I am a keen but amateur gardener living in south Brisbane. I was looking for some gardening blogs from people in Brisbane to keep me motivated and came across this site. I think its wonderful and will have some photo's of my latest project coming soon but basically I am trying to put in some garden edges to my vege patch as I am sick of my 9, 7 and 2 year old going into mummy's garden to chase bugs but never staying on the paths and crushing all my poor little seedlings before they have a chance.
Problem with this is that some of my beds are still productive so I'm trying to install the edgings while not disturbing the broccoli, eggplants, tomato's and coriander that I currently have growing as well as dealing with my 2yr old "helping" mummy.
I've just planted some more broccoli and have kent pumpkins growing that I desparately need to cut back as I they have taken over a lot of the garden at the moment. I also have my first attempt at sweet potato growing but have no idea of when I'm supposed to dig them up. They have been in the ground since march and still look quite vigorous (between them and the pumpkins, I can't access the whole right side of my vege patch.)
My goal is to mostly become self-sufficent. The first year I planted my garden (just before my youngest was born) I had pumpkins, lettuces, spinach, tomatos, silverbeet, coriander, zucchini's, cucumbers, broccoli, peas, beans and eggplants. The only thing I was buying from the shops were potato's and carrots (because no matter how much I try, growing carrots is a waste of time for me!!) But that was when I had a lot of time and energy. A young child, studying again and working has all taken its toll and I consider myself lucky if I can get anything to grow.
My last attempt at zucchini's, the bush was beautiful and healthy but all the zuccini's rotted off. I just found out that it could be due to calcium deficiency so I bought some dolomite lime and have started again!! I'm hoping that the problem is now solved and will know for sure in a couple of weeks. Also, does anyone know why beans will suddenly die off. They get to about a 4/5 leaf stage and look quite healthy and then all of a sudden die on me. VERY frustrating and was another reason I needed to do the garden edging, I figure if I have some sort of disease in the soil, its harder to spread if I have defined, separated beds.
I'd just like to thank you for your warm welcome and hopefully I can be a regular contributor to the site
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