May 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm #254934
So, due to popular demand I’ve finally decided to start a garden log of my own. A bit about me before I start with the photos of the garden.
I live on a typical suburban block (820m2) with my husband and 2 children – DD6 & DS4. We are in a newish estate in Northgate, an inner-northern suburb of Adelaide. We are one of the very few people in our area who grow veggies, have chooks etc. We are just at the start of our simple living journey, but I really want to show people what can be achieved in a ‘normal back yard’ (and front yard). DH and I are both full-time shift workers who juggle work/kids/garden etc without much family assistance. I get really frustrated when people tell me they don’t have time to grow veggies or whatever. We squeeze as much as we can into the time/space we have.
We’ve been living in this particular house for 3.5 years. When we first moved here, the house was only 1 year old and had a big yard (the biggest feature in our minds). The back yard is really the side yard which is along a main road. The previous occupants had had all the rubbish from the foundations piled up along the boundary fence to form a long raised bed. They had ‘plonked’ in some natives which had done nothing due to the poor soil. We just saw great potential for one great big veggie bed and haven’t look back since. After tons and tons of compost, cow and sheep poo the soil is now workable and pretty good. If anyone tells you that you can’t work with clay, they’re wrong. Our soil was as heavy as anything when we started and is now really lovely.
We have 2 x Indian runner ducks (male & female) who are new additions to the family. They are excellent s*hitters, but poor sitters, I am led to believe. They have heaps of personality and are soft on the garden, but tough on the insects. We also have 7 x chickens (2 x leghorn, 1 x isabrown, 1 x welsummer, 1 x barnevelder, 1 x RIR/leghorn cross, 1 x plymouth rock). I’d like to try breeding some chickens come spring. My boss might lend me one of his barnevelder roosters.
We also have an aquponics system with some young silver perch in it at the moment. We’ve put in a few fruit trees, but they’re quite young and not yet productive. Mum has fruit in her back yard, so I harvest from her trees for now.
Long term, I’d like a bee hive, frog pond and more fruit trees. Oh, and also some underground rainwater tanks. We have 1.5kw solar panels on the roof and 3 x rainwater tanks currently. I love to cook and most of what we eat is made from scratch (I try not to put packaged/process food into the kids if I can help it). I’m working on my sewing skills and hope to learn to knit or crochet when I next have a few spare minutes. I’m also doing TAFE externally, I bottle my own fruit, make preserves and jams and try to do craft with the kids (currently making a big fairy mosaic with them).
Phew, enough chat. Now for some pics…..May 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm #495399
Let me be the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of ‘garden logs’ I hope you enjoy it as much as we will enjoy looking at your garden.
Lizzie 🙂May 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm #495400
yaaay! Bel’s log! yaaay!!!
I didnt’ know you had such clay-ey soil Bel. That gives me hope too. Although I basically try to ignore the clay and put other stuff on top in raised beds to grow things in.
Pics! pics! pics!May 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm #495401FozzieMember
Welcome to “garden log” world Bel!! 🙂 Look forward to seeing pics!!May 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm #495402
Okay, I’ll start with the front yard. We only ripped up the lawn about a year ago, so it’s not had as much work as the back. There is a small lime tree near the letterbox, and a triple-grafted nectarine & triple-grafted pear along the side:
See, a normal front yard:
I’ve planted Angela’s Blue peas in four rows:
Another view of the peas. There are a still a couple of capsicum plants growing between. They’ve only just starting going really well, so I’ve left them in and planted around them:
The nectarine and pear trees. The pear tree is suffering badly from pear slug, but given that it’ll go dormant and need a prune soon, I haven’t bothered treating it. Probably next spring I’ll have to do something about it:May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm #495403
gosh that tree is hUGE! looks like it’s a sunny day over there. big difference compared to here. grey and cloudy =(May 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm #495404
Thanks for the welcome, guys. 🙂 Kids looking over my shoulder as I type and demanding I put in some smileys, so here goes (no particular relevance, but it’ll get them off my back so I can post some more photos) 👿 :laugh:May 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm #495405
I’ll work around the back yard clockwise. This photo is of the duck enclosure. It’s basically the front of the side yard (you can see the neighbour’s house across the road). You can also see the lemon and orange trees in their yard. The ducks are doing a good job of ‘pruning’ the orange tree’s lower limbs 👿 I’m good at killing lemon trees. This is the 3rd (on the left), but is doing the best so far, fingers crossed:
These are the ducks:
Close-up of Daffy (he’s a bit shy):
Close-up of Lucky (she is NOT shy and greedily gobbles my hands):
The friend who gave the ducks to me said that one of the parents might actually have been a Indian Runner x Khaki Campbell. Either way, they’re really cute and have not shown any inclination to fly.May 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm #495406Judi BKeymaster
Welcome to the “Garden Log” 🙂 good to see what others are doing especially with clay.May 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm #495407
HOW *CUTE* ARE THOSE DUCKIES?!?!?!?!? c’mhere duckies!! come to mama for a kissy-wissy. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:May 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm #495408
:laugh: :laugh: And theres the first of the “chatter” from GemMay 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm #495409
geminisc post=310602 wrote: gosh that tree is hUGE! looks like it’s a sunny day over there. big difference compared to here. grey and cloudy =(
Thanks Gem. I’ve been really impressed with the fruit trees we planted, with the exception of the apples which have been a disaster (more on that later). They were planted into raised mounds with lots of compost/poo added. They don’t seem to mind the clay at all. Our oldest tree might be 18 months old and all are going great. And, yes, it is a lovely day. A few overcast spells, but lovely all the same. I should be out there gardening…..May 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm #495410
😛 😛 😛
i can’t help it if the duckies are cute.. *defensive*
*goes back to enticing the duckies*May 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm #495411
I should be out there gardening…..
It hasnt taken long bel, your now one of us 👿May 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm #495412
Bel post=310610 wrote:
Thanks Gem. I’ve been really impressed with the fruit trees we planted, with the exception of the apples which have been a disaster (more on that later). They were planted into raised mounds with lots of compost/poo added. They don’t seem to mind the clay at all. Our oldest tree might be 18 months old and all are going great. And, yes, it is a lovely day. A few overcast spells, but lovely all the same. I should be out there gardening…..
oh that’s really interesting. how big were your fruit trees when you planted them in? i was given little seedlings from seed and they’re struggling in my clay soil. mind you i didn’t put big mounds of compost and poo around them, so perhaps that’s the reason why.
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