Well work has gotten the better of me again and while my garden is productive at the moment, I'm going to run into a problem soon as I haven't had time to plant any seeds and keep my rotation going - about all I've managed to do is keep up with watering. Case in point are the carrots. They are now ready to pull out but my last self seed failed to germinate and I got slack and haven't done another so it will be months before my next lot of carrots. Beans and zucchini's…Continue
I am a member of the Diggers Club. Now I know that some BLF members have said that this is a very expensive organisation, and I agree with that sentiment. I belong for a couple of reasons. The first being that I really believe that what they stand for is spot on.…Continue
I have a good bunch developing on my dwarf ducasse banana, finally after 2 years of just looking pretty. I am wondering if I should bag it and at what point and with what exactly? At the moment the bell has released about 6 hands but they are still very small. Also - where can I get banana bags from - could I recycle something? Any advice very welcome - this is my first crop ever and a bit protective of it!
I love the time of the year when our subtropical climate makes plant growth go to levels not ever experienced in temperate climates. It can be now, mid or late summer when the temperatures are warm and the rain regular. Now is such a time. Here a few photos in my garden where I'm seeing this. I'm sure everybody is experiencing something similar with subtropical plants such as choko, squash, etc.…Continue
The recent wonderful rain that has turned my place from a desert like area with brown crunchy grass and struggling fruit trees into something that is now flourishing is not only great for the spirits but also possibly a provider of lessons.
For example, my hedge of Pomegranates has not been a provider of much fruit, and while the bushes are still relatively young, they have often produced flushes of flowers, but very little has come to maturity. My thinking was that as these are best…Continue
Would anyone be able to supply me with a couple of topbar brood frames? Alternatively I can cutout a langstroth frame to fit.
My colony is not doing well with the current queen not laying any eggs for months. I am hoping to get a couple of brood frames hopefully with larvae to kickstart the colony.
Well it's the beginning of November and thank God for the storms - the rain has been very welcome and has 1/2 filled my tank so I'm switching the hoses back to tank water. I was looking at Barbara's blog the other day and she was showing her tiny pomegranite with flowers on it so I thought I would show mine in comparison.Continue
We're in the process of putting the garden 'to sleep' for the Summer Hols.
We are manuring the small beds and those we don't cover with weed mat, we'll plant out with a cover crop.
Hopefully we'll move salad production next term into the shade tunnel and more keenly grow our own seedlings and develop the recycling program through our high school Ag…Continue
It's been about 14 months since my last report on my visit to Epicurious. My husband had a work event over the weekend near South Bank, so I've asked him to drop us off there.
I've lost my camera, and it's not easy taking photos with a tablet and trying to keep an almost 3 year old within arm's length, so please excuse the lack of focus of the photos. Also no optical…Continue
I thought it would be good, after the info on pesticides, to see natural pest control in action: ladybirds breeding up on aphid-infested gone-to seed dill. The whole plant is covered in ladybirds and their larvae, and it seems to have happened in less than a…Continue