out the patch down the side of the house and dug me a whole new patch at the back of the house. We spent yesterday replanting some of our hedge and swapping some plants with bigger ones donated… Continue
Added by Vanessa Collier on August 23, 2009 at 21:06 —
A unique two-day professional development seminar for teachers, parents and educators
* Participate in workshops and activities designed to help you develop your own ideas
* Meet others who share your interest for learning in the garden and share experiences
* Learn to design and manage sustainable systems associated with the garden
* Explore how to fund your project and develop partnerships with the wider community
* Learn how to build commitment and ownership… Continue
Added by Faith Thomas on August 13, 2009 at 14:05 —
was out in the garden yesterday afternoon. The garlic chives were busting out of the little pot I had them in, so I repotted into a massive one. It is stressful for them to be repotted but we made it and now I have to water and nourish until it grows back up big again. The storm came in just as I was trying to top up the soil it was a nice afternoon.
Added by Jess Osborne on August 13, 2009 at 8:31 —
What a lovely day for it. I hope the promised rain materialises later on.
I took all of the fittings off my pump and put plumbing tape on them, all the leaks are gone. I only lost a bit of water because the tank is almost empty - I've been waiting. Fingers crossed for a rainstorm.
I cut back most of the passionfruit vine along the fence, only leaving big strong vines and a couple of nodes on the side leaders for new shoots… Continue
Added by Scarlett on August 12, 2009 at 16:14 —
Well, we had a busy day in the garden yesterday preparing the back bed for spring planting in a couple of weeks' time. The whole bed was covered in tomatoes bar a little patch I dug up and planted a few weeks ago. I picked off the ripe tomatoes as we went and ended up with half a 9 litre bucket! I put a thin layer of mulch down which will hopefully start to break down a little by over the next two weeks before I start planting. The patch looks so bare just covered in mulch, but it also looks… Continue
Added by Vanessa Collier on August 2, 2009 at 10:33 —
The garden reno’s not progressing as much as I hope due to other less interesting but important commitments in life, I can only contribute a couple of hours a week on this project when the weather is good. Except for last weekend when I took a day off to move the 5 cubic metre DeCo I ordered, still some in the front though.
Two of the four veggie beds on the west side of the house are more accurately positioned parallel to the house, lined with black plastics on the inside, and… Continue
Added by Florence on July 30, 2009 at 22:22 —
There are many hidden treasures in a food garden. For me, one of the doorways to finding them is through contemplation, sitting time with no physical garden activity.
Contemplation time is important for building a relationship to your garden sanctuary. You get to observe in slow way and appreciate the diverse beauty evolving each day.
There is an energetic transfer between all living things in the garden during this time of contemplation. The plants respond to this energy… Continue
Added by Peter Kearney on July 19, 2009 at 7:12 —
Subtropical edible shade garden down the south-east side of the house
Bananas, pawpaws, turmeric, ginger, galangal, coffee, passionfruit. My baby taro died - need to try again.
Big tall ladyfingers- the others are all dwarf bananas
New potato trench under the clothesline…
Added by Scarlett on July 17, 2009 at 16:30 —
Reading others' blogs and posts made me feel really slack! Apart from maintenance, I haven't put in new seedlings or seeds (excepting beans) - but am still enjoying the fruits of my previous labours! The heaviest croppers are tomatoes:
I harvest this amount every 2 or 3 days! The vines are starting to look a bit naked as my dad picks all the dead leaves off, but still bearing well.
I intend to leave 3 plants… Continue
Added by Addy on July 15, 2009 at 15:07 —
I'll have to add photos later - for now I am only words
I pulled out our pumpkins because I want the space they had consumed. The vines have filled our compost bin. The banana pawpaw circle is groaning with banana stems plus the dead wattle tree from out the front, so it's no use for the moment.
I would like to have left the pumpkins in (soon this infernal cold will pass and they would have 'gone off', they have so many babies attempting to set all the time).
Added by Scarlett on July 12, 2009 at 22:00 —