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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Rostered Day Off

Cold Frosty Mornings
Every two weeks I have a Rostered Day Off, due to working nine hour days and this normally means I get to do big jobs in the garden, well two hours as opposed to my normal half hour a week. No matter how I try and convince people, growing vegetables is not hard work....
Pulled up three cauliflowers, and in one bed added three new layers.
  1. Newspaper
  2. Mushroom compost
  3. Leaf Litter

I have decided to use the abundance left by my neighbour after she cleaned her gutters insted of pea straw, it breaks down quicker and is more sustainable, as the transport involves me filling up a bucket and moving it to the bed, and importantly the plants seem to thrive on it. I should of taken pictures as I was going but I didnt, so here is the finished article.

Between the mushroom compost layer and the leaves is my drip irrigation, fed from the wheelie bin, that is fed from my washing machine.

The rest of the garden is showing signs of spring, which is hopefull, even though this morning it is very frosty. The nectarine tree is blossoming which is always joyfull. Growing up in the UK, the cherry blossom brought hope that winter was coming to an end and that the days would get longer and sunnier.

The peas our starting to show, I bit the bullet and put down low toxicity snail bait, high in iron rather than the toxic methyhydrate that kills birds, possums and the local cats (although I did catch a large grey cat staring at my girls one day so one more dead cat would be no loss). Also grwoing them in a hanging basket should put them off.

Last week here in Geelong we had a large amount of rain, so everything is BURSTING out of it's seams. About to get the third crop of broccoli off these plants. After a lot of rain I like to give my plants a big drink of seaweed and they love it.

Notice the drip line


Ali H said...

Congratulations, your garden looks like it's doing beautifully! Your nectarine blossoms especially are lovely.

Can I ask why you don't grow tomatoes in your own backyard? I'm new to your blog so if you've explained it before forgive me. I am wondering if I'm being silly, trying to grow tomatoes in my massively shady yard, but somehow I am convincing myself that it's worth trying to grow some in any sunny patch I can find out there.

I agree that growing vegetables isn't really very much work, although I find that setting up a space to grow vegetables can be quite a lot of work- once the systems are all going it's dead easy, but there's definitely time involved in setting up beds, improving soil condition, and getting to know a new place to grow. Fortunately all of that comes under my heading of 'fun' so it doesn't really feel like work.

lilyflax said...

I am growing 20 varietys of tomato from seed at work in teh green houses and they will be coming home at teh end of the month, as I have the amazing facilitys availible why not use them, and it is still to cold and they are not big enough to put them out yet. I plan to graft tomatoes and eggplant this year. Last year I only grew 3 types and am still eating the produce. Vegetables only need 6 hours of sunlight, and in the summer morning sun is best as otherwise the tomatoes get sunburn, mine did last year on our 40 + days