Was doing the report for Sophie's garden visit and got the urge to blog myself. What was I gonna do anyway - too wet to garden :)
Lots a beans at my place at the moment. I picked this many yesterday and was only going to go out and take photo's today but these were all on the vine so HAD to pick them too. I can't let them get out of hand as what usually happens is I get sick of picking them and then they go to seed and stop producing. My plan is to take the excess…Continue
Continuing on my citrus harvest, the Emperor mandarins on my little dwarf tree are starting to ripen. It was planted late in 2014 and I have about 20 mandarins on it this year. The branches are so laden with mandarins, they are drooping down. I will eat them even at this colour stage and they are super sweet. They do have seeds but oh well. Can't…Continue
I walked up to Jerry's place this morning to check out his garden. I arrived, unfortunately, just as a bus load of people turned up so it was extremely crowded. I didn't get as many photo's as I would have liked but here they are.
He is growing corn at the moment and it looks amazingly healthy. I found out that it was popcorn so I don't know if that made a difference. I think those a broad beans in the front but as I've never grown them, I couldn't say for sure.…Continue
I am giving rhubarb another go in my garden. I know, I know. I swore I wouldn't buy plants again from diggers but they had ruby red and mt tamborine varieties that I wanted to give a go so I steeled myself and placed my order. Box arrived on Tuesday, I opened it to find that the planting tubes were loose in the box and had moved around during shipping so the shoots (which looked very weak anyway) had broken off. I have had enough so here is my very terse email to them about their…Continue
I have been super busy in the garden, preparing everything for winter crops but it is that time when I feel not much is happening despite how much work I'm doing. Don't get me wrong, I'm still harvesting lettuce, spring onions, capsicums, cucumbers, eggplant and now pak choi but nothing NEW is happening! This was due to some pretty early setbacks with things like my peas, beans, carrots and beetroot failing and having to resow. I should be eating peas by now…Continue
Well, like Roger said, it has been far too hot to do anything much in the garden so with the weather finally cooling down some, and me being on holidays, it is now time for some serious jobs to get done.
1. Repotting the strawberry runners. Man, this is one long and tedious job. Left it a little late as not enough air flow in the pots that I was setting runners into and they were suffering from aphids. 13 pots with 2 in each are now back on the fence line. At the…Continue
So all that wild weather last week that everyone copped - we got nothing. Not a single drop. Friday through to today finally broke that. We've had some nice gentle rain that will hopefully make everything take off. I've got a lot of jobs to do though and this rain on the weekend business is not conducive to me getting it done.
I've started to do my annual horse manure on all the beds. My little citrus grove at the back desperately needed some rejuvenation as well as the…Continue
Hi guys, (don't worry, I'll add photo's later. I just got in the mood to blog and didn't plan ahead and it is now dark so can't take the matching photo's)
So, if you've been following my blog posts, you will know what a busy 3 years I've had. I've been gardening at my house for the past 11 years and have been a member of this site since 2010 but it's only been the last few years that I have upped the ante in terms of my garden obsession.
I've gradually turned…Continue
I haven't been around much. Part of that is due to being so busy at work but another big part is that it is just exhausting in the garden at the moment so not really doing anything much. Case in point, I have been meaning to do a honey harvest, chilli jam making and preserving mini capsicums for weeks now. This morning, being a little bit cooler I was so determined to finish something that I got up and did the bees and the chilli jam.
Well the heat is devastating at the moment. It has been sapping me of all energy and I have not been keeping up with the planting so only relying on what is already there. Capsicums, tomatoes, trombonccinos, silverbeet and some corn. Here is the set up for the capsicums - the net allows me to grow perfect fruit that are completely unstung.…Continue
Well it's been a busy couple of weeks and I finally have computer access again so YAY! The storm a couple of weeks ago, blew up our computer and wifi and we have only just got it back. I had a couple of days away as well but the garden did not suffer too badly this time. I made sure everything was well watered and we also got a little helping hand with a storm. However, 5 days away was enough to do this to my trombonccino's.…Continue
I've decided I need a shade tree to go in the backyard. Let's face it - I want some grass, but I also want to be able to sit out in my backyard and enjoy it. Hence a shade tree. It must be deciduous, relatively small, not necessarily productive (if it is - can't have fruit fly prone fruit as I will not be keeping small enough for netting) but beautiful if not. Jacaranda's and Poinsettia's are out -> Jacs are too big and the Poins are too wide. Something about the poinsettia's height…Continue
Well wasn't today just a barrel of fun!! 30 degrees at Wynnum but I went to Roger's garden visit today which is out west a bit and it was 35!!!!! I frantically ran around watering everything this morning before potting up some left over rosella seedlings and a Listada De Gandia eggplant to take.
We have been harvesting nectarines for the past 2 weeks now. Every 2nd or 3rd day I go out and get about 1Kg. It's been great.…Continue
I really enjoyed everyone's company on the weekend at my garden visit and can't wait to go to Roger's. Sophie, just wanted to say your sweet potato was delicious!! Very sappy (stained a bread board) and not pretty (went a sort of dull grayish colour) but was really good and tasty. Smoother than the orange variety. I'm gonna try to grow some from cuttings of the skin but if not, I'd love some leaf cuttings.
Know how I was showing off the black sapote fruit…Continue
Well I've been away from the garden for 2 weeks now. Went to Melbourne for the first week -> froze my butt off in 7 degree weather, came home for less than 12 hrs (ran around the garden and tried to get as much done as I could in the 2 hrs in the morning before I had to leave again) and then was off to Mackay for another week, leaving my garden in the (not so) tender loving care of my husband. If you look back on past blogs, this is a mistake I just keep on…Continue
Procrastination is my friend. I seem to get most productive in the garden at marking time. Suddenly, all of my less favorite things to do in the garden suddenly seem so interesting...
I finally got round to building another "extended" garden bed. Since Valerie posted about BCC now legal to plant footpaths, I am a bit less hesitant. Let's be honest, I wasn't hesitant at all really :) This is down the south side of the house and is fully shaded in winter but will be full sun in…Continue
Spring is just around the corner. My garden is bursting with flowers and I am planting more! If you have roses, make sure you go out there with a strong spray and hit those aphids - I discovered that all my new growth was covered even though, from a distance, it looked exceedingly healthy. I'm trying to let the lady bug population explode in response so am avoiding pest oils etc at this stage. Plus, I just planted sunflower, zinnia, allysium, cosmos and marigold seeds throughout the…Continue
I'm having a day off work today as I have caught that awful cold going around. I was going to catch up on some school work at the same time but am procrastinating at the moment. Did the kid's school drop off and was wandering around my garden with a cup of tea and got inspired to post!
I don't know if you can see much in this photo, but this shot makes me so happy. Everything looks lush and productive. Right at the front, you can see the carrots, beets and…Continue
Imagine my surprise today when I saw (I should say though - that she saw me as I'm hopeless) Sophie and Frank today at Bunnings and had the most lovely chat there and then they came back to my place and I had an impromptu garden visit where I showed off a little bit :) You should see the yard now though Sophie, my husband mowed it and I cleaned out the front wicking beds and replanted with flowers -> Looks heaps fresher :)
So my trip to bunnings yielded an…Continue