Monday, May 10, 2010

Broccoli & Cauliflower

Today's effort was not a big one, as the north winds picked up and it was not nice out in the garden. But I did get to transplant out into one part of the no-dig garden, cauliflower and broccoli seedlings.




A before shot of the area I wanted to use for the caulies and broccoli. Love my no-dig garden as its removed part of the lawn and the weeds pulled up so easy. After the weeds were removed I ran the 3 prong hoe through the soil and then added a bag of sheep manure.





Lovely healthy looking seedling.



All done and finished. I use the bird netting to keep cabbage moths off the leaves, where they just love to lay their eggs.

Tomorrow is sewing group for the morning, so no gardening tomorrow.

Next on my list is to plant out the cabbages and muck out the chook house on Wednesday.

Bit of rain is forecast overnight tonight.... we'll see.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Lettuce & Silverbeet

Waking up yesterday to an alarm at 6 am and getting the newlyweds and Pa off to the airport (at 2 different times in the morning), then chasing some house work and putting furniture back where it goes. There wasn't much time left in the day for seeing if my gardening Mojo was still lerking inside me.

That's okay...... today was a better day with more time for me and my garden.

My day today started with a Mother's Day cooked breakfast outside cooked by Pat. Animals were then all fed and cleaned out if needed. Also I washed some floors and clean some of the rooms that needed a good going over. Yes even on Mother's Day some mums still do their regular things.


James rang to say he was bringing lunch around for us as a Mother's Day gift...... that was really nice, sitting out the back with our son, chilling and enjoying the beautiful autumn day.

Once James headed off I was able to see about planting out some of those seedlings the fellas went and picked out for me.




Having spring onions and basil still going strong in this area, I figured the loose leaf lettuce mix would go nicely here at the front and to the left the silverbeet.




After removing the weeds and give the soil a bit of forking over, a bag of sheep manure was in need. This will break down and feed the plants and soil over the coming season.




Not big on the heart variety of lettuces. Though I do now and then plant out a punnet in the cooler months towards spring. No good in the summer as they tend to boil in the heatwaves. Also Pat & I are prefer this variety with rocket and endive thrown in to make a great green tossed salad.



Lots of little silverbeet seedlings. More than what I was thinking I would get in the punnet. This leafy green is grown more so for the animals than for us to eat.

Tomorrow I want to plant out the broccoli, cauli in 1 area and the cabbage in another. These will have bird netting over them, to keep the cabbage moths off the leaves and prevent them leaving eggs on the plants.

Feels good to be sitting here telling you about my day, smelling like I have had a good play out in my garden. Also to think another part of my garden isn't sitting there, but being put to good use.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Friday, May 07, 2010

Talking Dirty.

This morning I was all set to go to Bunnings with Pat & Pa, when Amy rang and asked if I wanted to go to a shopping centre with her. As the kids are off on their honeymoon tomorrow morning and I won't see her for Mother's Day (first time ever sad ), the choice was easy to make and off with Amy I went.

The two lads were sent to Bunnings with a list of gear to buy. After lunch out the back I decided instead of planting the seedlings today, I need to sort out the compost bay first. Figured the compost needed attention before I started sorting out areas for the seedlings and seeds.






Love my open bays, I got the 3 pallets from one of Amy's friends in a trade, for helping to start them off with worms for their first farm. I've had this system running now for about roughly 3 years, I think.

Compost has dropped heaps over the months, but with my mojo off at some holiday resort its been neglected.





About half way through, I thought I was gonna fall over..... I am so unfit. Once I would turn all compost every weekend. Never missed a beat turning and enjoying the composting results. Gee whiz.............. I thought my back was going to go on strike.

Didn't help not cutting up last season's broad bean stalks. That will teach me to be lazy and throw them on the compost in a heap.

Stopped for a glass of diet coke and a garden chat with Pa. He's the one that showed me how rewarding growing one's own vegies could be. Was always raiding his vegie patch when we both lived in Whyalla. Love sitting out the back and talking gardening talk with him.





One empty and clean area , towards the end I was using the shovel as all the broad bean stalks were now transferred over to the other bay.





Still not the best compost, the moist compost has been mixed with the dry mix. Thinking once we have some more rain, I'll throw it all back into the empty bay. That should mix the compost nicely and by then I'll have cleaned out the chook shed. Nothing like chicken bedding laced with manure to help heat up a compost heap.

So that is my mojo exercise for today. Feel good for it and thrilled I didn't listen to my soft sookie body as it screamed...... stop!!!!!!

Have to show you this, my lemon tree.




Baby lemons on my lemonade tree. Been hanging out for the tree to flower this year and now its starting. Found more flowers forming and getting ready to flower too. So excited about the find.

Now lets see what the lads bought at Bunnings. They enjoyed the trip and as Pa doesn't have his garden like he used to (only a few pots now in his unit) I was pleased to hear they had fun.





This wasn't only the list....lol

But I don't care!! Nothing makes me happier around Mother's day like pots of beautiful chrysanthemums. This pot is from all the feathery ones, cats and rabbits for Mother's day. How sweet is that??





Seedlings for the first planting.... caulies, broccoli, cabbage, silverbeet and mixed lettuce. These will be planted out tomorrow afternoon once Amy & Ben are on their plane and Pa is on his too.

Pat will take the kids in the morning about 7 am and I'll stay home with Pa. Then we take Pa in for his flight mid morning.



I wanted some rocket seeds, love these in a lettuce mix. Purple carrots were not on my list...lol

So this was my first day taking back my mojo back in a big way. Gee I feel so good for it.

Until next time....hoo roo


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Thursday, May 06, 2010

About My Mojo

How's your Mojo going gardening wise??? Mine is somewhere back a few years before the drought, water restrictions and heat waves. Also with a bad leg/ankle that was told to keep it elevated and to cut back my gardening and walking by a doctor (I don't go to him anymore wink )

Well today is the day, I start to claim my gardening Mojo back.

Each day I am going to go out and Mojo around my vegie patch and each day I do this I'm going to post what I did here. So if your Mojo for the garden is lost..join me in finding our Mojos and getting back into the garden again.

I do have vegies growing out in my backyard, just not like I used to. I was well known for growing plants close together and getting a high yield of food from them.

Turned my compost every weekend..... it was good for my health and great exercise.

Now its just caring for my animals and running the "patch" at about 25%.....but not anymore!!!

Lets take a look at my little "mojo effort" for today.





Blue Lake beans harvested and now in my freezer. I love beans more than peas. I have a small harvest building up in the freezer. A lot of flowers blossomed but didn't set. I had bees in my garden, so I am wondering if it was the humid days we were having here in Adelaide.




This capsicum plant is a "Sweet Momma" and it's a left over from the 2008/2009 summer season. Beaut little size, as Pat's tummy can't cope with capsicums now. So just the right size for me in a hot meal or as a salad.




Check the pepino vine out. Look at that fruit...... HUGE!!




More in amongst the leaves..... going to be a great crop.

So there you have it...some of my vegies and fruits growing in my little vegie patch. Stay tuned for tomorrow's mojo update.

Until then....hoo roo

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