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May 2009 Blog Posts (6)

A busy weekend

Lots of garden activity for us this weekend.

I've bought a guava, a mandarin, two tropical pears (to be pruned small and to increase fruit set), and a persimmon, mostly on impulse. It's funny I used to plan other people's gardens for a living and can't bear to plan my own ;)

So we're rearranging this side of the yard. I'll underplant with pit pit, comfrey, nasturtiums, sweet… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 24, 2009 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Autumn harvest

The wired frame for my tomato plants collapsed today and had to be rebuilt. Too much weight - loaded with tomatoes! As usual, I've been too greedy and not spaced out the seedlings properly.

The experimental upside-down tomato plant is also fruiting, but not as well as the ones in the ground. Under the tomato basket, I've lined a trench with comfrey leaves and will put in a few potatoes.…


Added by Addy on May 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 12 Comments

Hello little pumpkin

Ooh how exciting - we have our first dear little potkin. I think it's a Red Leicester. I think it came from Green Harvest (via my friend Jen). Unfortunately it's not going to be any good for seed saving as I have about 5 varieties all flowering in the garden at the same time. Sorry.

I'm very pleased with this variety though as there are lots coming and it's a very good size for adding to family meals without having to base the whole… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 17, 2009 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Getting into the rhythm of things

It looks like I might finally be getting the hang of this gardening thing. I've been consciously trying to plant something every week and keeping a planting diary and it's paying off. Soon I will have a continuous carrot supply to go with the beans which are still producing slowly which is great! They taste soooo much better than the ones from the shops. I've just harvested another two pumpkins off the vine and it looks as if there are more on the way, provided they don't get trimmed any more… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on May 16, 2009 at 11:22 — 3 Comments

Our first egg!!!

Our chooks have finally laid their first egg!!!

We’ve got 4 chooks raised from chicks, two are Leghorns, one Australorp, and one Araucana. The Leghorns and the Australorp are about 25 to 26 weeks old, and the Araucana’s 23 weeks. We’ve been eagerly checking for eggs since 6 weeks ago!!

Ingham, Pen Pen, Freya, Marshmallow

We suspect the layer is the bigger leghorn, Ingham. She’s been pacing in and out of the coop and jumping up and down into the sleeping and nesting… Continue

Added by Florence on May 14, 2009 at 21:56 — 3 Comments

Seedlings are up; chickens are being ruthlessly excluded

Actually they were out for hours on Monday and they didn't go into the vegie garden at all. I'm crossing my fingers that they may have got the 'stay out of the vegie garden or you go straight back into your yard' message. At least for a minute.

Consequently, the latest lot of seedlings have germinated and are still in their places. You can see that they are quite happy to push their way through the thin scattering of sugar cane… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 5, 2009 at 21:03 — 5 Comments

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