June 12, 2011 at 1:10 am #495458KristyMember
Thanks Bel, I didn’t realise they were runners as they weren’t standing upright. I’ve been thinking about getting a couple of runner ducks. Are yours male and female? beautiful colours. Where did you buy from?June 12, 2011 at 1:21 am #495459
Kristy post=313929 wrote: Thanks Bel, I didn’t realise they were runners as they weren’t standing upright. I’ve been thinking about getting a couple of runner ducks. Are yours male and female? beautiful colours. Where did you buy from?
I was just googling some pics of Khaki Campbells – I can see that our ducks could possibly be a cross between the two. They are quite upright, but a bit more solid than some runners. Either way, they don’t fly, and are definitely quite upright. The white duck is a male and the brown is a female. They were given to us as ducklings by a friend whose ducks had babies. The female hasn’t started laying yet. If Lucky (the female) decides to sit on some eggs, we’ll probably let her have babies if she’s a good sitter. Then they’ll be looking for homes….June 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm #495460AnjaMember
Just had a read through this and a look at the pics – you are doing an amazing job!! And that rhubarb raspberry pie on the last page had my mouth watering!! Fantastic!June 13, 2011 at 2:01 am #495461MatthewWilliamMember
Some people with smaller gardens choose to deck the whole area while those with bigger gardens may choose to keep their space part decked and part lawn. We ca also decorate our windows by placing small plants such as cactus and money plant. The positioning of other items in the garden like the chairs, gazebos, statues, etc can also be determined.June 13, 2011 at 2:28 am #495462
I’ve been working on a large fairy mosaic with DD6 and DS4. It will eventually be screwed to the fence beside the fairy garden. I have drawn the pattern on, smashed the tiles/plates and applied the glue, but the rest of the decoration has been all them. It’s been great fun. I’m going to add some flowers, butterflies etc once the fairy is finished because there’s still a lot of space on the board. Here is a progress shot:June 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm #495463busylizzieParticipant
:clap: WOW Bel, thats awesome, always wanted to try to do a mosiac, cant wait to see yours mounted on the fence. :tup:June 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm #495464dianneParticipant
:clap: quite the little artists you have there. It looks wonderful. I can just see it with flowers and butterflies all over too. :tup:June 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm #495465geminiscMember
your garden’s amazing bel. that PIE…….. *drools and drowns in a puddle*
those raspberries.. *sniffs* how long have you had them for now? i wonder if part of my problem is that mine aren’t established properly? are yours in a pot or in the ground?
i need to go out and get lots more poo so i can repot all my berries.June 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm #495466
Thanks guys. 🙂
Gem – I reckon the raspberries have been in that spot for about 18 months or so. They’re in the ground. We have fairly heavy soil, which they obviously don’t mind. They get a reasonable amount of poo and duck pond water as well. Hang in there – I’m sure yours will be wonderful once they get established too. Perhaps they like the hot summers/cool winters here too? Gotta say – DH is pretty liberal with the watering too….June 24, 2011 at 12:26 am #495467
Spent the day outside in the garden. It was a gorgeous sunny 18 degrees. I pruned the pear & nectarine trees in the front yard and decided on the spur of the moment to pull out all the ‘Tas Red’ grasses along the fence. Now I’m going to plant some flowers/herbs along the fence to attract bees to help with pollinating the fruit trees.
I also added some gypsum and ammomium sulphate to the area where I want to plant my blueberries. I’m desparately trying to increase drainage and lower the pH. I bought Elliot, Blue Crop and Brigitta blueberry bushes today to put in when the ground is right. I tested the pH today and it’s still very high – 8-8.5. More pine needles and sulphur needed I think. I’m probably pushing sh*t uphill trying to put blueberries in the ground here, but I’m going to try anyway.
I need sow some more seeds over the weekend if I have time. I have pre-soaked some strawberry guava seeds and I’m going to try and germinate them in the laundry where it’s warm.
I’m also on the look-out for a white & a black Shahtoot mulberry tree. Finding them hard to find here in Adelaide though…..
I’ll try to upload some photos over the weekend if I have time.June 24, 2011 at 12:31 am #495468brymarkMember
How good does that pie look Yum.July 8, 2011 at 12:47 am #495469
I’ve done a fair bit of gardening lately, but it doesn’t really show up much on the photos. Plenty of pruning, mulching, weed-pulling and general maintenance. It’s been really rainy for the last few days, so not much happening in the garden. I’ll try to show you how everything is going:
Here are my artichokes. They seem to like the weather:
I have now pruned my donut peach. It grew heaps over summer, so I had to prune it back pretty hard:
My strawberries have gone ballistic. Runners have inflitrated the path and there is hardly any gap now between the strawberries and the next garden bed. They are flowering too – in winter! I’ve dug up some runners and given them away, but you can hardly tell they’ve been touch. I planted more in a bare patch next to the old patch, but still need to pull up about 1m2 of thick runners, I reckon. Anyone want any runners – they are Tioga and cope really well in our hot summers.
The big patch:
Newly transplanted runners:
DH has finished digging up the grass in this triangle section between the raised wall and pergola. We planted some green manure and it’s growing really well (when the ducks don’t eat it all!!). We also planted green manure along the top portion of the wall where we plant to plant some strawberry guava this spring:
Another angle:July 8, 2011 at 1:06 am #495470
We scored some cheap lucerne for $5 per bale!
I used a heap of it to insulate the chook coop:
I gave the girls a bale too. It’s a bit like a front door mat in their coop to keep some of the mud and draught out of their sleeping quarters:
Here’s the patch that I fenced to keep the chooks and ducks out. Some things have done better than others.
There’s bok choy & spinach:
Some little carrot seedlings:
I’ve done heaps of work to this patch to acidify it where I intend to plant blueberries. I’ve bought the blueberries already (Blue Crop, Elliott & one other I can’t remember just now), but the soil is still way too alkaline to plant them into. I need to wait for the sulphur, pine needles and other stuff to do its work:
This is the big pile of prunings that I need to get DH to mulch:July 8, 2011 at 1:19 am #495471
I’ve finally planted my new apples trees.
The granny smith/pink lady (I will espaliate this one):
The royal gala/Fuji:
This is apparently an edible chrysanthemum from seed donated by a kind ALS’r. Can someone tell me what to do with it?
Fennel growing well:
We’ve started harvesting the purple peas from the front yard now. Yummo! They have grown as high as the eaves on the house, but got blown over with the wild weather we’ve had:
I had a row of Tas Red’s growing along the fence next to the front fruit trees, but pulled them out last week. I want to plant some flowering herbs/bushes to attract the bees this spring to assist with pollination of the fruit trees:
These are the green peas in the back yard. The ducks keep trimming them for me!!
Here’s my patch of Fenugreek from seed that Gem sent me:July 8, 2011 at 1:49 am #495472AnjaMember
LOVE the mosaic fairy!! I am looking forward to seeing it completed!!! 🙂
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