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Well, it's been an amazing weekend in the garden. Sorry I didn't make it to your visit Amanda - we ended up so busy in our garden and I had to make the most of my fiance's weekend off for the heavy labour part (he only get 1 in 3). Earlier in the week he borrowed the neighbour's rotary hoe and extended out the patch down the side of the house and dug me a whole new patch at the back of the house. We spent yesterday replanting some of our hedge and swapping some plants with bigger ones donated by my mother-in-law. We also finished off the new patch behind the house with edging and mulch.

Today was more work on the hedge. The plants swapped out on Saturday found new homes extending the hedge up the driveway. They have all now had the grass removed from their bases and mulch put down to keep the moisture in.

The new patch has been finished off with a little cow manure in rows and seeds - cabbage, celery, cauliflower and the last of the seed potatoes. I'm trying so companion plant everything so will see how things go.

The patch at the back of the block was mostly finished today too with corn, cucumber, carrots, sunflowers and radishes. Still got capsicum, basil and petunias to go in next to the tomatoes.

Great news today too - my first water chestnut is poking its shoots above soil level!! Still haven't planted the rest, but it's good to know that I haven't done anything wrong so far.

The potatoes planted a few weeks ago have started to come along - I found the first shoot above ground just starting to open out today. I'm afraid I got a little impatient the other day and tried to dig down to see if one had sprouted, but managed to snap off the growing shoot in the process. Serves me right for not waiting. Hopefully that one will have other shoots or grow back.

My old faithful pumpkin vine is still producing (and starting up again!). Some of the pumpkins are splitting and rotting before I find them, but seem to be sterile. Either too dry (I don't water it), not pollinated (but we have sooo many bees), or the vine is too old. Might be time for a trim with the mower.

I think that's about all that's happening at the moment. I'm loving the excitement of spring and all the new growth and life it brings.

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Comment by Florence on August 24, 2009 at 12:22
A productive weekend indeed!

I saw one shoot out of my four water chestnuts too, took 10 days to see the first shoot! Which is not too bad compare to the potatoes ^^”
Comment by Donna on August 24, 2009 at 11:45
Sounds like you have been really busy, great that you could borrow a rotary hoe - wish we had a neighbour like yours!

Companion and moon planting are just too organised for me, interested to hear how you go.

Glad I'm not the only 'impatient' gardener, recently thought I would pull up some garlic but it was just like a garlic leek - no bulbs yet, although it still tasted fine in the recipe...

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