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Hi everyone, I have been ramping everything up in the garden trying to get some early harvests.  I just planted more tomatoes (digger salad tomato mix) and have started seeds for my Roma’s and black cherry’s which I love to grow in winter.  I also have eggplants (again a diggers mix) and I have 6 plants - 2 in a wicking bed, and 4 scattered around in ground garden beds to see which fairs best. 

I have planted out some peas.  Here’s hoping it’s not too early

I also prepared the perennial leek bed with some manure and spread the little clumps that didn’t completely die down in summer out so they have space to grow.  

I don’t know if you can see in the above photo but I’m giving string another go.  Most of my plants are going vertical this year.  My trombonccino is doing great but has spread from one trellis to the next. 

I also have some cabbages, Pak choi, silverbeet and broccoli home grown seedlings in a bed.  I put collars round them so hopefully don’t loose them like I did last year to the cockaroach like things in my garden beds (forgot to take a photo).  I have a whole bunch of new seeds started.  I went to the Mt Coot-Tha botanic garden veggie talk today and the people giving the talk used to be in the seedling business and they basically said “no point” to buying your seedlings as nurseries over seed and you end up with really weak plants. I occasionally buy a herb or flowers but now do all my own and try to resist impulse buys.  I’ve had that philosophy for a couple of years because I noticed I would import  problems into the garden with the seedlings (eg nematodes and thrip) but the last year or so, I’ve really stuck to my guns. I actually only bought one set of veggie seedlings last year - it was zucchini and guess what - zucchini mosaic virus went through all my squash. I have tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, pack choi, lettuce, capsicum, spring onion, celery, nasturtiums, Zinnias,beans, beetroot, silverbeet, cucumber and pumpkin in these trays.  (There is another tray made up not in the photo) 

my little balls of fluff are not so little anymore.  Can you believe I still have all 7??? The little escape artists could get out, in my yard where a very excitable dog and bird killing cat live and out the front yard where any passer by could have grabbed them up.  There are at least 2 boys (going to be chicken dinners) and 2 girls but the other 3 I couldn’t wing sex.  I’ll only be able to keep 2 hens so if anyone would be interested and if more are hens, I’ll give them away.  Their dad was a Sussex, and there were a mix of Sussex, australorps and commercial layers as their mommas. 

Lastly... I have bees again!!!! Paul from topbar hives finally had an opening and my hive now has a fully functioning hive again.  I placed the hive in the chicken coop this time as a) only reall space left, and b) hopefully chooks will take care of any small hive beetle problems so I don’t lose the hive again. 

Well that’s it from me folks.  Happy gardening. 

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Comment by Christa on March 17, 2020 at 16:13

Beautiful Birds and Bees, that's what it's all about. So am I right in thinking that most of your plantings are from your kept seeds from the previous season?  Or do you also buy Diggers every now and again.  I have seen your seed tin and I think that is the way to go in gardening.  When I buy something from Bunnies it nearly always suffers from rust or some disease before it can even set seed. 

I wish my other half would let me have just 2 chooks, but alas I don't think my dogs would approve as well.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 12, 2020 at 21:59

Your yard is looking good Susan.  OMG - the chicks are cute.  

Comment by Sophie on March 10, 2020 at 10:10


Comment by Susan on March 9, 2020 at 17:38
Aww, thanks Dianne. Your garden has always inspired me interns of its beauty! I’m glad to hear that you will be able to get out there amongst it all this year. It’s so rewarding getting out into the garden.
Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 9, 2020 at 6:22

Susan you are an inspiration, your family are very lucky to have this Country/City Girl as mum & wife. Your farm upbringing a wonderful introduction to your venturing into family life. I see how Farm Life has really made a hugh impact into both yours and Doug's way of living, you are both so very lucky. 

Your garden is looking ready for a good Autumn Harvest. I only wish I was so well prepared but I pat myself on the back for getting back out there after 2 years of imposed exile. Made it my New Years Resolution to just get out there and do something. If it weren't for BLF and the Friends I have made to spur me on I might be still sitting in front of the computer all day playing silly games. 

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