Monday, September 4, 2017

Proper Spring!

Yes September is the month that delivers, in lots of ways  :)

The fortune plum tree has unleashed it's blossoms onto the world, a wonderful display of plant sex, the tree just buzzes with bees as soon as the sun is out

The fortune plum in all it's glory

Monarchs sneak in for some blossom goodness

The potato plants are growing well, we got some compost/soil mix from The Good Garden Company and now I've mounded them all up. I figured brand new soil with no previous history of potato or tomato growing would be best to avoid pests and diseases. Fingers crossed.

Potatoes before and after mounding up

Monday, August 28, 2017

Spring is a hair's breadth away!

Yes, September is official Spring start, also when daylight savings start, though that is at the end thank goodness. Nice to get an hour extra at the end of the day but getting up an hour earlier in the dark will be a bit painful for a week or so.
The plum tree is definitely in spring mood already

The first Fortune Plum to pop

Hover fly doing it's duty

There will be many plums...

Flat peas are flat out a handful every couple of days, lovely in stir fries

Our new south boundary fence was finished yesterday, looking very naked

The potato plants are all up above the soil so I shall add more soil to almost cover them. Picking tenderstem broccoli every few days, heaps of lovely rocket for sandwiches, my carrot seeds are up and I have thinned them out (hate doing that, seems such a waste)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The end of July

Now spring can begin, I declare it so! The days are certainly a little longer with the shadow line retreating slowly to release more garden for planting. I have trimmed the top of the hedge to allow a bit more light in as well, garden beds that have had no sun are suddenly bathed in it, for an hour or two anyway. I have planted another six cauliflower seedling as the last lot were wonderfully successful. The tender stem broccoli have been good so far and continue to supply a weekly treat, as are the flat peas, a staple for our stir fries at the moment. Today we planted a dozen jersey benne seed potatoes all into container, one lot in a purpose bought potato bag, the rest into largish buckets, it will be most interesting to see what we get. The idea is to use fresh soil so that we get no diseases from previous attempts.

Freshly planted cauliflower seedling with the tender stem broccoli

buckets with jersey benne seed potatoes near spring onions, lettuce, broccoli, carrot seedlings, Florence fennel and rocket

Lettuce, beet root, flat peas and broad beans

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Heading for the shortest day

June the 26th is the day, after that we get longer days and start heading to Spring, can't wait. Though we have only had one morning with ice on the car so far, mustn't grumble :)
The vegetable patch still looks pretty full, we have sugar snap peas, broad beans, cauliflower and tenderstem broccoli as well as some capsicums and chilies, beetroot and fennel bulbs, lettuce and rocket

Shy cauliflower hiding amongst it's protective leaves
Sugar snap pea plant

Cauliflower and broccoli patch with large leaf rocket on the left

Broccoli heads starting to get bigger

Still getting redder

Great harvest of red goodness

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seriuos farming

We have a worm farm as of yesterday, since we couldn't put our kitchen scraps on the compost heap because a couple of rats thought it was just for them. We decided to get a worm farm. A 'Can O Worms' worm farm to be exact, a local supplier dropped off the plastic farm with an ice cream container of worms. A whole new learning curve of course, keeping several thousand compost worms happy :) The theory is you get 'worm tea' as well as the worm castings that are great for everything that grows.

Can O Worms worm farm all ready to go

A circle of black plastic under a circle of old coffee sack to keep the whole thing moist

Worms in situ ready to do their magic