Well, the garden is on the verge of producing but still not there yet. I was complaining to Sophie that I want to do the big harvests, where it takes me about an hour just to potter around and pick stuff. The drought and then the planting setbacks where things failed means i've been without my fix for far too long.
The first of perennial capsicums are starting to ripen with the long sweet ones not to far behind. …Continue
A bit wet for the children to be gardening at the moment... but the perennials are coming on keenly.
The seats were constructed from timber logged from school trimmings.
We are beginning to drown in passion fruit and the gourds and squashes are seriously away.
Herbs a'plenty. Pumpkins. Dragon fruit....
Waiting on tomatoes.…
Added by Dave Riley on April 24, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
A feature I love about my outback is the system of aerials and ladders that support climbers of any type I plant.
In true polycultural bent I can run a climber UP almost anywhere and mix it with other plants at its base.
When finished with, climber stems and leaves make for good mulch, but always trim them for obedience.…Continue
All natural colouring and very yummy!
The colours were cold pressed from vegetables.…Continue
Hi Lovely People,
I am so loving this cooler weather and holidays have combined with just a wonderful time to be out and about in the garden. I have been working hard in the garden getting many jobs done. The back grass area is currently covered in tree branches. I am in the process of pruning most of my fruit trees to bring them back down to size and reshape. Stupid me though, wasn't looking when I did the custard apple and pruned off 3 out of my 4 fruit that I managed to…Continue
Back to the world of the living!
My summer hibernation is now over, the weather is so much kinder, and I am able to get about outside without frying in the horrible hot sun. The jobs to do outside are many and varied but at least I have some enthusiasm back, which enables me to get stuck in.
My cousin's wife in the UK suffers from SAD, (Seasonal Affective Disorder) - which is caused by a lack of sun in the northern hemisphere. Here we get far too much sun, and while I…Continue
And I've always cooked since I started batching it. With a longstanding preference for Middle Eastern foods, I developed quite a skillset.
Then when I fell ill 33 years ago I combined the two obsessions.
I grew things to eat -- of course…Continue
I have pumpkins coming in now (taking up a lot of room). I've planted spuds out too. Lettuce seeds are growing but I'm not sure how valuable they'll be in winter - pesto sounds good. Silverbeet are also doing well on the north.
There's a fair bit of citrus to harvest but the south side of the yard continues to die back. No sun. I've slowed down feeding the fish. There's very few eggs from the chooks but the quails are still…Continue
With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.
In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned,…Continue
Finally the rain has hit! I am getting rain weekly and the garden is sure enjoying it. I can't wait for school holidays to start so I can get a lot of work done now that the weather is cooling off.
The asparagus certainly perks up with the rain. I harvested 10 spears last week and I've obviously missed quite a few this week.…Continue
As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.
Wee packets of soil they are.
I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…Continue
Well, well, well... !
After being extremely slack for a very long time on this site, I've found myself back due to the quality info on here. I've been researching 'Dyschoriste depressa' for the newsletter I write up regularly, and found that another member (Ann) had posted some pics of this dreaded weed we're currently doing battle with!
Although I've been away from the BLF community for quite some time, thoughts of wonderful members I've…Continue
Is anyone else disappointed that the cyclone is not giving us any rain? I was holding off watering this week cause I was like "Torrential downpour on its way" to no avail ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Not happy!
Well I've had my first (ripe) black sapote. Now I have waited almost a year for this fruit to ripen. It is continually flowering and setting fruit but I've worked out it needs a lot of water to keep them so most drop off. This one has…Continue
I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.
Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.
When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…Continue
The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.
I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking.
Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it…Continue
Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…Continue
I have heard we are going to get rain in February :-) so I decided to throw in a few bean seeds I saved from the last crop in the garden.
I can't find the discussion I was in when I mentioned I had a broccoli plant I had seeded from a previous crop and it was ready to be collected again ...it has an appearance in the clip.
I have over the past couple of years been saving…Continue
Added by Russell James on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 — No Comments