January 2018 Harvest:
3kg sweet potato
2 Cherry tomatoes
1 red bell chilli
2 small cabbages
OMG the garden is suffering. Infested with fruit fly and crickets! Given up planting anything new for the moment - the zukes and toms went in too late and shouldn't have bothered.
Went back to sprouts instead :)
Paul the Possum continued to raid the passionfruit vine. We tried putting mothballs to deter (read online) but still no luck...
So I've had some upsetting garden-related news. Got results back from Vegesafe and there is too much lead in my soil! I need to stop tubers and greens but fruits should be ok
As – arsenic; Cd – cadmium; Cr – chromium; Cu – copper; Mn – manganese; Pb – lead; Ni – nickel; Zn - zinc
Sample ID Soil Location As (mg/kg) Cd (mg/kg) Cr (mg/kg) Cu (mg/kg) Mn (mg/kg) Pb (mg/kg) Ni (mg/kg) Zn (mg/kg) A Front road west 0 0 21 14 165 919 13 206 B SP Patch near slab 12 0 39 47 159 222 0 461 C Garden bed north 0 0 49 116 435 882 0 1058 D Front TRN north 0 0 24 24 165 507 0 437 E Drip line PM east 0 0 26 18 121 222 11 298
A reminder for urban farmers to be careful! We live in an area close to train tracks and commercial zone so can be years of pollutants, lead paint from old houses, old lead petrol cars parked on the lawn etc. Good things I tested first before getting chooks. They wont be able to free roam everywhere but on clean safe areas...
In response, lost my gardening mojo a bit for food, focused on planting more natives for now. Will restart in beds when cooler
Been trying to clean up the yard and annexe more areas for garden beds rather than lawn (hate mowing!!!)
Weeping lillypillies looking happy in their new home. Coffee (out of frame to the left) exponentially happier than in pot!
Pigeon pea looking strong
Choko refuses to go UP ABOVE the shed as I intend but rather prefers to go far and wide. Pawpaw looking fruitful
Another new bed - lemon trees, mulberry and salvia :)
Original bed looking ok - Peach, lime berry, tahitian limes, yam, roses, rosemary, salvia, basil, bits and pieces
Have also put bananas and sunchokes infront of house for privacy :)
New rosemary hedge to be :)
In the January bakehouse:
Sourdough pain au lait
Walnut spelt sourdough
Galette des Rois to celebrate Epiphany :)
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