OK, big news here. I am no longer going to be a Brisbane local!
My family and I are moving to country Victoria - doing the big sea/tree change thing. We are both from Melbourne originally and our parents are getting older etc, so we figured we better do it. We'll be gone by the end of the year I think. We're selling our house, should put it on the market in the next week or so I hope.
So we've had to make it more normal friendly! Isn't that terrible? So now it has grass, and it looks like this:
Look at the fire pit bump in front of the garden bed at the back (just under and to right of the guava in the foreground)! Next to the terracotta tiles is an enriched garden bed area - heaps of compost and fertiliser - and the grass is heaps happier on the old fire pit!
We even grassed the sweet potato driveway :( The trampoline is on the yacon/ jerusalem artichoke/ bed :( It's all very SAD!!
We've still got the vegie garden in and it's coming along, but this may explain to you why I haven't been so busy on the vegie gardening front - we've been painting the house, putting on a new roof, planting grass, scrubbing walls, etc!!
Look how big the lemongrass sets grew!? They're a great grass barrier too (at least so far - but I have high hopes).
My pigeon pea died - got some sort of stem canker. Used to be where the pots are. Still got lots of little seedling ones to replace it though.
The chickens are driving me crazy in the garden - they are lettuce kryptonite, but I don't have the heart to keep them in their pen and there's no point building a fence. So we're only managing to harvest rocket, choy sum, spring onions, beans, dill, parsely and coriander at the moment. Remember I had a completely fallow garden for a while (under nematode treatment) and then I didn't plant it out until after the mid winter solstice!! At the moment I have carrot, beetroot and bok choy seedlings everywhere and have planted some zucchinis and tomatoes, although they will be for the next residents!
We've had a big bunch of lady finger bananas recently which was nice, and we're not keeping up with the pawpaws - the chooks end up eating them! Even though I do like pawpaw for breakfast...
We're really going to miss this garden. The avocado looks like it's about to flower for the first time, the lychees are flowering again (but we won't eat them!), the pecan hasn't flowered yet! We've been eating lemons and limes (the lime seems finally to be recovering from being so pot bound - the root pruning seems to have worked).
Down the side is still funky and the coffee beans are ripe - but I won't have time to process them! We cut back a bit of the macadamia and so there is a bit more light - should improve the turmeric etc..
My daughter found a crazy new bug and studied it for her science project (I think it's a mealy bug - but I'm not sure!). She won a prize in the science fair, she was so proud.
Now that spring has sprung all the butterflies are back in the yard - they really do come when you plant things they like. We've been eating the native raspberries from the front yard and the bush is spreading well, sending up lots of shoots.
I'm even going to have to leave my pot of aloe vera behind!
So, what does this mean for Brisbane Local Food? I don't know. I'm not going to shut the site down, but I guess I will become less and less relevant :(
I'll keep it going though. Seems like a good thing to do. Maybe I can start something like this up down south once we get settled.
I'll post you photos of my happy southern vegies! And you can make me green with envy with your soursops and lychees and pecans :)
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