November 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm #253678
I thought I’d start a garden log to share and record my successes, failures and of course to share the photos of my progress!
My aim is to eventually be able to grow enough vegies and fruit to be able to highly reduce what I buy at the supermarkets.
Whilst I have grown bits and pieces over the years, I’m pretty much a newbie in terms of growing vegetables on a larger scale, so this year is to be my testing year… finding out what grows well, what doesn’t, what the yield is… all of which is being recorded on a slightly modified version of Wombat’s spreadsheet 😆
My partner and I bought a run down – ie completely messy 5 acres. The tenant who came with the place, had been living there for about 12 years and didn’t believe in the tip, or using the rubbish services.. instead he’d burn all of his rubbish :sick: … we’re still finding old glass bottles underneath where his old burn pile used to be. :S But anyway… it’s all much much better now and most rubbish is cleaned up.
My first attempt at a vegie garden:
I got fed up with deciding that I needed some more room, then would spend hours digging up a new bed, only to decide that again I still didn’t have enough room. So I hired Mr Rotary Hoe for the day.
So after a few days work digging, composting and mulching with straw I ended up with…
The straw is doing such a good job of suppressing the weeds… except it’s looking like I’m going to get a nice big crop of oats!!
Currently the garden is resting before planting (while I set up the drip irrigation system!), but since I did combine it with my before attempts I do have four tomatoes, three rows of potatoes, some broccoli (that the bunnies have made dinner out of… grr!!), four strawberries and some onion, spring onion and carrot growing in the bare batch.
In the background.. just before the cow you can hopefully see the fruit trees that have been planted, four varieties of apple (Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Jonathon and Gala), cherry (Stella), Plum (double grafted – Santa Rosa and I can’t remember the other), and my current pride and joy… the White Mulberry tree…
… I really must get some bird netting over the mulberries – I’ve never ever eaten them and would love to be able to try at least a few!! 🙂
There is plenty of wildlife around, being just minutes away from the state forest, plus neighbours tend to enjoy feeding the local galah, cockatoo, rosella and king parrot population… Imagine my surprise last Sunday when I was doing my chook house jobs and a pair of king parrots came visiting. I got out a handful of the chook food and the male came and ate out of my hand, he later jumped onto my arm also for a feed B)
Anyway that’s probably enough for one post at least. :laugh:
Pictures are all fixed now!! I uploaded them into the Albums on this site and managed to insert them. Sorry for the quality… I tend to take them from my phone, but I have got the camera on charge so that I can start taking much better quality photos now!)November 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm #482092
Er… having a few problems with the photos… am editing now! Oops!November 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm #482093
All fixed 🙂November 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm #482094carolfMember
Fozzies there is no doubt an easier way than this, but i upload my photo’s onto photobucket, then i just copy and paste from there, i don’t use the attachment box, just copy and paste straight to where i am typing. sorry hope that it makes sense.:laugh:November 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm #482095
Unfortunately I’m on the work PC and that blocks photobucket… otherwise I would use that.
Perhaps I’ll wait until I get home to get the pics uploaded!
Haha… I managed to upload one somehow… still not sure how I got one, but cannot get the rest to upload.November 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm #482096bystarlightMember
Wow, you have a beautiful spot there! Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your white mulberries (I bought a white mulberry tree and it has delicious red fruit!)November 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm #482097dianneParticipant
:woohoo: I LOVE IT! more gardens to watch grow. oh to have that space, and the cow:silly: how much fun you are going to have. ;ove the photos. next installment please:cheer:November 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm #482098AlexandraMember
Great ideas and photos… love to see everyones efforts at the vegie gardening… helps to inspire usNovember 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm #482099sue eMember
love looking at gardens. beautiful, fozzie! thanks for sharing 🙂November 11, 2010 at 11:24 pm #482100busylizzieParticipant
:woohoo: Nice work Fozzie, beautiful spot (of coarse it is, its not far from me) Cant wait to see all your adventures growing your fruit and veg. Thumbs upNovember 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm #482101
🙂 Thanks all! Its great to be able to have other people for me to share my gardening highs/ lows… my family get a little over me talking garden this, garden that 😆
I’ve gone for a wander around with the camera to take some better quality photos of what I’ve done, so here they are:
I had to dig up the edge of my garden bed and put dirt on the nice clean straw, this is the start of the dripper system being installed. Each line has it’s own “manifold” (well that’s what the guy at the store called it), which has a valve that can be turned on and off, or turned down if needed. I’ve installed 75% of the system and so far seems to be working well! (I forgot to grab the camera yesterday evening to get some more shots of the system)
The view of the vegie garden/ lemon tree and chook yard from the house verandah
I went to the local market on Saturday… and although I was going to start preparing the ground over summer… I got talked into buying 6 blueberry plants… oops!! :laugh: From the above photo you may be able to see a patch of straw to the upper right hand side of the photo… that is to be their home. So now I need to get preparing the soil… and install a dripper line for the blueberries too and plant the blueberries.
One great thing about spending your first year at a new property is discovering the colour/ smell of each rose as it starts blooming. Here is the second rose bloom (the first was a very boring white and yellow blossom like flower.. that also smells great!!)
Annnnnd I think that’s about all… one bed is about to have two butternut pumpkins planted, two spaghetti squash, one zucchini and as many cucumbers that will fit in them. I also bought six more tomato plants from the market, as well as a punnet of capsicums. Now that the dripper system is *almost* installed, seeds will be planted for sweetcorn, beans, some leafy greens (am I the only one who has found that lettuce seems to grow best NOT in a punnet?? :blink: )November 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm #482102sue eMember
fozzie that looks great! i am inspired to give it a go with the watering system. i was just planning to put the vege gardens to bed for the summer cos i just hate hosing/lugging water up to where the vege gardens are but this makes me think i should give another go. we have been growing ablueberry in a big pot for the last few years and each year have had a better harvest. remember that they need acid soil. i have been mulching with tea bags as these are supposed to be acidy.love the rose. it looks much healthier than my poor strugglers. am really enjoying this thread. thanks for taking the time to share. 🙂November 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm #482103brymarkMember
Looking good 🙂November 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm #482104
Definitely have a go sue e.
I’ll make a more in depth post once it’s finished in the other dripper system topic I started I have been taking photos other than what I’ve posted in here of the filter set up etc.
The whole process is much easier than what I thought.
Oh… and try and go the produce/ irrigation type store, the fittings are SO much cheaper there than in Dahlsens… I found out the other day that a 2.5cm elbow from Dahlsens is about $1, from the irrigation store it was about 30 cents.
Thanks Brymark 🙂November 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm #482105mossyMember
Looks great! I can’t wait to see more updates 🙂
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