Wednesday, January 08, 2014

First day of Gardening for 2014

Tuesday was our first chance to get in the garden.  It's looking very happy despite some very hot days.

We weeded, harvested, planted & made new beds......

A snapshot of our main garden plot....

Painted mountain heirloom corn
One of our small mixed guilds. Planted a few weeks ago.
Kim watering in the new laid beds.
Tomato,eggplant and capsicum bed.  there is also 2 brocoli's in there....
 Two tone corn....
 Snake beans.  These are surprising nice, i thought they would be tough but I ate one fresh and it was crisp andv ery green tasting but not as beany as some.  it also cooked up really well....
 Rattlesnake beans.
Royce preparing a new bed.

 New tomato bean & herb bed by the pool.

 Rhubarb flower.

 A few more of mixed  guild beds.

 Newly planted bed with zucchini, rhubarb, beans & herbs.
 Our harvest, very happy....
The onion bed was so over run with grasses that we pulled the lot up and plan to move the chooks here to work the soil for us.
 Carrots were int eh bed next to the onions and as we were moving the chooks down we have to harvest these too or the chooks will get to them.

 Our potato bushes started dying so I have been harvesting a potatoes as i need them for dinner.
 A few of our heirloom tomatoes.  AS these were bought as a mixed pack we are not sure which these are.  We are thinking perhaps Pink blush and valentine.
 The leeks had to be harvested as one started to bolt and we have learned from experience that once one bolts they will all bolt.
 As Royce lives in the granny flat across the driveway I made up a basket of veg for him & Kim.  He made a pot of leek & potato soup.....

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

September to end of year in Photos

Things got very busy in the later half of the year and blogging got left behind, here is what the rest of the year looked like.

September.  A little bit of harvesting but mostly getting gardens together.  A nice surprise visit form nephew from WA and a fathers day celebration.

October is where things got tricky - School reunion, son had major operation that went a little awry but we still managed to get some gardening and harvesting in.....

November passed in a blur as son was still recuporating not much gardening got done.  We did however harvest some baby kipfler spuds and made the most amazing warm potato salad with them, yummm. Both Haylee & Royce had weddings to attend.

 December was all about getting ready for Christmas.  John finally had his grandfathers old car on the road after many years of restoring and I made cheese for the very first time.....

I hope you all have a safe and blessed 2014.....

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Preparing for Spring planting

On Thursday Royce & I spent some time in the garden preparing  a few things for our spring planting. 
The first thing we did was build a domed enclosure that will be covered in chicken wire to use either to keep chicken on a bed or off that bed.  We also plan to cover it in plastic if needed to make a greenhouse. The girls had to check it out while we were working.  The bottom left hand corner is the run we made last month, we added a wire roof to use for the last of our winter seedlings.
 Said enclosure in use on our most rested bed, two of our girls needed to check it out.  This bed has the last of the winter lettuce, kale, leaf beets and leeks.
Our girls hard at work. The cage is where we lock them up at night and they all fit inside Russell the converted dog kennel.

We also have sewed a variety of herbs and vegies in polystyrene boxes and have put them in the small greenhouse until it warms up a bit.  This way when we are ready for spring planting they are ready to go.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last day of July in the garden

Royce & I did a lot of work in the garden today.  We built a chicken run, tidied up the yard, dug through a couple of gardens to encourage the chickens, covered one bed, clean out the garden shed.
The horseshoe is one of the only places we are growing at the moment, apart from the herb bed..  We have leek, beets, rhubarb, lettuce, comfrey, lemon sorrel, broad beans, lemongrass and a few artichokes (out of season but we will see how they go) growing  in there.
Russell the converted dog kennel is now ready to be used to house some of the girls at night so they can permanently live in the vegies patch till early spring.  We have also made a small run to use in conjunction with Russel until they get use to him as their home for the night.

You can see how much work they have already done  in the bottom right photo. 
Herb garden is looking very happy.....

Monday, July 29, 2013

July in the garden.

Not much is happening in the main vegie plot so we have moved the animals in to help us clear it and work the soil for us.

Garfunkel & U2 (Joy) above and below with Buddy the goat and a few of our older girls
We have 10 new chickens to help in this huge task.

One of the joys of waking up early to let the girls out of their shed is that I get to enjoy beautiful sunrises such as the first and last photo.

Monday, June 10, 2013

May's UFO finish and first finish for June

Very late to post this ....... I have had the rows for this wall hanging since the end of 2006, it was a row X row round robin organised at the Craft Forum.  I wasn't sure how to fit the rows together so it sat for many years until a friend helped me decide what rows would work for the space I had, there are another 3 rows that would just have made this too large for a wall hanging.  I sewed it together in 2011 and then it sat until I found time to quilt, bind and finish it.  which as you can see I have now done. It hangs proudly in our bedroom.  One of the other rows is being made into a table runner the other two possibly cushions, haven't decided yet.

 My first UFO finish for June is a Janelle Wind Frilly Dilly bag without the frills.  I love the shape of the bag but didn't want the frills so I decided to raw edge applique a flower on the front.  This has been waiting to be finished for over 2 years.  So pleased to have the Friday night sewing with friends group to encourage me to get some sewing done.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Preparing our winter garden

To prepare for our winter planting Royce & I have extended our horse shoe garden which was really were it all began, When we first moved here 8 years go we inherited a parsley bed over, time we cleared the parsley out and I planted my first crop of tomatoes just up from where you can we our bean structure in the top right photo. it then just kept being extended to be our herb plot, then we decided to make it our perennial garden.  But as our main plot needs resting this winter we decided to grow our winter crop over here.  The small bed near the pool fence is where our garlic will grow this year.
This is what our main plot looks like at the moment, a bit of a mess as we ready it for the girls to come down and work the soil for us.

Our celery is the only thing still growing in the main plot and we willcover it when the girls visit to protect it from them


Above is our nursery where we start our sewing polystyrene boxes, then once they are seedlings we transplant them into larger boxes that have been lined with milk bottles.  Once these are more established they get moved to garden beds.  the milk bottle stay on for cloches until the plant has established it self into the garden.

 Our herb bed is doing very well.  we have in the last few weeks finally put a border around it and this has help incredibly with keeping the lawn out of the garden. Here you can see some of the milk bottle still be used as cloches for lettuce.

 This bed is our winter beetroot, sugar beet, leeks, spring onions and Asian greens.  Royce had great success last time he sprouted them under planks of wood so we are giving it another shot.
To tidy up the garden we had to harvest quite a lot, here is the last of our kohl rabi, cerliac, spring onions and 3 bunches of celery.

We chopped half of that up added a few veg from the fridge and made a HUGE pot of vegie stock, which has since been turned into many meals for freezer.

we also harvested quite a lot of rhubarb a few weeks ago that I turned into the yummiest compote to have with my yoghurt for breakfast. I chopped it up, added the zest and juice of one orange and baked it for 30 minutes then added a punnet of quartered strawberries and cooked for a further ten minutes.

so that's what is happening in our garden and kitchen, what is happening in yours?