Sunday, September 30, 2007

New Bean Area

Winter just gone we were planning on having 2 new fruit frees espaliered along the people fence. But with talk of water restriction being so harsh over the summer months, we decided to leave it until next winter.

I wanted to grow vegies that would give us food bulk wise, over the summer months. Like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans .....etc.

So instead of leaving this area unproductive, we are putting it to good use as a vegie plot.

Sunflowers are all finished and the poorly germinated green manure that never seemed to get turning in this time round. So the sunflowers were cut and the weeds removed and thrown over the people fence. Green manure was cut into pieces and left laying on top of the soil.

As I am a great fan of no-dig gardening, I am using this practice for this area.

Nice to know the fox trap still works, forgot to unset it, when I let the ducks out this morning. Also need to take a new scrap bit of meat out of the freezer and tie it inside the trap. The fox was back the other night, Pat saw it. Pat said it was a young fox from what he saw of it.

Sunflowers were tied together in 2 bunches and hung in the chook run for the animals to peck at. As you can see, I had lots of willing helpers this morning while playing out the back.

With the green manure cut up and then a good sprinkle of blood & bone, it was watered in with a watering can of rain water. I didn't turn the soil before I started to add to the area. Figured the worms can do this for me.

Then on top went the tumbler of compost. Three wheel barrows worth was spread over the area. The compost is full of worms all sizes and going from the colours of the worms, they are from my worm farms.

I like to add a hand full of worms to the composting bins and as the compost is transfered the to tumbler for the last few weeks before turned out into the garden. Worms are breeding up in the soil where the compost bins sit.

Next came the compost I had under the yellow leaky duck pond. This had sat there for most of the winter breaking down, just waiting for an area like this for it to be used in.

The compost was collected from the duck run and chook pen areas, laced with straw and manure.

As you can see the gang were more than happy to help out and at times they became more of a hindrance than a help. Few close calls with little bodies and the wheel of the wheel barrow.

Couple of wheel barrows worth already taken from the area and spread out in the new bean plot. The gang had a fine feast of worms, slaters and other composting feeding bugs and grubs.

This is what I was waiting all those months for..... beautiful rich, soft and almost fluffy compost mixed in soil. This sort of gardening can't be rushed..... needs time.

I think this is why I love gardening so much, it's not rushed.

All gone and the poultry are happy picking over what they can find and eat. This area should give them something to do for a while.

All finished and looking FAB TAB, ready for a lovely crop of butter beans (Pat's favourite) and a few more green bush beans for us both.

I was going to put a trellis at the back against the people fence and grow some Blue Lake beans. But I have visions of the chooks hanging off the people fence eating the green bean leaves. So the climbing beans will go else where in the garden.

To keep with the moon cycles the seeds will be sown on the 12th of October through to the 14th of October. This will give time for the soil to settle and as its still early in the season, I'm not in a rush.

So there you have it, what I was up to this morning along with the gang. One thing I did miss today was my good little gardening mate Nibbles my lop bunny. For some reason I really missed him following me back and forth through the gate. Maybe having Peaches, one of my new hens following me around, when in the run...made me miss Nibbles more. I hope he enjoys having the butter beans growing on top of him this summer season.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Please Note

Please note and remove from you bookmarks or favourites folder my main website. After a few months of deliberating, I have decided to remove it and just post here on my blog.

Some of the reasons are that I have more traffic here than on the main web site. Also I am a blog addict and enjoy this side if getting my gardening news out there.....Also the fact I tend to post here almost on a daily basis, seems easier to just have the 1 site on gardening.

I thank you so much for visiting my main web site and hope you will enjoy continuing to visit Lucky's Duck Farm here.

Picked another bunch of radishes this morning and when this size, they are so sweet, crisp and full of flavour.

Good gardening buddy "Pepe" gave us some strawberry plants back a while. Look that the little harvest that awaits me. Must say strawberries are one of my favourite fruit.

Heard talk on the radio that strawberries are going to be very pricey this summer, due to the drought.

The wind has also dropped after battering the state for a few days.

Chooks have increased their laying of eggs..... collected 3 hen eggs yesterday along with the usual bantam and duck eggs. So hopefully their long drought of not laying eggs is over for a good many months.

I have also added a chat box to my blog, so please feel welcome to use it to ask a question or to say hello.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Animals And Your Health.

We often hear and read how animals can keep us healthy and live longer. After the hot windy day we had on Tuesday I picked a bunch of endive and went and visited the ducks & chooks.

I love spending time down in the duck run be it playing in the garden or just visiting the animals. Ducks and chooks have such wonderful natures and traits about them.

Nothing is nicer after being stuck inside, than going down and bonding with my little feathery gang. The ducks/chooks see Pat & I differently and they interact with both of us on different levels.

I have to chuckle as some of the smaller ducks are still a bit shy and want to eat from my hand, but just don't take that final step. I was thrilled as Twinner actually grabbed a couple of leaves from my hand.

Clancy, Paddles and Rhett are old hats at eating from my hands. Paddles was even nibbling at my fingers as I hung onto the endive.

The next day I recorded 10 mm of rain and not only have the ducks enjoyed the rain, the chooks have with relish been digging and scratching round in the duck run. Nothing like scratching round in damp soil and finding bugs to snack on. mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Water Rant.

Last night after tea and the dishes were done, Pat & I walked a couple of dozen duck eggs around to friends of ours. After a visit with them we walked home in the dark, enjoying the balmy night air.

It’s amazing what can be seen in the dark while out walking. It’s when all the water wasters come out and use their dripper systems or pop up sprinklers on their gardens, under the cloak of darkness.

How could we tell there were dripper systems or pop up sprinklers going on people’s gardens?

Easy… 1 yard had the dripper pipe across their drive way. Thing is the pipe had a hole in it and water was gushing into the air and running down the gutter past their neighbour’s houses. It was that strong, we looked to see if a pipe had busted on the footpath area.

I knocked on their door to let them know of the water waste, but no one was home. Couldn’t find a tap to switch it off either.

In another street there was water again running down the road from water running off a person’s garden.

Pat & I walk as much as we can and its not only night we see water wasted and laws ignored. Even in the middle of the day we have witnessed a woman washing down her cement with a hose…. A young woman watering her garden with a hose and also washing down her tin fence.

Hoses have been outlawed for a fair while now and middle of the day watering has been banned for 12 months or more.

These laws were brought in to help save not only river systems but also so we can still have drinking water. We may not agree with them, but we have to by law…obey them.

I am like thousands of other gardeners who cart buckets/watering cans around my garden to keep my passion alive. To see people openly or secretly under the covers of darkness defying the law, disheartens me.

Would they be the first to complain if they had no water to drink and wash in??

I feel better for my rant and I thank you for listening.

Until next time….hoo roo

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Lettuces & Spring Onions

Happy to report that the lettuce & spring onions were transplanted into their new area today. Well most of them were, still have some, that need a new area prepared. Or spread them out in the area they are in now. Need to think about this, as once the garlic is harvested, I want to add compost and sheep manure to the area and plant a summer crop in there.

Spring onions that need to be thinned out and transplanted. I am so proud of these little guys, as they are from seeds I have saved myself. Have to be a 3rd generation from my garden mrgreen so this makes the harvest of these a cheap food.

I have also potted on a pile of the spring onion seedlings for our good gardening friend Pepe and his wife. We are trading some spring onion for red cabbages. Now that is good gardening in my books.

Lots of lettuces and only had room to transplant the front group. Need to find an area for the other lettuce seedlings. Still need to move those 2 red loose leaf lettuces across to the new area. This will be done this evening, as its getting a bit warm outside for transplanting seedlings. Then I'll be watching this variety, as I want them to go to seed.

The area before it was prepared for spring onions on the left behind the comfrey and lettuces to the right behind the parsley. 1 cauli and 1 cabbage left over, to be left there until ready for harvest.

Lots of sheep manure laced with wool and straw was added a couple of weeks ago. Will make for the most delicious bed for the plants to grow in. All the loose bits of sheep wool will make a great water retention as well.

All finished and the bird netting over the area to keep the pesky birds off the young seedlings. I was going to take a photo of the plants in the ground, but not sure they would show up much. redface So figured I'd leave it a couple of weeks and give them some time to settle in and start to grow.

20 bunches of spring onions went in and 15 clusters of loose leaf red/green lettuces were transplanted . Very happy with the seedling count.biggrin

Back lawn is being mowed as I type this, Pat is feeling well enough to do it. So late this afternoon, I'll be mixing the lawn clippings in the compost bin.

Never ending is it question

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sowing Beans

This is soil from my no-dig area of the vegie patch. The egg plant didn't survive and so today I pulled the plant out and look what was underneath and mixed in between the roots.... worms.

The area that will be growing bush beans in this season.

With all the bird problems we tend to have, its automatic now to set up the bird netting to keep the birds out while the seeds are new in. The bamboo stakes are used to keep the poly pipe straighter underneath the bird netting.

Three rows ready for the beans to go in. Soil is moist and a sprinkling of blood & bone has been lightly mixed into the area.

All finished and ready for the beans to do their thing in the ground.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Looking For Banjo

This morning Pat and I walked around putting posters on poles, with information about Banjo. We are hoping that this may help to find her, if Banjo has dropped into someone's backyard.

Going to leave the posters up for 2 weeks and then do the right thing and remove them, if no luck or Banjo returns home. Nothing worse that posters up and no one bothers to return and remove them at a later date.

Even dropped a leaflet into a letter box, as the people have poultry, sheep & goats in their yard. Place is too big to just look at and see what is or isn't in the yard. I did knock on the door yesterday, but the lady doesn't speak much English.

While out walking the weather was warm and this made for some lovely flowering scents tickling our noses. Not sure what this tree is called, but there were a lot of them flowering along one of the roads we walked along.

Also notice the wattle trees are starting to yellow up as well. Yellow flowers are my favourite colour.

While walking home, near our street is a huge family of magpies, some days we can count 20 in the family gathering.

This little female was walking in front of us and so I snapped off some photos of her. Pat stayed back a distance, I followed her as she had food in her mouth.

It was interesting watching her bang the food on the footpath pavers and cement driveways. Hearing the thud, thud of what she had in her beak had us curious. She even thumped it on the tree trunk to try and open/break up what she had.

No such luck as it turned out to be a couple of little lamb bone pieces, joined together with some sinew.

"Hmm maybe I can get the car to back over the food and break it up"

"No one home, I'll try banging it on the cement boarder."

"Hey stop following me! Go find your own food"

"Okay looks like I'm gonna have to hide it."

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Worms And Warm Weather

Weather is warming up around Australia now, this means time to think about your little worm friends. idea

  • Are your farms clear of anything leaning against the farm, for ants to climb up and get into your farms question
  • Those dishes the legs are standing in.... still able to hold water or will they leak the minute water is poured in question
  • Do you need to put new newspaper into the feeding tray, if you do...make the sheets thicker and they won't dry out as quick idea
  • Do you need to increase the food in your farms, now the worms are more active question

Also if your new to worm farming, check to see that your farms aren't going to over heat where you have them setup. Yo may need to move them to another area in your garden, to keep them cooler and not in the afternoon sun.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007


Such a nice day outside today, I set Cadbury & Flossy up on the lawn in their little bunny runs. As the green hutch hadn't been used over the winter months, it needed a good clean out.

This not so little red back spider had been very busy over the winter months. Three egg sacks and a litter of dried out crickets were found with her in the housing area of the hutch.

Until next time....hoo roo

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