Sorry for the sparse update. I've been having a devil of a time connecting my phone to my computer to share pictures. There's been more computer issues than that but that's computers in current year.
I filled my Birdies raised bed garden with soil and mixed in fertilizer on the advice from nursery staff. I *may* not have mixed it in well enough. Fingers crossed.
Plants consist of Roma Tomato, Corn, Cucumber, Rosemary and Lavender (to keep fleas, ticks, flies,…Continue
Pride of place in the broth is always the radish.
I'm a daikon aficionado and that includes the Watermelon pinks (pictured).
I'm at that stage where I'm beginning to foster a supply line. They are never…Continue
Tiny farm tales...
I have 48 quail eggs in the incubator, on day 7 now. They have about 10-12 days to go. That’s left me with four dozen eggs for eating. That’s a thought process that I mostly leave alone. I also have four or five old birds that I can tell will drop off the perch soon. I lost one on the weekend. Nature says the old must pass so the new can come on. People aren’t any different, except the span of years Is greater.
I split a native bee…
Your weeds could be what I need!!
Do you have Oxalis in your garden beds? You should know this weed, it is the one that sends up large clover like leaves and has pretty pink flowers around at this time of the year. It is almost impossible to get rid of, as when you pull it up it has tiny little bits which break off and these start new plants. I am after the purple Oxalis, also known as Purple Shamrock. I have plenty of the Green leafed type. It is edible, and has a spicy…
Have you all seen this! hahaha!
Added by Sophie on August 29, 2019 at 17:05 — No Comments
Well busy, busy days. Starting to slowly transition the garden to more summer crops. But when you are harvesting this (200g beans, 200g snow peas, 2kg tomatoes, 1.5 kg broccoli, 200 g strawberries, 250 g Zucchini, handful of baby carrots cause I always over plant, Pak choi, lettuce and silverbeet whenever I want it) it's hard to pull anything else out to make room as everything is still so productive. …Continue
No rain. Brutal drying westerly winds. Warmer days...This time of year is 'Spring' -- sort of-- but without all the elements converging as they should.
A little precipitation would help. Enough to suppress this waiting and dampen the earth.
But as my ma used to say: be careful what you wish for.
Mind you, 'tis pleasant enough except for the gusts.
If you saw…Continue
Apologies for being blog neglient - I have been unusually busy this last while with a couple of additional unexpected projects and work travel. I've found Instagram a much easier way to journal the garden harvests as you only have to post a photo and a very brief comment! You can follow me here: https://www.instagram.com/headgardenertfq/
Hope you are all well :)
Added by Sophie on August 23, 2019 at 15:58 — No Comments
Living on fairly steep block, keeping whatever soil I build up can become somewhat difficult. My chickens and the brush turkeys with their infernal scratching to build their massive compost mound nests mean building up a fertile ecology is often a backwards directional project. Once they've scratched and destroyed any living groundcover, the heavy rains wash all soil away leaving me once again with the sadness of the concrete like shale and clay that is my yard.
Weeds to me are…
It makes me so happy to see our…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on August 15, 2019 at 11:03 — No Comments
Am I an environmental warrior or just a dirty old dumpster diver?
Some folks would probably suggest that I am a tad over obsessed with climate change and living a life aimed at helping save the environment. There's some elements of that lifestyle which I normally don't talk about for fear of being labelled a dirty dumpster diver. But you know me - I'm gunna talk about them tonight!
I reuse and recycle a lot of wood and stuff. Why would I buy new stuff…
Wow, how warm was today? This winter has barely seen me slow down. I hate the cold - coming from subtropical north queensland I would always dream of when the days turned warmer. There was about 2 weeks of "cold" and since then, the weather has mostly been gorgeous. Unfortunately, that means those feral fruit fly haven't stopped in my yard. They are only attacking the trombonccino at the moment so that's ok - I just snap of the bottom and the rest is fine to use.
good morning everyone. I am new to this site and hope to find my way around [with your help], growing flowers and vegetables. growing up in Germany on a small farm, the growing of fruit and veggies was sooooo easy. so I started to [try] to grow them here as well [I am in Australia for 33 years] so, 12 or so years ago I got some vegie beds and filled them with growing soil failed terrible in growing anything. begged my husband all the years for an rainwater tank. got one now but not…Continue
This is another area I'm interested in. I've contributed a few spots on this site https://fallingfruit.org and will track down others that I've…Continue
There is a yearning for warmth by bird and plant alike.
Since it has been cold, it must be the day length that heralds the change.
Forget all this European fascination with Spring.…Continue
Fruit Fly talk by Professor Richard Drew
Fruit flies have spread down to Victoria and now some have been discovered in Auckland.
We used to treat with systemic cover sprays but these are not used very much now and growers now have had to turn to less harmful (to human health) methods. These systemic sprays would be ingested by people eating the sprayed fruit as the insecticide travelled into and through the fruit
Adult Fruit Flies can travel 20 to 90 kilometres to…Continue
I used to do plant-of-the-year lists, but nowadays I seem to have settled in to a routine consumption.
Aside from the key issue of what you can actually grow, what you seek to eat is the true raison d'être of the backyard business.
Of course I have my breakfast, lunch and din din habits -- my domestic menu -- which tends to be a tad eclectic and exotic.
Multicultural 7 nights per week.
I can live without a lot of things, but my…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 — No Comments
When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and…Continue