August 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm #486623busylizzieParticipant
then theres the answer to your gardening problem :sick:August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm #486624dianneParticipant
:hug: :kiss: for Gemie, spring will be here soon and then summer and I will be feeling the way you do now and you shall be able to brag about everything you have growing 😉 :tup:August 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm #486625
awww thanks di! :kiss:
i should get off my butt and start sowing seeds again. it’s been raining all week, and before i know it summer will be here. better go and dust off the greenhouse eh?
i went to get some mizuna greens last night and it’s all been picked.
…did i do that? :shrug: i can’t remember! B)August 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm #486626dianneParticipant
:hug: your welcome, forgot to say I lave your candle, looks beautiful :tup:September 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm #486627
Ok! Times to update The Log.
Was very unmotivated for a while when it was cold, but now that the weather’s warmed up I’m feeling pretty good.
Here are the major changes to my garden:
And from the side…
The besser blocks was an absolute score a few weeks back. Someone was selling them on gumtree, and after a few email kerfuffles it ended up that they said I could just have them for free. SCORE!
For anyone who has unworkable soil like moi (rock and clay that WILL NOT BUDGE), I would strongly advise using besser blocks like these. Easy to lay – no need to dig, no tools required – just your bare hands *Flexes Muscles* (although you may want to wear gloves), and they look great! No mortar or anything.
I did this myself, and I’m a piddling 55kg gal. Hubby was super impressed when he came home to my new garden bed. Soooo much easier/quicker than waiting for him to build me some wooden sides like my original garden beds.
As you can see in the pic I’m missing some capping. These bricks were originally used for a retaining wall, so obviously the wall was higher than the level I’ve done. On my list is to take one of the caps to bunnings or some sort and get more to finish the bed off.
I’m super excited about the beds. My neighbour and I went out to a place 2 weekends ago and picked up a whole ute full of horse poo. It’s now in the beds. I’ve mixed it with the last of my lucerne bale and topped it up with a lot of euc. mulch I got from another neighbour.
This time next year that bed should be full of edibles and pretties!!!
I also got myself some more blueberries. Everyone kept on saying that my blueberries might just be dormant, but here, let me show you.
This is what the pair I bought last year currently look like:
dey is day-ad.
Here are my three NEW plants.
I can’t remember what order, but I think they are Northland, Blue Ray and Blue Rose. But I need to go home and double check. I def. know I have a Northland.
I’ve left them in their black pots for the moment, and it’s full of camellia potting mix and topped up with euc mulch. Interesting that the ph is around a 7 though. They look happy and are throwing out new leaves, so we’ll see…
I have since bought some netting from a garage sale and wired it up around the blueberries and the square pot which is strawberries.
I have something eating the leaves, and at the moment I’m really not prepared to share….September 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm #486628
The main reason is because not only are my blueberries currently alive, but check this out:
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
After the last munch from whatever out there, the strawberry plant which has only sent out leaves for the last 12 months is now starting to fruit!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
I refuse to be beaten to the quick by slugs/dogs/native wildlife this season and INSIST on eating my own freshly grown strawbs.
Yes that’s right. I INSIST.
Also in the front bed is my lemon tree.
I took out the ornamental fiscus and replaced it with the lemon tree I bought at Magnet Mart about 2 months ago. It seems happy so far. *fingers crossed*
This also has been fenced off since I took this pic.September 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm #486629
So what’s going on in the main garden?
The white thing is a pagoda thingy I got off freecycle. It took me close to an hour to figure out how to put that together, and I’m still left with two more parts and about 6 poles. :shrug:
The previous owner had taken it down and didn’t leave me any instructions. I tell you I made some whacky designs before I got to this plain square thing…
The majority of my garden bed is populated by parsley and silverbeet.
If I didn’t know any better I’d think that I was simply a parsley garden. I can’t seem to give the stuff away! The silverbeet has taken off now that the weather is warming.
This also means that my bok choi have all shot to seed.
Here are some of the borage flowers that have been flowering since around the beginning of August.
These came from seeds that were offered on ALS a while ago. I’m super excited because I also got some white borage although I don’t think I remembered to take a pic! Will do that for the next update. Either way my neighbour has now got some bees on her property and borage is supposed to be a good bee attractor. Pollination here I come!! Not to mention they’re just so pretty to look at.
I think I read somewhere that the leaves taste like cucumber and the flowers are edible too? I’ve tried the leaves, but man they’re hairy…. :sick:
Haven’t tried the flowers yet. Anyone got any recipes/suggestions?
Here is the garlic:
They all seem to be doing ok. I’ve counted and I’ve got about 12 plants this year. Last year I think I had maybe… 6? 8? I thought I’d planted more, but either they didn’t all make it, or I really didn’t plant that many…
Hubby has promised me a new bed, so when that happens, next year I’ll be able to plant even more.
In this pic you can also see my other new acquirement. A weeper hose!
I got it for $5 from the local markets. Score! So far it’s doing ok. It’s hooked up to my garden water tank which doesn’t have very good pressure, so the watering isn’t ideal. I’m thinking of looking into getting a solar water pump to help. At the moment I’m finding I need to leave the tap on overnight. And even then it’s not a guarantee that all the soil is moist. 🙁 Still, it’s still a better situation than last year when all I had to rely on for watering was my water can.September 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm #486630
Here are my spring onions:
These were started from seed in my usual sowing fashion. Open packet, dump in hand, sprinkle out on ground. Ignore. Repeat.
I haven’t really harvested much. I just snap some tops off and add them as garnish whenever I remember I have them.
As you can see they’re currently going to seed.
Since these pics were taken the seed heads have blossomed. Sooo pretty! I will try and take a pic to show.
What with everything starting to move in the garden I started worrying about my asparagus.
I went to check and moved the mulch out of the way. Within two days spear tips which had only just emerged from the soil shot up out of the ground.
I think these 3 year crowns (now 4 years) were broken down into too small clumps. They don’t seem to be able to send more than one shoot up at a time. I’m currently waiting for the next spear. I’m leaving these alone so it will send nutrients into the crown. But the next babies that come up are MINE MINE MINE.
I also ended up getting some more asparagus crowns. Although these were from the local market and were total babies. It’s interesting comparing the size of the crowns from these babies to the 3 year old crowns I got last year. HUGE difference in size.September 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm #486631
Here are my kipfler potatoes.
These also came up around the end of July/early August. I’ve gotten more poo so I will go and cover them up. I’m hoping this time around they will produce something decent. I barely got a meal out of them last season. I ended up quitting and shovelling out half of the soil in that cage onto the main bed. Strangely enough the minute I did that new shoots came up. Go figure.
Here are my jerusaleum artichokes.
I got maybe 3 buckets out of these last season. 2 buckets I gave away. I really should get a dedicated bed together for a more decent crop this season.
I currently have a load of horse poo and euc mulch sitting just outside my garden pen. I also hae 4 tires….. Hrmmm…
Here is my bay tree.
It was gifted to me by a friend back in Summer. It seems pretty happy in the self watering pot.
Here are some berry plants.
These are babies. I think I found last season that no raspberries ever really made it into the house. All they did was go straight into my mouth. So I tell myself that I need more plants…. What I haven’t bargained for is that when I repotted these:
which were technically 2 raspberry plants, I got a TON of baby seedlings! :jawdrop: I didn’t realise raspberries could be divided….
I moved these raspberries into a trough system which I’ll have to take pics to show you.
My rhubarb also seems to be doing ok at the moment:
We’ve had it for over a year now so we should start harvesting soon.
Hubby is also very excited. His fig tree looks like it made it through our winter.
We put this baby straight in the ground in a bit of a valley/dip near the house. We managed to get one fig from it last season. Here’s hoping we get more than that this year! It’s a black genoa.
Lastly, here is hubby’s pride and joy:
It was hubby’s birthday in August, and I got him some tempernillo (sp?) grape vines as a surprise. He’s been going on and on and on and on about growing wine grapes for the last 3 years so I went and found them from a nursery and got them delivered. I ended up with 5 plants, and have potted them in self watering pots.
Hubby was over the moon. In fact this present has topped every present I’ve ever gotten him in the last 6 years. Go figure. And I’m not sure I can ever top it….
I scored some wicker type fencing at a garage sale a few weekends back and hubby got some wood palings the other day. These vines are going to be on the western side of the house and the idea is that they’ll grow up on the wicker fencing and keep the house cool. Least that’s the plan anyway. Here’s to a sunny weekend so he can put it all up!
So that’s the garden update as it stands at the moment. I’m very inspired and motivated to do work. My pile of alpaca poo and mulch is begging to be put to good use. Unfortunately it was waaay too cold and wet on the weekend to do any gardening and I’m chafing a bit at the fact that it’s still just Sitting There.
Working from Home tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be able to get in an hour or two somewhere along the way 🙂September 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm #486632froot_loopzMember
gorgeous pics geminisc.
you look like you have been busy 😀September 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm #486633Judi BKeymaster
You’ve been busy :tup: :clap:September 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm #486634MatthewWilliamMember
Really excellent pictures geminisc. You seems to be not only a good gardener but also having a deep knowledge about landscaping. I especially like your berry plants. Would you like to share more about these?September 27, 2011 at 12:26 am #486635BelMember
Well done Gem! You have been busy. I know what you mean about the rapsberries. I dug up a heap for mudhen and fruitful this season, but have ten times as many now that they’ve sprung up out of the ground. They’re getting quite invasive 👿 I need to dig a heap more out and find owners for them….
Let us know how the blueberries go. I put in 3 new plants this season too. 2 of the 3 are flowering, so off to a good start.
Where are you getting all your poo from? I pay heaps for poo here….September 27, 2011 at 12:33 am #486636froot_loopzMember
Bel where did you get your blueberries from?September 27, 2011 at 2:05 am #486637
Yes have been busy – hoping I’ll stay motivated and the bad weather stays away.
Hi matthewwilliam! Thanks for commenting 🙂
I think it’s going a bit too far to say I have a deep knowledge of landscaping. I’m a total novice at this whole gardening thing. I’m learning as I go, and all I want to do is share the journey with everyone.
Re the berry plants I have mainly raspberries, although I also have the blueberries, a mulberry cutting and what I *think* is a loganberry. I’ll take a pic of that later this week.
I’m growing all my berries in containers to keep them contained. I live on a 100 acre property and the last thing I want is for the raspberries to take over!
Hey Bel – yeah it’s funny how I kept on buying raspberry plants, and it didn’t even occur to me that often they’re classified as invasive! :laugh: now that I think about it I’m surprised it didn’t even occur to me. Every time I see raspberry plants for sale all i keep thinking is, ‘i want more raspberries! more! more! more! 👿
I’ll def. let you know how the blueberries go. I’m soo hoping they’ll make it. If they do I’ll get some denise and brigatta berries next year. *fingers crossed*
I get my alpaca poo free from a neighbour who owns alpacas. It suddenly occured to me one day that since they own alpacas they’d have to have poo. I started off offering to pay but they were generous and said just take it.
And I got the horse poo from a place that I think just owns horses? I’m not sure if they teach. They basically put an ad on gumtree and I rang them up. There’s another place I drive by that does horse agistment and they charge $3 a feedbag for horse poo.
There’s also horse riding schools that often offer horse poo for sale.
There’s another place nearby that sells sheep poo at $4 a bag. Exxy, compared to the others, but it’s pure poo. Not mixed with straw like horse poo is. Doesn’t bother me though because I just want some bulk organic matter to put in the beds. Anything is better than nothing!
Are you out in the country Bel?
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