Monday, May 31, 2010

Fence news

Well the new fence is half done.  It is great to see that rickety old fence gone.  I will get some new photos shortly and put them in the slide show!



Sunday, May 30, 2010

More rain

We have had excellent rain over night and the plants are showing steady growth considering that Winter is only 2 days away.  Despite the poor weather Henry and I need to spend some garden time this afternoon preparing for the new fence tomorrow.



Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rain & fencing

We have had two days of good rain and although this means that I haven't been able to get into the garden today it is marvelous for the plants.  The new fence is due to put in on Monday (weather permitting) they are actually dropping all of the wood off right now.  The new fence will make a big difference to the yard and will mean that I can really get the layout for the yard finalised.

More soon


Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Well the fence replacement is booked in and on its way.  The whole dodgy side fence is going to be replaced on the 31st of May.  I will put some photos up in the slide show when they arrive :)



Monday, May 24, 2010

No termites! Woo Hoo

Today I had the termite inspection done!  And it looks okay.  The areas on the back fence which I thought looked a little on the dodgy side were in fact the result of bog standard wood rot and not our little hungry friends.  I also have some wood rot on a small section of the house too, so Henry and I are going to have to get about half a dozen boards replaced, but it is still better than having termites.  It also means that I don't have to worry about replacing all the wooden garden edging with metal or plastic so I am very pleased about that.

It is threatening to rain here today so fingers crossed on that.  The less watering I need to do from the mains the better.

Catch you tomorrow


Sunday, May 23, 2010


Today I am clearing the side garden by the fence.  This has been an on-going task as the English Ivy has been a real pain to remove.  I am hoping to the get the fence fixed in a couple of weeks, and then the deck so it is all systems go!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Boots

I couldn't resist buying some new galoshes (see photo below).  Hopefully they will help my plants grow :). I planted some radish and spinach seeds today - fingers crossed that it isn't too late in the season.



Thursday, May 20, 2010

More on the background

When I started working on the garden, my first task was to clean behind the shed.  As you can see from the photos in the slide show, the back and the side of the shed was full of rubbish, rocks, leaves and English Ivy growing on the fence.  After a hard morning's work I cleared it out.  I am keeping the rocks to create a rock wall in front of the shed (a job to be done once the fence is replaced), and I used the treated pine posts to create the border garden bed along the back fence. The big surprise was that I uncovered a brick path which went right around the back of the shed.  I was very pleased because this meant one less job for me.

The next step was to hack out the bamboo.  I am keeping a couple of pieces to put in three tall pots for the deck.

More to come...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New seeds!

My first parcel from the "Digger's Club" arrived today.  The "Digger's Club" is an organic gardening/seed bank/plant club which services Australia and New Zealand.  Today's parcel was my seeds and plant labels.  I can sow some seeds now, before the winter starts and the rest have to wait until Spring.  I have nasturtiums, zucchini, eggplant, leeks, peas, spinach, chives and radish.  Wish me luck.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Photo update

I am in the process of updating my photos on Flickr.  I am hoping to set up some slide shows showing the progress so far.  Okay it is not significant progress but it represents three months work and I need to keep reminding myself that it is moving forward.

More to come!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I started working on my kitchen garden some time ago.  I have photos from the last 3 months, but the first stage occurred in November 2009.  I haven't worked out how to load in my photos yet - so I guess that this is a job for the week.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, and have done from the last 5 years.  I think that this counts as a "temperate" climate zone.  Prior to this I lived in Brisbane, Australia, which is a subtropical zone.  The garden used to look like a jungle and was a combination of native wattle trees, a silver birch (planted right on the fence line and over the sewerage outlet - no kidding) and loads of tropical plants.  The previous owners had grown English Ivy along the length of a side fence - needless to say the fence is destroyed, and the Ivy managed to strangle and kill most of the native plants.

November last year I called in a tree service to remove all of the dead trees and stumps.  Go Taylors Trees by the way - great job.  But then the backyard looked like a lunar landscape.  After the Christmas break my partner and I decided to go for a kitchen garden look.  My partner Henry is an academic and most of his spare time is spent researching or marking student work, so the garden became my domain.  With full time work, my share of domestic duties, and socialising and family obligation, I get about 2 hours a week in the garden.

So with all that in mind the plan is to have the side fence fixed, deck repaired (another story), termite damaged boards replaced (don't ask), house painted (I am going to have to sell a kidney at this rate) and garden completed, established and beautiful by March 2011, in time for Henry to hold a function for international guests as part of a conference.

So join me on my journey.  I will try to keep it as interesting as possible, and I am going to need advice as I go - this is my first real garden!

Catch up soon - this week I will try to sort the photos and fill you in on the story so far