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Hi everyone.  This post is going to be added to as I go as I don't have many photo's yet as it's all "to do".  I am finally on holidays for the next two weeks and have been champing at the bit to get some projects underway in the garden.

Job 1: Finish the new curved garden bed and plant Souey Tung lychee, blueberries and chilean guava's. 

So far - this is what I've got:I started this 3 weeks ago mind you and this is as far as I've progressed.  More cardboard was needed to smother weeds and I need to get fencing up to keep the chooks out.  Then it will be covered with coconut mulch (I am now in love with that stuff) and holes will be dug for my fruit trees that need to go in.

Job 2:  Build a garden room - inspired by Dianne Caswell.

See, I had run into a very severe problem.  I had run out of room for more fruit trees.  That's it, I'd reached my limit of what I could have.  But THEN... I saw what Dianne had done with her yard and while it won't be a proper room, I figured I could have a line of fruit trees in front of the vegie patch which has a nice little archway and some pavers separating it from the existing rose garden (underneath the pumpkin jungle you spy.) and Badda Bing, Badda Boom, I can get at LEAST 4 more trees in there. (All Dwarf - I'm not a complete idiot)  So between my Daley's order and trips to bunnings, I have $150 worth of new fruit trees and a plan to get them in the ground.  ( Satsuma mandarin, Afourer Mandarin, Rio Red Grapefruit, Grape - Adonis, China pear guava and Shoshanii pecan - this one not going in yard (as it's not dwarf) but out behind my fence.)

Job 3: Empty sweet potato wicking barrel and start new one.

I am very hopeful at the harvest from this.  I've seen many a sweet potato jutting up from the mulch as it's composted down.  The truth will be, as they say, "in the pudding".  Was going to harvest it today but the rain is keeping me indoors.  I had originally planned to have a succession of these barrels planted but time got away from me. 

Job 4:  Make plant labels -> again, inspired by Dianne.

I had an absolute fantastic time wandering around Dianne's garden, reading all her beautiful signs that I just had to try some myself.  So I have purchased black spray paint, hardwood dressed pine, grout pen and wire so that I can attempt to make some.  Will show you the finished products.

Well, I think that will keep me busy enough over the next two weeks - updates will follow on progress (or lack thereof)

So, day 1 into the holidays and I've managed to knock a few things off the list.  Here are the labels.  I've made 12 so far but they didn't take that long.  I would recommend to get the thicker wire though.  Probably the one Dianne uses - This is 2mm and I think it's a bit flimsy.

The sweet potato barrel has been emptied but not refilled.  Not as good as I hoped but still pretty alright.  There's a massive one in there.

Jaboticaba that I bought at the ipswich plant expo is now in the ground and that hideous (sorry Lissa, but I find it awful) brazillian cherry is gone.So far - a decent start towards completing holiday tasks :)

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 8, 2015 at 20:52

Dong well Susan!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 8, 2015 at 18:44

Fabulous Susan, I am so, so pleased I inspired you. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Can't wait to see it all planted out.

Comment by Susan on April 8, 2015 at 18:36

I had to go out and buy a different wire as the 2 mm was too bendy in my garden with dogs, cats and chickens scratching around.  My garden room is well on the way Dianne & Jan, will be posting soon. :)  Would love to see your labels Andrew.  I'm pretty chuffed with mine :)  Rob - was glad the rain finally finished but to be honest, I really needed it.  My ground is clay soil and with all the holes I've had to dig for the new fruit trees over the past couple of days ( 13 in total) it would have been impossible!! Lissa, I think, just maybe, I have well and truly reached my limit :)  Over 40 varieties of fruit trees now and only 600 square meters.!!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 3, 2015 at 16:59

I bought the wire from Bunnings, it comes in a big roll (the heaviest one they have in a roll), it used to be in the Garden Shop outside but they are always moving things around. Have a great Long Week End, especially all you workers who need some wind down time and the garden is certainly the right place to do it.

Comment by Lissa on April 3, 2015 at 16:48

lol love your logic to not only fit in MORE fruit trees but turn it into a garden room! So much to learn from others gardens ;) so good to visit.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 3, 2015 at 12:21

Well my Veggi Garden would not have inspired much yet but I am so pleased to see you had fun wandering around and have taken some ideas home with you. I was worried about the sign thing, thinking you may all think me a little crazy but it is a throw back from my nursery days I think, but I do hate the big yellow nursery ones. Mine are actually a French idea. So you can say you all have a little bit of France in your gardens. Don't forget to put a seat in your rooms if you have space.

Comment by Rob Collings on April 2, 2015 at 20:48

Looks like old traditional Brisbane Easter weather ... Rain, hail or shine Susan? (you can skip committing to the hail bit). .... I've got a lot of weeding to get done.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 2, 2015 at 20:35

LOL. I too got the Dianne bug with labels and garden rooms. 


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