A feature I love about my outback is the system of aerials and ladders that support climbers of any type I plant.
In true polycultural bent I can run a climber UP almost anywhere and mix it with other plants at its base.
When finished with, climber stems and leaves make for good mulch, but always trim them for obedience.…Continue
And I've always cooked since I started batching it. With a longstanding preference for Middle Eastern foods, I developed quite a skillset.
Then when I fell ill 33 years ago I combined the two obsessions.
I grew things to eat -- of course…Continue
As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.
Wee packets of soil they are.
I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…Continue
I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.
Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.
When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…Continue
The beds we did not cover with weed mat, I carpeted with harvested Vetiver mulch and they've done OK -- not much in way of weeds.
Hardly any '…Continue
I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.
It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...
Still make 'em. Still love 'em.
Gotta always have Knäckebröd on hand.
With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…Continue
After harvesting the Vetiver hedges for mulch, I approached a level of neatness and order that I, for one, am not used to.
It may not be topiary but the plan is to take the trimmed hedges to a height that will keep the chooks off the beds when they free range.…Continue
I won't have enough stock if my foreshore restoration/protection plantings survive the sand, King tides and any storm surges. I'll sure to have my…Continue
And I got myself a bar fridge el cheapo.
You are looking at my new home at home for kimchi, sweet pepper paste and sundried tomatoes -- with fermented squid on the bottom shelf.
[I haven't had the courage to try the squid yet ...just saying so if I poison…Continue
The complication is that when I ran out of on-hand supplies I had to venture out into the darkness and pouring rain to pick some more.
My previous batch was made from my own cabbages but none…Continue
I just spent a couple of days out on the Western Downs. While I was away we had 20 mm of rain here at home, and another 16 mm fell tonight after we returned.
But around Chinchilla it is dry as drought is.
The cattle are scrawny. Even the brumbies are ring barking the trees as they chew off the bark to sustain themselves and many dead kangaroos dot the roadside because they put themselves at pedestrian risk in their hunt for food.
On the drive back we must have seen…Continue
Images more for me than for anyone else, September registers as green. That's despite the dry weather over the Wintering.
What with this and that, I've run out of things to do.
The Milk Crate 'garden' has been extended with more herbs planted and experimental Goji berry bushes. I needs my supply of thyme and oregano -- my fix.Continue
The renovations are proceeding as I embrace a new gardening template.Jungling habits remain.
This is looking south along a Vetiver bordered pathway.
I think I'm finally developing a serviceable tomato rig.
Analogy: kelp forest.
Love this image. Captures the garden's magic.Continue
I harvested mulch from my Vetiver hedges today now that the grass clippings are no longer available -- as lawns are in hiatus -- as are lawnmower men.
A new system of carpeting soil is upon me as I laid out the stems over one of my productive beds.
This time of year the chickweed drives me crazy.
I also planted out seeds -- yes seeds! -- for potato onion and perennial leeks which I got from a specialty nursery in Bendigo. In the meantime my most…Continue
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A walk around the happenings in the garden is to experience a lot of up and down.
There are a lot of plants hanging about. Hangers on -- attaching themselves to on-hand climbing or clambering things.
Nowadays every new seedling I plant is marked with a stick.
It a dog defence.…Continue
The weeds don't thrive. Irrigation needs are forgiving. Plants grow in their own good time...
Mind you, seeds are slow to sprout . But if you are patient, the harvests keep a'comin.
Best time of year: no question. Here in SEQ at least.
Despite my best efforts I still have some empty spaces left…Continue
It's messy and jungle-like and green merges into green so that it is always hard to distinguish the species of plants one from t'other.
But I've tried...
Captured en route to…Continue
Herein is an exposé of the underlying principles that my good self have concocted within the juicy confines of my fertile brain.
The Story So Far
My old garden was…Continue