With the persistence of the dry weather I thought I'd share with you the latest version of my clay pot irrigation system. I've been experimenting with the setup for a few years and this rig works to my satisfaction and prevails against, weather, pet dogs,bush turkeys, cane toads and crows.
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
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…
I was outback and the garden was looking so good I thought I'd capture the moment.
As you can see, I'm growing sticks too -- cuts from mulberry bushes. I use the sticks to mark where I plant seedlings and to later deploy them to raise up climbers or ramblers.'Tis an African habit.The red berets are the latest…Continue
An interesting report in the Brisbane Times raises the conundrum of garden size vs water use as a primary cost factor.
It draws on research by James Ward and John Symons , published as Optimising…Continue
After a rough Summer, a recent bout of ill health kept me from my garden tasks for weeks. All I could manage was to fill up the terracotta pots I have located in the centre of my mounds with water.
Nowadays the 'mounds' aren't self evident as over time I have been mulching in between them -- but the…Continue
'Tis the best time of the gardening year. This time. The March/April convergence.
Whan that Aprill, with his shoures sooteContinue
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
No surprise that I also had a rough Summer.
Ran out of mulch. The plants crisped up.Weeds took over. Too hot to toil...
Best consequence was that my clay pots kept the strong rooted mature annual plants alive. Seedlings, on the other hand,died.
Maybe I did get the shade I yearned for but losing my mulch supply line was a tragic disaster.
I have planted many frangipanis among the beds.The mower folk are back dropping off the lawn…
Who woulda thought?
I am learning to love my pots.
I have three models: one for the collection of slops and 'teas' ; the others to irrigate my garden.
The slops and washes protocol is really kicking in (see diagram at right).
I collect the waste…Continue
I began with 3 Vetiver slips. I grew them up to 1.5-1.7metres tall and started harvested root cuttings -- two to three months ago. I now have just under 100 plants in the soil with another 30 coming on in my nursery.
That may seem a lot of stock for any one plant but to bio-design with Vetiver you need to…Continue
But, you know, if you don't potter about the garden -- grabbing any excuse --you may as well be dead...
As well as making over the front yard with copious plantings of creepers, aloes, kangaroo paw, vetiver, flowering bulbs,grevilleas…Continue
It may be a tad dry but it photosynthesizes. Always full of surprises. A garden of dirty delights.
Main events: the frangipanis…Continue
I think I lost it.
A few weeks of influenza of whatever branding and the garden got away from me.
Went feral with my frequent absence from the garden.
Led by a carpet of chickweed my investment in ground covers took off and I had nasturtiums up to pussie's bow.
But I learnt that patience is its own reward and all annuals subside, even weeds.
The rampaging nasturtiums drowned so much in their path that I couldn't find the comestibles…Continue
Since I haven't explained this DIY before, this is the rig I use to ferment vegetables. Now on display for the very first time.
The only garbage that leaves our kitchen via the front door are those items that can't be eaten by either chooks, worms or their friendlies.
Any big item with a dead animal background -- if not fed to the dogs (or the chooks sometimes) -- is buried outback.
The scrap bin that accepts all the…Continue
We're away on another branch of the garden adventure.
You'll note the 'ground covers'-gone wild. I hack a space in that…Continue
My 'thingness' came upon me and I had a flash of transcendence.
"What, if," thought I, "I used shade cloth instead of plates atop my irrigating clay pots?"
I got myself home.…Continue