February 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm #486518
*gulps*February 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm #486519
geminisc post=303549 wrote: *gulps*
Oy – don’t gulp your food gem 😛February 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm #486520
ok! my first posting from home with the new telstra wireless dongle.
sooo excited! internet at home! upload and check als FROM THE COUCH!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
AAAAAaaand, all the pics are modified on my computer at home! Not my work one! *proud look* see, busylizzie? I CAN do ALS stuff away from my work desk. :laugh:
here is my garden at the moment:
it’s had a bit of nip and tuck here and there. most of the plants that had gone to seed have been pulled up.
the parsley is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller in size.
this is the suffering kipfler chicken wire experiment. hasn’t gone so great i’m afraid. most of the plants died from the heat, and when i tried to bandicoot i came up with nada. *sniffs* :unsure:
btw, in case you’re wondering about my tomatoes, the update for those are in the tomato thread.February 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm #486521
this is a chilli plant that i bought as a seedling back in december. there are now baby chillis on there! :woohoo:
of course after this weekend the nights have dropped back down to under 10. who knows what will happen now… :unsure: :angry:
as you can see, harvest of the parsley has been very good. I gave most of this harvest to my mother in law (gotta get brownie points somehow 😉 )
the squash originally came to as seeds from her, so that made a nice impression too.
the white, is i *think* a radish, but who knows. I gave that to her as well. :whistle:
this is last night’s harvest. silverbeet.
i’ve been really happy with these. i put them in back in winter and they stayed fairly small and boring. but once the weather warmed up they’ve been thriving. the constant rain has helped.
i think these originally came from an ALS’r. 🙂February 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm #486522
i’m getting a bit worried about my blueberries. i need to go out and check the ph but it’s too cold out there at the moment (ok, so i admit i’m lazy, ok?)
i’m hoping that the problem is simply that they got a bit burnt from the sun. they are north facing.
they have been put in the pots with a mixture of camellia potting mix and rotted down alpaca poo. i just hope they come back and thrive. otherwise that’s $24 down the tube… and i want blueberries… :unsure:February 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm #486523
Poor blueberries… hope you can figure out what’s going on with them. Mine seem to be thriving. Definitely check the pH! Or maybe find a permanent home in the ground for them?
Sounds like you’ve got a really challenging climate to garden with! Cold already of an evening?? Brrr!!!February 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm #486524
yeah – in the mornings it’s 13, and in the evening it’s around the same. *sigh*
talk about a short summer!!!February 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm #486525
just had a bit of a scare.
was out pottering in the garden topping up beds and putting in seeds. i had let the puppies out to wander and play while i gardened. i hear a thwump so i look up and spot fred (my puppy in my avatar) looking curiously on the ground.
i stop what i’m doing and walk close to the edge of my veggie patch and see a dark grey/black scaly long thing half curled in the grass.
i immediately call for freddie and elsie (who was only a little behind him, investigate a bush) and luckily they came towards us and we put them in the pen.
we acted calm around the pups but gosh i was shaking afterwards. hubby went to investigate to ask me where i’d seen it, and i showed him where i was. snakey had gone by then. no trace.
the grass around the place is still quite high although around the house itself, it had been whippersnippered down a while ago, and the puppies had flattened quite a lot in their play.
unfortunatley the whippersnipper doesn’t work at the moment.
i’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do about snakeys. i’m assuming it was one, and i hope it wasn’t in attack mode when fred pounced the first time. i’m just glad he missed and that it happened close enough to me for me to notice. if he’d been up on the hill or further away i wouldn’t have noticed the pouncey thwump and who knows where we’d be now.
also very grateful they came when they were called and that fred had abandoned his little interest.
feeling a little shaken up and frazzled at the moment.
has anyone else had any close encounters? what do you do about snakes? i’m in a rural property. it’s silly to think that i wouldn’t have any but i guess i’d sort’ve hoped that they wouldn’t get near the house.
it wasn’t even a sunny day! it’s cloudy and overcast, although the sun was kind’ve shining when it happened.
i’m a bit worried about whether or not this snake has a hideout nearby, or if it was simply passing through.
I originally had my greenhouse in the corner near where fred was, but it had fallen down a few months ago. i’d actually gotten around to fixing it the other night and was going to show you guys pics this weekend. now i’m wondering if i’d accidently displaced the snake (!) :unsure:
i have no idea. but i’m a bit terrified atm to go out and garden. it was definately not a baby snake (if in fact it was a snake, although i have no idea what else it could’ve been – a really long lizard? :pinch:February 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm #486526
I hope your feeling better after your snake episode the other day…
Get back on the horse so to speak and just keep an eye out. I think you sometimes have to be really unlucky to see one…
How’s the garden going btw? Toms?February 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm #486527
toms are now being updated on the toms thread.
atm the only toms i’m getting are yellow pears. and not that many as the caterpillars are fighting me for them.
the rest are green and fairly small =(
although my green zebra is getting larger!
i’m still quite skittish in the garden. nearly chucked a fit when a little lizard ran at me (was running away from fred who wanted to eat it). usually i ignore the lizard and think he’s cute, but yesterday jumped a mile =/
i’ve started venturing into the garden but with my gumboots and lots of stomping.
still terrified about the puppies and every time they show interest in something out there i’m calling them. =/
have some pics from the garden taken last week. will try and get around to posting them up today.February 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm #486528
“97 bottles of beer on the wall, 97 bottles of beer on the wall, take one down, pass it around, 96 bottles of beer”
I like pics!! 🙂
(which reminds me… that Busylizzie STILL hasn’t shared her promised pics!! 😆 )February 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm #486529
she probably hasn’t, just to spite us :angry: :laugh:February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm #486530
I think I’d be a little cautious myself as well….
I read your tom update….
I find if I plant toms they don’t do too well, but the strays that come up seem to thrive, I’ve had one garden bed just come up with toms all year.
Have been a slack gardener tha past year myself :laugh:February 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm #486531
well i’ve been chucking the ‘eaten’ toms on the ground. maybe they’ll come up themselves next year? who knows.
this is my first year and the garden’s essentially starting from scratch (aka clay and rock) so maybe next year will be better? *fingers crossed*February 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm #486532
these pics were taken last week before the snake episode.
this is my latest zucchini plant, put in about a month ago. would you believe this is the best looking zucchini i have? despite the other two that i got that i’d put in three months ago in the western water tank bed? and still no fruit.. *sigh*
the leaves beside the zucchini plant are my squash plant, which has overtaken my louffa and cucumber. in fact i’m surprised my cucumber is still alive, all things considering. that squash is bOOMING.
I also moved my greenhouse from the garden bed. It had gotten blown over by the wind back in spring, and I never got around to putting it back together again. It didn’t help that I’d put it in a place that wasn’t 100% flat so it didn’t start out with the best of chances anyway
at the moment it’s housing some experimental cuttings of sage and thyme.
I also bought another rosemary bush and some lemon thyme on the weekend. Haven’t gotten around to putting those in the garden yet. They’re still in pots but they seem ok. I think I’m going to put the rosemary outside the patch but the thyme will be in the beds, probably under the awnings again.
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