After plugging the drainage holes in another batch of terracotta pots I have embedded them in my garden beds. Sealing holes in terracotta is not as easy as it may seem. You need to check to see if they sweat rather than leak.…
Added by Dave Riley on September 19, 2013 at 5:59 — No Comments
Once I realised how incredibly dry the mix was and that however much water I poured onto the beds, the plants were not doing well, I had to figure out why.
And ‘why’ is probably a combination of gardening on a slope and the surrounding trees helping themselves to the largesse on offer.
Given the amount of organic matter added to these beds over the years, it’s only been when there was a lot of rain that I got enough crops to justify the work involved. It’s taken a while…
The season has started out dry. The mornings are still crisp and cool but the days are occasionally hot. The tank is down to 1000lt so I'm back to using town water to keep things alive, with a new longer hose that reaches all parts of the backyard.
"Tidy me" wants to clean up the backyard, but "messy me" is saying leave it alone! as both the honey and native bees are…Continue
This last week I had to dig a hole in the backyard, under what passes as 'lawn'. The exercise proved a shock.
The slim layer of crisp grasses on top gave way to pure sand all the way down. The colour was yellow with only a slight greying at the surface.…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on September 12, 2013 at 1:13 — No Comments
Alright, so the last time I wrote, I had decided to give no dig gardening beds a go. They did work great.... up to a point. That point was when the layers had started to actually decompose fully and sank and filtered down through the stick layers underneath exposing all my roots to the elements. My problem was that I didn't fill them up as much as they suggested as I did not have enough material to do this. I also found that horrible nasty toads would make themselves at home in the…Continue
My many experiments in irrigating my garden have proving fruitful.
When I say 'irrigating' I mean keeping the water up to vegetables so that they don't die.
I'm not asking much.
Pursuant of that I've engineered a lot of …
Added by Dave Riley on September 3, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments