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February Garden Visit

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February Garden Visit

Time: February 27, 2010 from 9am to 11am
Location: Parkinson
Event Type: garden, visit, seed, savers, meeting
Organized By: Florence
Latest Activity: Feb 28, 2010

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The February Garden Visit is at my place in Parkinson, I will send my address and link to google map closer to the date to those who RSVP ~

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Comment by Donna on February 28, 2010 at 6:09
That's kind of what I figured, mind you there is a bit of sense in the non freestyle thing... you should see me trying to walk around my freestyle garden when something like watermelon is going off!

Albert if you get the recipe for Vanessa's cake uploaded, you need to reciprocate with the dim sim recipe! I bought some of those paper things (the ones you can wet and roll at the table?) but have no idea what to put in them!
Betty Cosgrove Comment by Betty Cosgrove on February 28, 2010 at 5:23
Thanks Florence and Albert for sharing your garden with us and for the wonderful hospitality. Bob and I enjoyed visiting your garden - very impressive. Your garden is a great example of how productive a backyard can be. Morning tea was to die for (yummm) and the company was great, we had a fabulous time.Thanks again.
Comment by Florence on February 27, 2010 at 22:56
Donna, I didn't get to do the whole garden tour today. Basically the whole non-bed around the property perimeter against the fence area is 'freestyle' planting area, as my mum is very much a 'freestyle' person and likes to plant things at random and pull things up and replant like moving interior decorations... I used to have veggies planted along the west fence, but I found the neighboring palms stoled water and nutrients and grew really well (I know because their palms started growing rapidly after I started growing veggies).... so now all areas against the fences are for perennials, volunteers, and any random things mum wants to grow and these areas get less water and attention. I've put the beds in for easier management and water/nutrient retention and of course crop rotation. I've been trying to teach my mum not to plant things at random into the garden beds.. I think she's starting to get the message now ~~~
Albert Wang Comment by Albert Wang on February 27, 2010 at 22:22
Vanessa's cake was so awesome that I was utterly disappointed when you took the last 2 pieces home....hahaha....just kidding....I'd like to get the recipe off you though as I have more than just couple of sweet teeth!!
Comment by Donna on February 27, 2010 at 22:17
Yeah Lotte - you would give baby Brendan back in five minutes, especially a sick one... and if you didn't his big brother David would fight you for him (despite him wanting me to take him back for a baby sister lol!)
Comment by Donna on February 27, 2010 at 22:14
James, Florence now has custody of the water bottle... and I shudder to think her ransom price! lol The dragon fruits were taken by another (yay) but I will be sure to bring you some to the next garden visit :)

This group was started about a year ago as almost beginners (except Scarlett of course) and it is just a matter of time before everyone will be just like me... and James - begging others to take our seeds lol!

In my opinion the whole point is to share seeds *for free* - in my case they cost nothing but time, and the more people that have them the better ... then next year if my crop fails someone else will have some to share.

Florence your gardens and rotation...and calendar are totally awesome! Are you planning on planting in the non bed area? I think we did the whole green chip thing at the same time and my ex grass area is very fertile with heaps of worms. I have started (okay continued... not very patient) to plant in this area and currently have longer term plants like sweet potato and yakon in there along with the existing fruit trees.

There is a fair bit of space there that could be utililised for food producing plants if you don't mind a bit of untidiness.
Comment by Florence on February 27, 2010 at 21:49
Oh crap, accidentally press 'enter' before I finish...
I mean work in progress not work and progress ... and love to get some feedback and constructive criticism from all those who were here today either on message on my page or PM ~ Cheers
Comment by Florence on February 27, 2010 at 21:45
Thanks for all the kind comments ~ It's a work and progress and lots of experimentation. There are many things I wish I have more time for, and things that I would be doing differently if I were to do it again, and I'd love to get some feedback & constructive from all those who were here today.
Comment by Vanessa Collier on February 27, 2010 at 21:42
Thanks Florence and Albert, what a great garden visit today. Great food, great garden, great chooks and great company. I love how organised you are with the rotation system. Thanks also to everyone who I scammed seeds and plants off again. Hope you took some cake and seeds in return!
Comment by Scarlett on February 27, 2010 at 17:04
thanks Florence and Albert and family, had a lovely time, fantastic garden :)

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