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Random Update Stardate: 05032014. Man, I feel like a farmer...

Some Random Observations:

Today, I realised I haven't bought any salad greens for 4 months.  

The other night, I made tomato soup that was completely home grown.  It was served with home made olive bread rolls and grated home made cheese.  Happy to report that is was really damn good, and I don't even like tomatoes. 

Tonight's Thai Beef salad was pretty much all our greens again.  A Thai Youtube friend taught me you can include radish leaves which I did.  He is correct. 

I have a fridge and pantry full of preserves - gotta stop doing jams etc for a while. 

My perch are only a few months away from harvest.  I need to buy more fingerlings to settle over winter. 

I think the passionfruit crop is slowing down - thank god. 

I have a crop of cauliflower and turnip seedlings slowly sprouting indoors.  They will go into the new wicking bed that I am making which will use a big fat slab of my compost (which now even includes locally sourced horse poo).

Snow peas are shooting in the shady patch. (Must check on the zucchini in that bed as well!)

I'll get to try lemonades soon for the very first time - courtesy of my own tree which is planted in planter box seat that I built myself.  

Kratky hydroponics is not going so well.  I'll post in the wicking bed group about that soon. It's my own fault.

Aquaponic bok choi is ready for harvest.  They look really good. 

Bobbie eats poo.  It's disgusting.  He is a wonderful little man except for his toilet habits/diet. 

Man, I feel like a farmer!

You guys have taught and inspired me so much!  I'm very grateful.  

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Comment by Jodie Miller on March 21, 2014 at 16:36

You are an inspiration.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 9, 2014 at 22:09

Valerie - my Kratkys aren't going so well.  Mind you, I got a touch busy so had to ignore them.  I think using compost and worm tea would work, but I suspect you need to renew the water fortnightly.  Of course, I could do it the normal way, but where's the fun in that?

Comment by Valerie on March 9, 2014 at 22:00

So it is possible then! You too have become an inspiration for small plot gardeners. My 2 (!) kratkys are doing well. Planning some more self-watering and mini wicking beds using Spurtopia methods. Looking forward to chatting next week if you can make it.

Comment by Lissa on March 7, 2014 at 5:35

You are achieving so much in your garden in such a short time :) Totally well done!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 6, 2014 at 19:24

Definitely Jane.  A few badly scaled lettuce convinced me to do it. 

Comment by Jane on March 6, 2014 at 16:24

Congratulations that sounds a marvelous amount of home produced food, wish I could produce so much at this time of year, are your green crops under shade?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 5, 2014 at 23:10

Thanks Elaine! Mostly use dried.  I will increase his fresh diet. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 5, 2014 at 22:59

Dogs are after minerals … do you feed raw meat, bones and vegetables? Cooked reduces available nutrients - or so it seems. Used to feed raw (cooked veges) and have fed dried but never canned. Still think despite extra time and storage that dogs do best on fresh food (as do we). If you're already feeding fresh, then add a dog vitamin/mineral supplement. Used to use Zing the dogs loved it.

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