Archive for May, 2013

In which I create a war zone in the strawberry patch

I’ve been busy in the garden. Our evening meal has been late twice this week, and no folding has been done, but the strawberry patch has been, well, decimated. I’m encouraged by the fact that I did the same thing last year and we got heaps of strawberries, but the current state is not great.What looked like single plants had turned into clusters of 3 or more (up to 12) plants. Master 10 (the Aunty Collector) and I had a good chat while we separated plants, and potted up the extras. I’m already all out of small pots, so I’m on the scrounge for more for the last 20 or so of the extras.

Before – looking somewhat orderly

After-can you even spot the strawberry plants?

After-can you even spot the strawberry plants?

In other sad news, one of the lamb triplets has died. She wasn’t thriving and our attempts to bottle feed her were unsuccessful. We couldn’t get her to suck on the bottle, and mum wasn’t standing still long enough for her to get a drink. The other 2 are going super well though, and playing all over the place.

In which I consult the experts

I’m hoping for some help in choosing a photo. Which do you like? I’ve got a few likely contenders at the bottom of today’s post.Meanwhile, I’ve been reading…

My go-to expert when it comes to my garden is Peter Cundall. One of my favourite books by him  is “The Practical Australian Gardener”.  This is where I head when I’m not sure what to do next. I’ve never read the pages for February and March when I’m too busy bottling to read, but May often gets looked at.

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Here’s what Peter thinks I should be doing now. There’s more there, but this is the to do list for this month for me. Nothing has been done this weekend, as we’ve had a busy weekend entertaining friends. Maybe this afternoon.

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Not really in focus, is it? I’ll try a different way next time.

We have been busy raking. Next weekend will probably be the last big family rake. Here’s the kids, taking the leaves down to the compost pile. Note that one child is already showing signs of being management material, rather than an actual worker!IMGP3109

Finally, I need to choose a photo for the brochure. Which one do you think I should go with?

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In which I take stock (the current state of affairs)

Things are ticking over in our garden. I’ve been outside today, tidying up a little, and taking some photos. We’re in the middle of the Autumn leaf drop, so raking is keeping the whole family busy (we even have a family set of rakes!) So, in pictures, here’s what’s hot, what’s not, and a to do list for the next few days. To keep myself accountable, I’ll not blog again until I’ve emptied that trailer pictured at the bottom.

Firstly, what’s hot…

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autumn colour in the front yard

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Our beautiful and vocally gifted rooster

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One of our summer pumpkins ready to pick

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triplets!

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the children’s rose – smells like lychees

What’s Not!!!

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my terrible, terrible axe skills – 50 000 hits, and not one in the same place. When this log splits, it will be into toothpicks!

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The pile of wood still to be dealt with

Finally, the to do list…

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The soon to be paths around one set of vegetable beds.

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Prune the asparagus – Is it too early?

In which I bite off more than I can chew, and chew like crazy (Open Garden)

It’s official! We have agreed to open our garden on October 27th for the local garden festival. Our garden will be in the “Food Garden” category and most definitely not the “most beautiful garden” group. 

I’ve decided to blog the lead up to the day in order to keep me accountable, and to keep me on task as I prepare. I love my garden. I often struggle to see the beauty and not the weeds, but it makes me so happy to provide food for my family and friends, and to follow the seasons. 

Moving from the other side of the country, I’ve had 8 years to learn the rhythm of this cooler climate and to enjoy growing raspberries and other treasures that didn’t survive the heat of Western Australia. The amount of food we produce varies throughout the year; in the good months we eat almost entirely from the garden, and in between times, I’m glad we live near the shops, or it would be all lamb and pumpkin.

Over the next little while, I’ll add photos of the garden, and get started on getting things in shape!