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I'm certainly loving all this rain! I haven't had to water my garden in over a week and the raintank has remained full. Just when I was thinking this morning that I should water my garden along comes another shower. I've just started a week of holidays from uni so I'm definitely looking forward to getting into the garden. Today I did a bit of weeding before the rain came. That horrible grass just loves to populate my vegie patch. It was good to see some decent fat and juicy sized worms in the soil. I hope that's a good indicator of improving soil quality as there certainly weren't worms when we moved in. Not to mention that the worms themselves will be helping the soil. The grasshopper plague seems to be subsiding with a few adult ones still around to produce next years plague no doubt. I'm just hoping the birds wil do their work. They don't seem to be eating too many of my vegies so I'm happy to let a few stay. A lot of the seeds I planted before the garden visit still haven't come up so I think I will need to do a replant this week. It's always ironic - you plant specific things and up comes something you didn't plant. For me it was a cucumber plant, which I'm quite happy about because it produced a fairly good crop last time and I'm a big fan of cucumber.

I was quite proud to have 3 ingredients for our stir fry last night from the garden. We had beans, pak choi and sweet potato leaves. It was very yummy. Earlier this week we were having pumpkin soup for dinner too - also from the garden. I also boiled up the collection of cherry tomatoes so we now have a new frozen supply of tomato puree. There's nothing more satisfying than finally getting something from all the work you've put in.

I've finally uploaded the one photo we managed to get of the garden visit before the camera died so check it out when you have a chance.

That's all from me for now. Hopefully I will soon have some success stories from the next planting.

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Comment by Florence on April 16, 2009 at 14:43
Oh, the group photos ~ I believe Albert took some on his phone, forgot to ask him for them ^^
We have a lot of grasshoppers around too, my chooks loves to eat them, but are not good at catching them ... they are very good with catching worms though... also loves to eat them... I told them to go for the grasshoppers, not the worms... but they don't seem to understand...^^

Hope you will get even more meals with your next planting~ btw, it's a good day to plant root crops according to the moon planting calendar ~
Comment by Donna on April 15, 2009 at 13:02
Sounds great, I am still waiting to rip up the pumpkin vines that took over nearly all my beds - not sure when they will be ripe though it is hopefully soon!
Comment by Vanessa Collier on April 12, 2009 at 13:28
The beans I have are just plain old climbing beans (stringless blue lake). I've never grown beans before but my crop of peas did well last winter so I thought I'd give them a go. I don't really have a secret. I have clay soil which might help and I added compost from the neighbours just before planting. This last few weeks of rain has probably helped too. Good luck with all your autumn crops!
Comment by Addy on April 11, 2009 at 22:54
Your beans look lovely! the only types I've had success with are snake beans and purple kings. What's your secret? I totally agree with you about the satisfaction of seeing things grow and then putting it on the table, just bursting with natural goodness! Looking forward to hearing more success stories....

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