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Well the last few months have been somewhat challenging in my personal life with an emergency trip back home and coming back to a rather sad garden or rather what was left of it. The seedling I had planted before I left did not make it through the mini drought and cold snap and the chooks got the best of what was growing. 

I was just about to give up when my husband gave me a nudge. That and a garden visit is all I needed really. Just as well it is spring. Time the clear the beds and turn a new leaf!

The challenge: I am not going to spend a penny more on gardening. Really I can afford to say that because I have been accumulating a nice collection of seeds and prepared some compost. I also have the worm farm. So it should not be that hard really.

First to go was the sweet potato patch. 

Out came a rather decent amount of sweet potatoes.

In came a mix of beautiful compost mixed with rather generous handfuls of vermicast. I guess it is not all bad really. Ah some fresh space to plant something new. It's all coming back to me now. The sweet smell of compost, the pleasure in double, triple digging a rich soil full of beautiful fat worms. Just to add a bit of a splurge the bed was rewarded with a shower of diluted chook manure tea I forgot I had brewing in a bucket. 

Next came the madagascar bean bed. It had to go. As much as it was cropping fantastically, it was taking over and the sad reality is the beans are just going to sit in the cupboard. Oh I have started another one along the fence anyway.

Hang on. I did plant some sweet potatoes in it too. Well eheh! guess what?

Sweet potatoes fest tonight.

Some seeds in preparation

 

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Comment by Valerie on September 18, 2014 at 11:49

Tabula rasa means clean slate. Time to clear the beds and start afresh :-)

Comment by Lissa on September 18, 2014 at 5:17

Glad to hear you are all back safely :)

If I had more time I would search Tabula Rasa, but instead I will ask you! What the heck does it mean?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 14, 2014 at 20:55

The Sweet Potatoes seem to be more fecund in a pot with a trellis - or so it seems so far. They don't take up as much space and never need trimming.

Comment by Valerie on September 14, 2014 at 16:56

Seedling are doing well

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