Looking about, I'm soon set to drown in tomatoes which have occupied my patch like weeds.
The greens survive the heat and lack of moisture while the spuds begin to flag their readiness by consecutively dying back above ground.Beans and peas are a waste of energy but the squashes have…Continue
On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock.
These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. …Continue
Well my little garden is doing alright. I've been taking extra stuff into work quite regularly at the moment, eggs, passionfruit (boy are we sick of those), paw paws and Lemons and one of my workmates, in all seriousness, asked if I lived on a farm. She was quite amazed when she found out that my block of land is only 580 square meters. I guess, if you had of told me what I could produce, 10 years ago when I started slowly getting into gardening, and how much my garden…Continue
I found A Fajita kit in the back of the pantry today around 3 pm when I was seriously lacking inspiration for tonight's dinner. Well, that's an easy answer. I have some chicken breast in the freezer. I know! I'll duck out and get some greens from the garden .... and that was how the fritzing started!
Thinking about it, I also had some spinach wraps I wanted to use. I'll just replace the burrito wraps from the kit with them. Oh, damn. My Saudi students cooked last night.…Continue
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I would really like a banana
I would like to know more concerning this great idea. I 2 bath tubs and am keen to learn more about how what is needed to make such a garden. Irrigation, soils etc.
No matter what I do I cannot play rain god and the soil --such as it is -- dries the more.
The comestibles live -- indeed in demographic abundance -- but they do not live well as the wee things suffer from the absence of precipitation. Even the dew has got surly and comes in each morning parched.
But such weather as this seems to suit the squash family. Less mould. Not damp. Just right to throw out the buds and shoot out a succulent stem or ball.
After years been held hostage…
Tasted my latest experiment today- Pickled Nasturtium buds. I was sold on the idea that they would taste somewhat like capers...and they did. Nice and peppery but with a good crunch.
Well, I'm calling it anyway as the garden seems to think it's done and it's warm enough. All my pretties have come out!
And here is the bouquet I picked today. Poppies, lavenders, sweet peas and crysanthemums.…Continue
How are things at your place right now in the garden? I have noticed the garden changing - drying out for a while now with no rain to help. The difference between raised beds which are in full contact with the ground and my containers which are either set up as a wicking bed or simply separated from the ground e.g. sacks, baths, laundry tubs, etc. is most marked. A few weeks ago everything was flourishing, there was moisture in the ground and watering needed to be minimal.…Continue
I was doing so well! I had committed to doing one per fortnight and I think I managed that for about a year. Now, slowly but surely, life is creeping in the way and I'm not getting much in the way of blogging done. I feel like I'm not doing much in the way of gardening either, but that's not completely true. As usual, I've got another "project" or two underway so my vegie patch is getting ignored cause there is only so many hours available on the weekend and when your morning is taken…Continue
During my week long stay in Alice Springs I have gone from sceptic to admirer of this area. The town is friendly, artistic and vibrant with a real community feel and all the amenities you could want.
Population in 2017 approximately 29,000 (Bureau of Statistics).
In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C and can soar to around 40°C. January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and…Continue
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This is the most incredible park - like a combination of Australia Zoo and the best native botanic garden rolled into one. We stopped and chatted with one of the horticulturalists doing some new planting and it was mind boggling the amount of planning that…Continue
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You can't visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn't find anything and asking at the…Continue
I have to pinch myself. I'm here in the dead centre of Australia (visiting my daughter, who works and lives here) and it turns out it's not so dead. In fact Alice Springs boasts the most productive and attractive community garden I personally have seen. Semi-retired dentist Bruce is a keen volunteer and agreed to meet me at the gardens for a tour.
Bruce tells me his own garden at home is also lush and thriving (I have an invitation to come visit and I hope I can fit…Continue
My Palagonite experiment
You may remember that I planted out two identical "Rouge De Marmande" seedlings, each in a wheelie bin with identical growing mixes, except that in 1of the bins I mixed in an amount of Palagonite mineral powder as well.
One of the kids across the road, young Andrew aged about 9, watched me put the vege patch on the footpath. He advised me that people would steal the veges. He was very happy when I told him that I wanted them to take them. "You can't steal it, if I've already given it to you."
I've been trying to space my planting out there so that there won't be sudden feast followed by months of famine (inspired by a recent tomato debacle in my yard). Young Andrew decided that I wasn't…Continue