Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas 2011



Well Christmas is certainly getting close.  I haven't had much time for the garden and frankly it is all a little out of control. I am hoping that I will get to put some real time into it when I am on Christmas leave. On the positive side, there are loads of salad vegetables for Christmas day, and the Summer flowers are looking wonderful. I have even made our Christmas Wreath out of rosemary - I must try and get a photo for the site.

Anyway I better go - I don't expect to add another post before the Christmas weekend, so if I don't post before then - Have a wonderful and safe Christmas and I will be in touch in the New Year
Sarah

Saturday, December 10, 2011

December update

Just a quick update folks - the silly season is demanding a lot of my attention so the weeds are having a bit of a free go at the garden and I plants are growing out of control.  Still getting plenty of tomatoes and salad veg, but am disappointed to say that Mr Possum has helped himself to my strawberries and apples.  I have one apple left.  Cheeky sod.

Better go  - presents to wrap.

Love

Sarah

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December and Christmas is nearly here

Hi All

I am afraid that I am not going to be able to get my weekly posts up this month, what with all of the Christmas celebrations and alike.  But I will try and put in at least another update.  Well the garden is going well, I have my first tomatoes of the season, the zucchini are starting to flourish, and I have salad vegetables to feed a family of 15.  The apples are growing well, and I will have raspberries before I know it.  I am hoping to make a christmas wreath out of rosemary so if it works I will post a photo.

Anyway got to dash.

Sarah

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Still more rain

Some must think that I am just copying the previous week's post and re-entering it!  After a relatively dry week we have had solid rain all day.  Fantastic for the garden but it does mean that I lose a day of my weekend.  I am hoping to get the garden in top shape for our Christmas BBQ lunch on the 17th - fingers crossed for at least a few clear days before then. I hope that other places in the country get some decent rain soon.  There have been dreadful bushfires in WA and my friend from Brisbane says that it has barely rained all month - certainly don't want the return of drought conditions this soon. Anyway back to looking at the window.
Cheers
Sarah

PS Thanks for the comments and traffic on the site

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Post rain growth

Apples developing

  
Well the rain has barely let up, which has been great for the plants I want and really great for the weeds.  On the plus side, the tomatoes are doing brilliantly and the Romas are already starting to fruit, the lettuce/greens will be ready to start picking within the week, the blue berry has tripled in size, the raspberry has behaved itself and remained the same, and the zucchinis are now well established. Also the apples are forming nicely.  When they are ready to pick I will add a section to the fruit and veg page showing the stages of development.  I also finally got around to pulling up the garlic and potatoes - I will have a glut of these things until after the New Year (still worse things to have a glut of).  Hopefully I will get some more landscaping down next weekend.  

Until next time

Sarah

Roma Tomatoes
Harvest



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spring

 Well we are another week closer to the end of the year and the variable Spring weather has seen a range of wind, rain and plenty of sunshine.  Needless to say everything is growing faster than I can keep up with.  The tomatoes (cherry tomatoes) are showing early growth and the apples are forming happily on the branches.  With any luck I can get to work on the decking area in front of the shed (needs digging out an inch or two and then leveling out so that I can put down the wood), and have some time to move some of those annoying weeds from near the deck.
More next week
Sarah


Sunday, November 6, 2011

November activity

I can't believe that we are this close to Christmas already!  I still have so much to do in the yard.  Things have certainly progressed significantly from this time last year but there is always more to do.  The summer veg is coming on and I even have some cherry tomatoes showing coming on.  Before I know it there will be tomatoes, basil, zucchini, eggplant and raspberries in abundance.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spring Rain

Half way through Spring and the rain has been plentiful.  This is great from a water conservation point of view but not so great from a gardening and landscaping point of view.  Still it will all get done in the end.  On the produce front, strawberry season is in full swing - which is just as well because the ones in the shop are horrible and go soggy and mouldy within about two days.

I was recently asked why I don't grow cucumbers, squash or carrots.  I have never grown cucumbers because during the years of drought I thought that they were too water needy to put in - and now I just don't have the room.  I really like carrots but I just don't have the room, and I think that my soil is a little heavy on the fertiliser to get good one.  And I just don't like squash.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Spring Rain


Well we have had a wonderful week - great weather, warm temperatures and lots of growth in the garden. The lovely weather has resulted in a rainy Saturday though, so I haven't been able to get out there today.  Should be good tomorrow.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spring Update

After a rather cold week we have a wonderful weekend ahead of us.  I took advantage of the sun this morning and completed some of my Spring chores - oiling the deck, clearing out the garden beds, and planting in some greens for the Summer.  I am very pleased to see flowers on my apple trees, so with any luck there will be apples in the Autumn.  

Cheers,  Sarah

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October already!

Well we are getting to the pointy end of the year and I still have loads to do.  The constant rain of the last fortnight has meant that  have not yet oiled the deck, finished painting the back fence, and worst of all my cabbages have been infested by cabbage months - well their sneaky little off spring at any rate, but it means that I only have two cabbages left.  The brocollini is almost finished - probably one more week of that.  My zucchini seedlings don't appear to have it through the week either - I am not sure if they will recover from the slug attack
Coriander

On a positive note, the peas (and the sweet peas) are making a move skyward, the tomatoes are doing well despite the inconsistent weather, and the eggplant seedlings seem to be happy.  The flowers and bulbs are still looking wonderful. Plenty to look forward to as the weather warms up!

Not much in the way of Blog news - a few tweaks here and there, but I am getting close to the final format.  There will be ongoing additions to the other pages, so be sure to check regularly (and I will let you know in my post).

Have a great week!
Sarah

Sunday, October 2, 2011

More wonderful Spring growth! And a little more work on the Blog design

Well I am still working on the blog design but hopefully it is looking a little better every week.

We have had loads of rain here and the Spring garden is really coming on - The cabbage and broccolini are finally showing some life, the new seedlings are doing well and the bulbs are simply lovely.
New Cabbage

Bulbs in bloom

Egg Plant Seedlings

Everything smells wonderful too - the Rosemary, Lemon Thyme and even the pineapple sage is putting in an effort.  The apples and cherry have started flowering too so I am hoping to see some fruit this summer and autumn.

More soon

Sarah

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More lovely Spring weather

Well we have had some great Spring weekend weather in Melbourne and the plants are very happy indeed.  I have got my seedlings on the go for my early tomatoes, zucchini and egg plant and am hoping for some bumper crops into the Summer.

The landscape work is slowly evolving - more fence painting out of the way, bark laid, and some work on the side garden.

The Blog is still a work in progress - a little each week and it will get there - just like the garden :)  The comments section should be working now, so feel free to make comments, ask questions or include a link to your blog.  Have a "silly question" and don't want to make it public - then email me at sarah_mod@yahoo.com.au with the title "Blog Question" and I will try and help out.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September Site Update

Well I must admit that I have been a bit of a bad egg and haven't completed my site updates in the time I specified.  I will keep working on it though.

The garden is taking on a life of its own with the promise of Spring in the air.  We have almost finished painting the fence too!.  I have two tomato plants on the go already, but at this time of year I need to get cracking on the Summer seedlings.  I am only going to add tomatoes, basil, eggplant and zucchini, but I have to make a start or they will be going in the ground quite late in the season.

More soon

Thanks for you patience

Sarah

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The update is still underway

Hi all

For those who regularly look at the blog you will see that I have made some progress with my page updates, and equally you will see that I have stacks of work yet to do.  I am hoping to get some more design work done tomorrow afternoon.

On the garden front - the start of Spring (3 days in) has been wonderful and the weather has been lovely and warm.  All of my plants are doing well, aside from the lemon thyme which has died a sad death.  I will get a new one soon.

Better dash and actually do some practical work on the page so I can get back to providing some more useful updates which are actually about plants and landscaping.

More soon

Sarah

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The new look blog - still a work in progress

Hi all

You will notice some changes so far - plenty more to come.  It should be all ready to go in about 3 weeks.

Thanks for hanging in there and feel free to look around!

Cheers

Sarah

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A new look blog coming your way soon!

Okay folks I am about to start redesigning this blog.  Now this will take about a month as I have absolutely loads on in August and don't get much time during the week to get on the computer.  More importantly I am not much good with the technical side of things so it will take me a while to get it right.  I am looking at setting up a more general home page, with links from the front page to other sections.  I am going to put all of the diary style entries into an archive page, have a dedicated page for the garden design work and a photographic progress history and a general page on the fruit and veg I grow.  The front page will have a "Tight-arse Tip", flower of the fortnight, Garden pests and problems and a weekly update.

Anyway all big plans

See you soon

Sarah

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July - 5

Well it is the last day of July and after a month of rain we have a day of sunshine.  I have finished painting the shed at last and have finished the small boardwalk around the side of the house.  I have also oiled the edges of the deck - but still have the surface and furniture to do.  I am getting loads done and hoping that the slightly warmer weather will mean good growth for the plants.  There should be new photos in the slide show too.

Future blog plans:
1 page for plants and produce
1 page for landscape work
A photo log with one from each month since I started to show the progress

I have no idea how long it will take me to set that up :)

More soon

Sarah

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July - 4

Well I got some good work done yesterday - finished painting the side fence, put down some bark around the finished board walk, harvested the potatoes and did some weeding.  I was really hoping to finish some more landscaping and painting today but the rain is way to heavy.

More soon - and I am planning to add a month by month sequence of photos at the base of the page.

More soon

Sarah

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July - 3

Half way through winter already and we have had some really hard frosts here.  My greens are doing well as always but I haven't had much life from the cabbages and broccoli yet - although I must admit that the Broccolini is starting to look a bit happier.  I have set in the trellis for the berries and have almost finished painting the side fence.  I have finished off the garden edges and hopefully you will be able to notice a big difference in the end of month photos.

On a more practical note I have finally found a brand of garden gloves I really like - they are the Pope brand.  I think that Pope mainly do hose fittings and alike but the gloves are great.  Better go close up the shed - it is about to rain again.

See you soon

Sarah

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July -2

Another week has flown by already!  Well I have managed to get a bit more of that fence painted, put up another apple trellis, planted some more seed, reset the retaining wall and started work on the ramp up into the garden area.  The greens are doing well and producing plenty of salad, and there are still loads of potatoes coming but aside from that not much else doing on the winter veg yet.  I am really hoping that you will notice a big difference in the yard when I post more photos at the end of the month.

Catch up soon

Sarah

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July -1

I can't believe that we are into July already.  I have had some success with the veg but my spinach seems to have failed.  I will try and put in another set of seeds and hopefully get it to come good before it is too late. I have put up a couple of new photos but have actually done a lot of week this weekend so they are out of date already.  I should have finished painting all of the back and side fences (not done the side of the house - I don't think that the weather will hold out to do the whole lot), garden edges and hopefully the shed roof. I have also put in two garden arches for peas, tomatoes and the sweet peas in Spring.  Loads of work to do but it is all moving forward.

More soon

Sarah

Sunday, June 26, 2011

June 4 2011

Well I got lots of painting done this weekend and I have started work on my trellises for my espaliared apples.  And my first winter veg has come on - just lettuce, pak choy and radish, but good all the same.  I am waiting for my blackberry and blue berry to arrive and that should be it for the seasons planting.

Still plenty of painting, weeding, and landscaping to keep me going.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 3 2011

Hi all

We have had a lot of rain in Melbourne this week, and some crazy fog (as a result of the Chillean volcano I believe) so the garden is looking very green indeed.  I am hoping for a little fine weather tomorrow so that I can do some more landscaping work, some weeding and if I am lucky a little bit of fence painting.

Because the days are so short at the moment I don't get to see the garden during the week as it is dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home, so the weekend always brings surprises in terms of what has grown and what has become a snail victim.

Until next time

Sarah

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 2 2011

Well as you can see from the latest photo (from May) I have pruned back most of the Summer plants, and have started on the Winter seedlings.  Not looking very attractive and I still have loads of weeds to remove, but hopefully I will make a more progress on the over all look of the garden over the winter months.

You will notice that I have my first autumn/winter harvest photo up.  Just potatoes and parsley at this stage.  There are loads of other herbs but I had to cut parsley for my minestrone so it made the photo.

The slide show photos should be updated too.

More soon

Sarah

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June and the start of Winter

Well Winter has officially started, and despite some sunny days the cold has hit hard.  I am afraid to say that the two hard frosts we had last week have absolutely wiped out my cabbage seedlings but the broccoli seems to be hanging in there.  It is too late to start from scratch so I will get some pre-hardened off seedlings next week.  So another lessen for me - get my timing right on hardening off the seedlings before leaving them to the elements.

On the positive side the salad greens, spinach, radish and garlic are all very happy, and the neighbour's cat is really pleased that the sugar cane mulch I am using is absorbing so much heat.

More soon (plus I will have downloaded my latest photos by then too - sorry been a bit lazy)

Cheers

Sarah

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last Day of May

Well it is sunny today and I am going into the garden to prune, water, fertilise and paint (the fence not the plants of course).  I am hoping for a nice update photo for the page - not much to show as everything for winter is still at the seedling stage, but it will be nice just to have a sunny photo on the board for a change.  Yes I am aware that it is mid-week.  I have a couple of days off and I hope to get plenty of garden time.

Catch up soon

Sarah

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 2 - 2011

Another weekend of rain!  If you read this blog every week you must think that it never stops raining here. After years of drought we appear to be getting years of rain.  It is good for the garden of course - although I worry about the bulbs getting too wet and rotting.  It is quite cold with it so it shouldn't happen.  (5-17 C average this time of year - that is 41-62 F).  When it stops raining I will go out and check on the seedlings. I can see that the cabbages are coming on, but I need to check on the spinach and salad greens.

Hopefully it will be drier next week so that I can do some more painting, landscaping and general weeding.

Have a great week.

Sarah

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 1 - 2011

A quiet week all round.  work is very busy at the moment and it has been raining all weekend so it doesn't look like I will get much done garden wise until next weekend (unless it is raining heavily again).

I am going to order some more berry canes and am considering getting a blueberry bush.

So aside from the odd bit of weeding when the rain stops that is it for the week

cheers

Sarah

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 2011 - 5

There should be a couple of new photos in the slide show today.  I ended the month by doing some more painting (fence and garden edges) and I have planted the last of my Spring bulbs and garlic.  It looks like we are going to get a week of rain from tomorrow so hopefully that will help the new seedling on their way.

More in May

Sarah

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 2011 - 4

Happy Easter!  I hope that you have had a wonderful break.  I finally got some decent garden time in and cleared out the last of the Summer veggies, prepared all of the beds, planted the Spring bulbs (at least some of them) and planted the Winter seedlings.  I even did some weeding, started painting the fence and have nearly finished painting the shed.

Still waiting to put in the remainder of the bulbs, garlic and new strawberries but with any luck there will be a few sunny weekends ahead and I can get these and the bulk of the outstanding landscaping work done and dusted.

No new photos yet - not really sure if pictures of empty beds is really that great.

More soon

Sarah.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 2011 - 3

Hi all

Well the weather is changing here and the Autumn colours are starting to show themselves.  Not much garden work this week as it is Henry's birthday, but I have picked the last of the Summer produce, and have very little ready in the way of veggies, other than chillies and lettuce, and that remaining pumpkin, for a few weeks.

I am hoping to do loads over the Easter weekend.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 2011 - 2

Well another week has passed and the last of the warm weather has gone with it.  I have a busy weekend so the garden will not see a lot of attention this week.  The rain has set in for about five days so that should cheer up the plants and weeds.

I am going to pick what I expect to be the last of the Summer/early Autumn veggies tomorrow and will be pulling out the cherry tomatoes to get the bed ready for the Easter planting.

Have a great week.

Sarah

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 2011 - 1

As you can see I am in the process of setting up the Blog again.  I haven't quite got the hang of it all, but hopefully is it an improvement.

I went to the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show yesterday and managed to pick up loads of new products, organic fertilizers, seeds, plants, bulbs, and some new garden ornaments - some of which you will see in the slide show.

I have big plans to get loads of garden work done during the Easter break so hopefully the weather will hold out until then.  Stacks of weeding and planting to do in the mean time.

Until next week

Sarah

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 2 - 2011

Well another week has flown by and the garden is still producing loads of tomatoes, salad greens, zucchini, egg plant, figs and raspberries.  The zucchini and cherry tomato are probably in their last week so I will pulling them out of the garden next weekend and preparing the bed for the winter rotation.

Garden show next weekend!

Have a good week

Sarah

Saturday, March 19, 2011

End of 1st Year update

Well I have been working on my garden for about a year now.  I have made some progress but my visions of a beautiful completed landscaped garden are still far off.  I am very pleased to have removed the old trellis, replaced the deck, replaced the fence, painted the house, but there are still a number of tasks for my next year.


I am very happy with the vegetables and fruit and have learnt a lot about soil, plant placement and suitable crops for my district.  For example next summer I am not going to put in pumpkins or squash and am going to get to more berry canes for that garden bed instead.  I am going to get a bush lime too. I will still have zucchini and eggplants, summer herbs, chillies, capsicums and tomatoes of course, and my all year lettuce, rocket, herbs and raddishes as staples.


I am planning a winter rotation of Asian greens, potatoes, broccoli, garlic, fennel and cauliflower.


With berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries), the guava, the two apples, the cherry, the lemon, lime and olive, and next door's fig in the fruit category I will have stacks of produce every season.


And I am still planning to keep the flower garden, and install a new garden down the side of the house for semi-shade plants.


I must be mad :)


More soon


Sarah



Sunday, March 6, 2011

March 1 - 2011

The first decent weekend  - not too hot, no rain and I am too darn sick to garden - foul head cold - another one.  The veg are great though.  Loads of zucchini, eggplant. tomatoes, and figs and raspberries on the fruit side of things.  Hopefully the new photos have taken.

More next week

Sarah

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February update 3

Well I was hoping to paint the shed, garden edging and back fence tomorrow, and assemble the boardwalks for the garden but it looks like the rain is coming over to set in.  Blast! Oh well at least I can get some weeding done and pick any veg which is ready.  The squash and pumpkin vines are taking over the garden.  I will definitely not put any in next year.  In fact I have decided to get more berries - the raspberries have been a big hit.

More soon and I will try and get more photos in next week

Cheers

Sarah

Saturday, February 19, 2011

February 2011 2

Well it is the middle of February and the garden is fine.  The weeds are as high as my knee so the whole weekend will be spent pulling them all out I'm afraid.

Hopefully the new photos will have come through on the slide show stream.

Have a great week

S

Sunday, February 13, 2011

February 2011

Well I have come back from my holidays and have been greeted with a glut of tomatoes (guess who is making tomato sauce and tomato relish today), basil, lettuce, zucchini (very pleased about that one), and chillies.  The capsicum is looming large too - but I suspect that they will come on next week.  I have given away loads of produce and still have plenty more.

The pumpkin vine is taking on triffid like qualities and is trying to take over the garden, and the weeds are looking magnificent after the rain :)

So loads of work here.  I will put more photos into the slide show later in the week

Cheers

Sarah

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January update 3

Well I have done some more work on the garden bed edging and put down more sugar cane mulch this week.  I have also set up supports for the tomato plants so hopefully this will help them along and keep the fruit off the ground.  If I get a sunny day today I will take some more photos.  I managed to get quite badly sunburnt yesterday even though it was overcast and rather cool.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Summer Veg

I am very pleased that my tomato and lettuce crop are doing so well.  Dreadful floods and weather conditions have meant that the prices of salad vege are sky high at the moment.  I am waiting for the zucchini, egg plant and chillies to be ready too.

I am doing some landscaping work at the moment too (haven't been able to paint the fence because of the rain here) so hopefully there will be some obvious improvement in my next lot of photos

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January update 2

Well we have had a big week of rain here and there have been terrible floods right across the country.  Things are not that bad here though.  The garden is absolutely sodden and I am hoping that the lovely weekend ahead will give me the chance to check over the tomatoes to ensure that there is enough airflow to avoid fungus and alike.  The sugar can mulch I put down last week seems to be keeping the random weed growth at bay so that is something.  I am also hoping to finish painting the shed if the weather holds out.

I am really hoping to get loads more done on the garden this year and hopefully get it to the point where I don't have to worry about landscaping and can just concentrate on the produce.

More soon

Sarah

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year

Happy New Year!

Well I came back from holidays to find a garden full of weeds - so it looks like a month of weeding, pruning and landscaping for me.  The heat has started up so it will be important to keep the watering up.  The tomatoes are just starting to ripen which is great, and the lettuce is ongoing - so salad season here I come.

More soon

Sarah