Thursday, 11 August 2016

What does an hour in the garden get you?

Fresh air for me?  Check!

Greens for the chickens? 

Lavender blossoms to dry?

The discovery of your first tulip sprouts J?


And finding out that you can have fresh asparagus for breakfast tomorrow J?

Big YAY and check!

And all this while I was avoiding having to come inside and cook up the 3 very large cauliflowers that I discovered  yesterday J!

Very happy day J!  Check!!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

So, yesterday:

Yay - I was warm!!!

My darling Honey has been hard at work (at work and at home) and got our wood fire installed!  With the weather against him, he had to make good use of the few hours of low wind and some sunshine to get on the roof and get the flue through. (Um, yes, when we put the solar panels on the roof we forgot that we had already built a box for the flue to come through the strawbale insulation - what can I say, we are novices ;-).

Plus the many hours to build the hearth – he’s a bit of a perfectionist so there was a bit of adjusting and re-doing here and there – thanks Honey, I love it!

But, we all agree, it was well worth it J!

Oh, blueberry blossoms….

You have teased us before…

(Here’s hoping for this year at least one berry…J)

Friday, 29 July 2016

Oh, and when I pruned the fruit trees this week, I decided on a whim, to try and strike the cuttings.

There is very little science in this experiment.  I hadn’t planned this at all, so the cuttings were all just in a pile together (ie, I have no idea which one is which!); I had to leave them a couple of hours before I went to the shops and got some root hormone; and I have never done this before of course!  And then, after the event, I realised most of our fruit trees are grafted on dwarfing root stock so if any of these take, they will be full size trees.  Ah, the fun of gardening J.

Before the weather turns today, I needed to spray the peaches and nectarine to try and prevent leaf curl.  I read somewhere that you could try raw milk, so I have.  It sure has a lot of cream!

And I think I am only just in time to spray, because the nectarine has already started to blossom – gorgeous pink blossoms:

Apparently, it is too early for them to blossom – oh, well we can only wait and see.  This year we also have a new nectarine tree, another variety (a gift from our neighbour J), that is still only budding, so maybe if this one succumbs to some weather, the other one will do ok??  We are really hoping for some fruit this year – but we will have to beat the kangaroos to them – the monkies are eating the buds in the orchard L.  Time to build the orchard enclosure…it’s on the list…

We let the chooks prune the food forest beneath these trees too – they did a sterling job!  Boy did they trample and peck at the greens! 


I am perpetually amazed at how much they eat!  But we do like letting them live a good life here – and of course we are rewarded – 5 eggs yesterday!

And, when we cleaned out the garden beds to plant up the seedlings last week, Michael chopped down the rhubarb – and now it is doing this! 


So amazing to watch the unfurling.  I didn’t even realise they started as little balls of leaves.

Dinners from the garden this week have included pumpkin, sweet potato, silverbeet, broccolini and herbs – yum!

But this lot is a dog’s dinner!  Only the carrots are from the store – and I probably could have picked some tiny ones from the garden if I wanted. 

It really is so very nice to grow our own organic veges – thank you garden – and gardeners!

Monday, 25 July 2016

I was going through a bit of a funk in the last couple of weeks.  It was cold, wet and miserable – and pretty much so was I.  I expect this of myself because I REALLY DON’T like winter, but still I was thinking, “Just pull your socks up and get going!”  I wanted to be feeling good to get things done inside the house and in the garden – but it just wasn’t in me…

Then a bit of a reality check hit me.  And it said to me, “Traditionally winter is a time of rest.  The garden gets a bit of rest and so do the humans”. 

I’m good with that thought!   J

But, what a difference some sunshine can make!  Today has been most productive – a lovely morning walk; washing galore; gathering chook tucker (=weeding); and then a little bit of cleaning inside, which - since Michael has steadily been working on building the extra shelves we needed in the pantry – turned into a full pantry clean – gotta be happy with that J.

Don’t the shelves just do the trick?!

And he put in a few hooks so we could hang these lovelies too J.

My vintage cutting board collection (two…so far).  The one on the left (paper lanterns and cherry blossom) was a wedding gift to my parents and the one on the right I found at an op shop – it has Australian native flowers. 

So, we have had some rain…well over 100mm in 3 days…and the earthworms couldn’t cope :-(.

Still, the chickens didn’t mind the extra protein snacks.

We harvested the sweet potatoes (read this as Michael dug them all up, and I just moved them under the verandah):

And I planted out the seedlings that I have raised.   

They weren’t doing much in their trays so I figured they were ready to fend for themselves.