Monday, September 04, 2017

Moving Forward







Getting the raised garden beds ready was a good stint of physical work. Been a few years since I have put in the hard yard like this.

First bed finished. In the raised bed is 3 wheel barrows of chicken manure from their bedding area, followed by 3 wheel barrow loads of top scrapings from the chook run. This was topped off with  3 lovely loads of my very own compost.

These gardening beds came from Aldi and they are just the right height and size for me.  Pat gave this one to me for my birthday. Who need jewelry when you can have gardening items???





Green bed is from Hudson and his family, they  gave me two green ones for my birthday. Supervisor is checking to make sure all the work is up to plant standard.






Plants in and pea straw starting to be spread around, for weed control. Notice the rubbish behind those beds is now gone as well? Looks much better now. I have planted apple cucumbers, burpless cucumbers, loose leaf lettuce mix, curly parsley and zucchini. Third bed is just sitting and waiting for the long weekend in October. Then that will have tomato, capsicum and basil.





Lemon tree also mulched for the up coming hot weather, as well for weed control too.






Given my girls a job too. In that pot is a mixture of weeds, lawn runners and garlic chives. I want the pot in the up coming weeks and thought, they can have a feed and clean the pot out for me.

While spreading the pea straw we had a downpour of rain, with small hail. This has made me think I should leave the bale of straw for the girl's area until next fortnight. That way its won't be as wet and yucky for them. So I'll invest in another pea straw bale this fortnight and keep mulching.

My garden is powering along and already I can see new growth in the seedlings.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

As Time Goes By

My goodness, time has flown by so quickly and so much has happened. I have been through some tough years, from loosing my dad and taking a year to get through those very dark months.

To open heart surgery October 2015.

Birth of 2 more grandchildren.

I still have my chooks and ducks. Some have passed on and new ones introduced.

My beautiful cat Lucky and my White Russian Rebel have passed on. I now have a very independent cat call Lara.

Matilda is the light of my animal world, a dog.

 That is Matilda with Harley who is nearly 20 years old. Matilda I call  my therapy dog, as she was given to me by Patrick when my dad died. She makes me smile and laugh, even when I am having a bad day.

I stopped gardening for a few years, but did keep making compost with what ever I could, that the chooks and ducks didn't eat.

Yesterday that all changed.

I have decided to go back to gardening. For lots of different reasons.

Here is a tease photo.






That is my four year old grandson Hudson, checking out our new gardening system.

Over the next few days  I'll be posting lots of photos of what is happening at Lucky's Duck Farm. I hope you'll come back and see what is happening.




Monday, September 30, 2013

Baby Rabbits






Its very exciting here at Lucky's Duck Farm as we have 3 baby bunnies.





They were born early this month and both Pat and myself are just enjoying the little cuddles from the three of them.

At the very cute stage of moving around the cage.





And greeting me the the door of their hutch.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I'm Back.

Yes, you did read the title of this post correctly.

I am back gardening after about 18 months away from it. I decided to take a year off for different reasons and then for health reasons from both Pat and I, it was another 6 months.

A lot has happened in this time.

My son James was married in January of this year and they are expecting their first baby at the end of November.

Amy has returned to work part time and we have little Cooper who is about 16 months old now every Monday & Thursday.

I have some lovely photos and a real shocker of a photo for you as well.




Little "Super Cooper" is now walking and this makes it much more fun here in Lucky Land. Cooper is able to spend time outside in the backyard on the nice days.

We spent last Monday morning out in the garden and Cooper had a ball. From emptying all the pegs in my basket to pushing the washing trolley around on the lawn.

Cooper so wanted to push the wheel barrow around and was getting a bit on the stroppy side as he couldn't move it....lol. So Pat and I are going to look around for a toy wheel barrow for Cooper to use when he visits.

Coop loves my chooks, ducks and little rabbit "Buddy". My plan when Cooper is older is to have his own little vegie patch. Anything he harvests can be taken home for him to share with mummy & daddy.




Now the scary photo. WEEDS!!!!!!!! lots of them. Tomorrow we are getting Amy & Ben's lawn mower and we'll give it a good going over. Weeds into the compost bin and then start to either remove the roots or just turn it all into the soil.



A rewarding picture now.

Fresh asparagus on our dinner plate that night. That made for all the back breaking work we did that day worth while.

So as you can see we have a way to go getting my little vegie patch back to working and feeding us. We're both very egg-cited about this.

Until next time......







Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Queensland


May God have mercy on Queensland
and hold the people in his arms and shelter them.

Friday, January 21, 2011

No GPS.

Remember how I asked for a GPS for out in the vegie garden/jungle? Well if you sent me one, it got lost in the mail....lol




After tea tonight, I thought the evening was too lovely to be inside doing dishes. So I collected a basket and went outside to see what I could harvest.

Couple of duck eggs and half dozen chook eggs later, I started harvesting beans.

That lead to the following story. Pop the kettle on and make a cuppa before you start reading.

The asparagus had grown more spears and gone to that tall fern look, so the left of the Purple King beans was hard to get to. The pumpkin had grown on the right side of the beans, through the corn stalks. Making bean harvesting from that area, impossible.

Out came the gloves, up went my hair and in the jungle I went.





Looking into the corn area, I cut out almost half the corn stalks and any pumpkin vine I came across. No pumpkins forming in this area, so I was harsh in cutting the vines back.




Looking back towards the clothes line. At one time this view was blocked out and it was a struggle to get through to the back part of the garden.

I've left all that sitting there until tomorrow morning. Where I'll chop it all up by hand and compost it.



Look at poor #11, he's been underneath the pumpkin...poor bugger. Tomorrow I'll give it a feed and whisper to it, how much I love it and hopefully it won't sulk for too long.




Those stakes in the pumpkin area is actually the tomato area. This is the before photo.



After photo and once again the cuttings are laying there until tomorrow morning. Mozzies were coming out and I was getting tired as well. Huge amount of tomatoes to be harvested in weeks to come.



I found 1 pumpkin and I am hoping this one isn't the only one in the end for this season. This one is almost at the top of the fence in the duck area.




Future compost mess to be mixed with some chicken litter from their housing area.

Tomorrow I'll have my camera with me and take photos as my morning goes by.


On a more somber note.

I've been busy in the sewing room, (hence the pumpkin going feral) I have been making softies for my HUGGLES For Kids drive for children of the floods. There are some wonderfully talented ladies around Australia making softies to help me.

What am amazing country we live in, make me proud to be an Aussie. Seeing us come together as a nation.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Harvest

Last evenings harvest, was a lovely pleasure to collect. Something about picking beans. Pat was helping me pick beans, though he was eating his fair share.





Capsicum came in at a lovely 380 grams. The tomatoes on the right are from a self sown plant. Strawberries have been eating today, mixed in with my vanilla yogurt. Beans are in the freezer.




You can't tell in the photo, but this baby weighed in at a hefty 402 grams. We had half this morning on our toast and the rest in wraps for lunch.

Until next time....hoo roo


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