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Happy Garden in October/November

With the increased rain and warmer temperatures in October and November, the summer plants like the ones in the Cucurbitaceae family were jumping out of the ground like they are on steroids! (Except for hairy melon, winter melon, and angled luffa… these are so tricky!) They are suffering in the last week as the heat intensify though...

The peas and snowpeas were suffering from powdery mildew except for a few which were grown from seeds saved from a supermarket volunteered plant a… Continue

Added by Florence on November 24, 2009 at 22:00 — 8 Comments

Back from the honeymoon

Well, we're back and I'm keen to get back into the garden. It's so hot in the middle of the day so looks like it will be sunset gardening and morning if I get up before it gets too hot. Most of the garden has suffered from lack of water while we were away including the corn - attempt number three. Still hopeful that there might be one or two salvageable cobs on them. Dug up my first potatoes today. Four fairly decent sized of the cranberry red from one seed potato. Not a huge crop but happy as… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on November 21, 2009 at 14:30 — 3 Comments

Summer eating has begun!

First zucchini harvest was really gratifying! When we returned from Melbourne a week ago, there they were, ready for the wok! My dad had been watering the backyard while we were away, thank goodness, or everything would have shrivelled up and died.

However, while we were away, the dreaded mildew had also developed on the zuk and cuke plants. Started spraying with watered-down milk and that seems to have halted the pest. I am still hand pollinating, as… Continue

Added by Addy on November 17, 2009 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

All sorts of things

Both of our computers have been out of action for the last few weeks - and I'm still trying to get them up and running. Sigh.

We've been very busy in the garden though. I've moved the pea trellis (as they have finished) and planted some blue lake climbing beans. I'll also plant some snake beans here soon. I've planted peanuts (from an african food store so we'll see if they germinate - they're local Australian and they are very fresh, and no blemishes, so fingers crossed) at the base… Continue

Added by Scarlett on October 31, 2009 at 19:38 — 2 Comments

Spudz at DBay

From 750g of seed potatoes plus a couple of Dutchies from a retailer, harvested 3.730g.

Planting in August is a tad too late in the heat ... next time I'd plant as soon as the eyes have developed. And I'd give them a tad more space, too. A 300L bed was a bit cramped. And I'd mix compost (if I have enough!) with the cane mulch and try and encourage some more tubers further up the stems.

The cane mulch plus the layers of 30 percent shade cloth I used to extend the bed depth… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on October 28, 2009 at 15:38 — 2 Comments

Coffee thoughts

I'm drinking coffee right now. I love coffee. I love going to the grinding shop and smelling the different coffees in the big round tubs. I love buying coffee in a vaccuum pack and foofing the smell onto my face through the valve on the way home.

Developing coffee berries

I try to only drink one or two cups per day on work days, and one or none on non-work days. Sometimes I switch to tea for a while and give my liver and… Continue

Added by Scarlett on October 10, 2009 at 11:55 — 12 Comments

Looking forward to good summer eating!

CUCUMBERS! My favourite summer crop, and the first spring planting to go into the old tomato bed. The "infrastructure manager" built a fab angled cukie frame which also incorporates a frame for shadecloth:

The cukies are climbing happily up the mesh, and already have baby cukes! I planted 8 "burpless" and 4 "lebanese"! I've also put in some zucchinis with the cukies. Going to be a crowded bed… Continue

Added by Addy on October 8, 2009 at 16:54 — 11 Comments

September in Retrospect

Spring’s been knocking on my front door ~ see the photo of our front garden (still needs borders put in, will be re-using our old pavers)

Sunflowers in the front garden

Although just planted, the mulberry tree’s full of ~ well ~ mulberries ~ We’ve harvested about a dozen, before this picture was taken. The blueberries are bearing fruits now too, but a long way till they’re ripe.

The pomelo have finished flowering, they were huge white flowers loved by… Continue

Added by Florence on October 4, 2009 at 22:06 — 7 Comments

Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds

If you are a new food gardener, a very experienced one or in between, it is quite likely that large birds have taken more than their fair share of produce from your garden. Its a very common complaint of food gardeners in my experience, particularly in locations with big native bird populations. I have just published an article to my blog titled Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds and talks… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on September 22, 2009 at 15:47 — 1 Comment

Photos - Spring

The shady corner of the garden beds.

Baby mizuna and pak choy.

We just finished another bunch, and I'm going to cut another (not this one) this weekend.

Lychee in flower

The lime appears to be trying to… Continue

Added by Scarlett on September 11, 2009 at 18:19 — 3 Comments

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the pale-headed-rosella is

Family life and food gardening: sometimes they're incredibly complementary, sometimes they compete for every available scrap of your time. Recently it's mostly been the competitive scenario - hence the lack of computer activity on my part.

I haven't done much in the garden either. For example my pond is still not in - we haven't even dug the hole!

I noticed today that my… Continue

Added by Scarlett on September 9, 2009 at 21:38 — 1 Comment

How to find a green thumb in your food garden connections

Connections help us to weave through the sometimes bumpy road of life and enrich our human experience. Growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs allows you to enter a hot bed of connections which are fundamental to life on earth.

When a food gardener becomes conscious of these connections, a green thumb begins to appear and your effectiveness jumps significantly. You become much more effective at growing your own food in your own backyard, community garden, school or farm. Lets… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on September 2, 2009 at 21:31 — 1 Comment

August 'Spring' Preparation

Other then the potato bed, another veggie bed was ready to plant and has been filled with soil + horse manure + coffee ground since my last blog. This is the legume bed, although It’s only 80% filled, but can’t wait to start planting into it. So I’ve sown snowpeas, garden peas, sugarsnaps & pigeon peas in it, except for pigeon peas and garden peas (I think) all have germinated, and the tallest seedling is about 20 cm high!

snowpeas - taken a fews days ago, they are bigger now

The… Continue

Added by Florence on August 26, 2009 at 22:13 — 3 Comments

Heat wave - Damage Control!

This heat wave, plus empty water tank, has put great stress on my productive garden! We have been hand watering and mulching like mad, but today I noticed 2 of my little caulis have turned pink - the bigger ones seem to be coping. So some damage control measures had to be taken, and hubby was pressed into labour. In a few minutes, he erected a frame over the brassica bed, and threw an old shadecloth over it, stapled on and voila!

During the last… Continue

Added by Addy on August 26, 2009 at 16:38 — 6 Comments

Productive Weekend

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… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on August 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 2 Comments

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Added by Faith Thomas on August 13, 2009 at 14:05 — No Comments

As the storm rolled in

was out in the garden yesterday afternoon. The garlic chives were busting out of the little pot I had them in, so I repotted into a massive one. It is stressful for them to be repotted but we made it and now I have to water and nourish until it grows back up big again. The storm came in just as I was trying to top up the soil it was a nice afternoon.

Added by Jess Osborne on August 13, 2009 at 8:31 — 1 Comment

People's day = gardening day

What a lovely day for it. I hope the promised rain materialises later on.

I took all of the fittings off my pump and put plumbing tape on them, all the leaks are gone. I only lost a bit of water because the tank is almost empty - I've been waiting. Fingers crossed for a rainstorm.

I cut back most of the passionfruit vine along the fence, only leaving big strong vines and a couple of nodes on the side leaders for new shoots… Continue

Added by Scarlett on August 12, 2009 at 16:14 — 7 Comments

August preparations

Well, we had a busy day in the garden yesterday preparing the back bed for spring planting in a couple of weeks' time. The whole bed was covered in tomatoes bar a little patch I dug up and planted a few weeks ago. I picked off the ripe tomatoes as we went and ended up with half a 9 litre bucket! I put a thin layer of mulch down which will hopefully start to break down a little by over the next two weeks before I start planting. The patch looks so bare just covered in mulch, but it also looks… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on August 2, 2009 at 10:33 — 3 Comments

More work in the garden in July ~

The garden reno’s not progressing as much as I hope due to other less interesting but important commitments in life, I can only contribute a couple of hours a week on this project when the weather is good. Except for last weekend when I took a day off to move the 5 cubic metre DeCo I ordered, still some in the front though.

Two of the four veggie beds on the west side of the house are more accurately positioned parallel to the house, lined with black plastics on the inside, and… Continue

Added by Florence on July 30, 2009 at 22:22 — 7 Comments

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