Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What I'm Reading



Liking this as it has great advice on what to do daily, weekly and seasonally

Harvest time

These are my King Edward potatoes: First potatoes 2010

Only on August 7 2010 (nearly 5 months ago) they were like this:
planting the potatoes
The garlic - planted on Mothers Day : 9th May 2010 and harvested 27th November (29 weeks) turned out great - very tasty.
an abundance of garlic
Also some onions onions
and some leeks for soup:
leeks
It's a great time of year

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The hope of spring

My apricot tree is in bud!
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I just planted it a few weeks ago and from a bare stick it is now showing signs of life. Amazing. Looking forward to seeing if it ends up with any fruit/

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

spring garden

And at the start of spring I just love the way the garden is starting to flourish after an unusually wet winter after 10 years of drought:
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Here in the foreground some celery, cabbages and broccoli, in the next bed carrots and beetroot, then onions and garlic and finally peas and broadbeans

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I planted three but only one grew...

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Going to make zucchini fritters. Yummmm

Friday, January 8, 2010

Another vegie garden far from home

While we away at Port Fairy I went into the backyard of our bed and breakfast and was amazed to see these vegie gardens, which were tended by Ryan, the chef of the classy restaurant attached to the inn. I was very impressed by the tomatoes.

Port Fairy

Port Fairy

Port Fairy

At one stage I saw another chef picking herbs for the night's meals. There was basil, thyme, nasturtiums, and lots more

Monday, January 4, 2010

A book to read

I went to the library today and picked this up To read
Looking forward to learning more. Did some mulching of the front garden today as it is going to be 35˚ C tomorrow

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Harvesting worm castings

Today I spent some time harvesting worm castings from the ceres worm bin. Put them near the beans and new tomato plants. Made a few decisions about what I will not put in the worm farm in future: whole eggs egg without shell would be fine, egg shell added separately after it has been well crushed up. No woodchips, can't think why I put them in in the first place and everything I put in will have to be cut up quite finely.
Worm cafe - stackable
Ceres flow through worm farm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Seeds


In keeping with my advice to myself about planting something everyday, I planted a few seeds of pumpkin, eggplant and beetroot. Also some nasturtiums. Looking forward to seeing them come up. Today I also turned the compost in bin 1 and added to the compost in bin 3. The new chooks have started laying four weeks after they arrived at our place.

2 new chooks

What to plant when

Really love this quote: "A secret to productive gardening is to plant regularly - plant something every day if possible in suitable climates."
This comes from Chris Hutchinson of Gardenate a site that reminds you what to plant in any month for your climate zone. There is even an email reminder service. I am going to find it very useful I think

Friday, January 1, 2010

In the garden today

Dill, coriander and borage

The corn is just loving this weather

Some tomatoes I picked today

These are some images from my garden on this first day of 2010. I spend a bit of the day starting a new lot of compost, deadheading the roses, doing some pruning, harvesting some rhubarb to eat tonight and ignoring the beans, silverbeet and zucchini that are crying out to be picked.

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