April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because the days are no longer so darn hot.
I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.
I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's…Continue
You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.
Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.
So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.
See! the chickens round the gate
For their morning portion wait;
Fill the basket from the store,
Let us open wide the door;
Throw out crumbs…
Added by Dave Riley on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments
Worst of all, look and plan.
Does this obsession ever stop?
When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.
The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments
The year past in review.
But this time around...Continue
Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!Continue
I guess that I eat a lot of greens. My every day consumption is not of raw, but cooked, leaves.
I am not of the salad persuasion. Nor am I of the lightly stir-fried sort.
I try to grow the greens I like to eat. That way I always have plenty of different stems to forage.
Among my preferred leafy comestibles…
Added by Dave Riley on December 12, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments
My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.
White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…Continue
Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.
Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…Continue
Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.…Continue
Essentially my soup making works to a template.
I make up a weak chicken stock by steaming up chicken necks for the dogs. I always have that on hand. I also make stock by collecting all our leftover bones -- cooked…Continue
I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.
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Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…Continue
The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.
It became that time of the year when I was about to run out of corn flour for tortillas.
The thought of being without my beloved tacos or quesadilla was too much pain & denial to consider taking on.
Since we are within the Covid-19 epoch -- let's call the period,'Covid Pan' for short -- when I went online hunting supplies, stocks were almost non…
The primary school garden I had worked in & ran for a few years was running itself...that is before the pandemic. I had stepped back from it also to focus on my Vetiver activities.
But there is sure to be a local call for a 'community garden' to be established as we gain access to local building and…Continue