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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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Lucky's Tip Of The Day.

Last night I thought I would see who or what is eating my corn.
So down to the vegie garden with a torch I went.
Couldn't quite see where I was standing, so I stepped in closer.

I had the nectarine tree brushing my face,
Chilli plant gently brushing my bare leg.....
Or was it??

Shit!!! Spider web!!!
Can't stand spider webs, spiders walking on me I don't mind.
But a web on me....no way!

So I back peddled, feeling the web sticking to my bare leg.
I shine the torch down to see what and where the web is.

Big arse spider wasn't happy I was wreaking his/her web.
Either that, or having a torch shone in their eyes.

Once I had stopped my ritual dance and was web free,
I had a look and gee what a beautiful spider.

Even dragged poor Pat out for a look. Come see, come see... I was yelling.
Wonder the neighbours all didn't some for a look.

Lucky's Tip For The Day.

Don't go out in the dark and climb through your vegie patch,
never know who you may meet!

Until next time..... Shit happens when ya party naked.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Ben

In my last post I showed you the yummy tomato and how I am sharing with a rat, I am going to call "Ben".

I was willing to turn a blind eye, not now though, as I think I am being conned.





The little blighter (for a better word) is now snacking on the corn crop. Some of the ears have been stripped and just the empty cob is left.

This means war!!!! I've harvested the ripe ones and have popped some rat sack in the corn and tomato areas. I am going to invest in a rat trap and remove the rat sack on payday. The rat sack isn't sitting well with me, as I am worries about other animals. Also its a bit harsh of a death.....for the little bugger.

Thinking happy thoughts!!!!!




Snow Gold is the variety and we had our first feed tonight and boy no wonder the (you know who) is hopping into them. Corn is sweet as and oh so yummy.

Also I have been harvesting a bumper crop of beans.




More so the Blue Lake bean variety, but there is also some King Purple and Butter beans in today's harvest. Weighing in at 754 gram, I'm getting a lovely supply in the freezer.


Until next time....hoo roo


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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Late last year I had come to the conclusion my tomatoes had been mislabeled and I wasn't growing the Black Russian variety.

I am so happy to report I was wrong.





Second tomato for the season. First one was attacked by what I am guessing was a rat, as only 1 full side had been eaten away. Not a pecked hole like a bird tends to do.






Saved this one before it was eaten too much.



Yes I did cut the chewed bit off and the tomato was very yummy on our toast for breakfast yesterday.

So each day I am out checking for any newly starting to ripen fruits and bringing them inside. With the floods in Australia and talk of food sky rocketing.......its either us or the rat, that is going to be eating fresh organic food from our garden and I can tell you the rat isn't going to be the one.

Until next time....hoo roo


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