Saturday, May 26, 2012

More rain! Really more rain!

It has certainly been a wet week in Melbourne this week.  Apparently the rain yesterday was greater than the usual May average.  It was mighty cold too.  I have attempted to do some weeding, raking of leave, and preparing the ground around the veg beds for the brick paths - but it has all been a bit fruitless with the constant rain interruptions.  Still, it is better than drought, and the garden does look pretty.  Rainy weather gives me extra time to make preserves and breads and alike, so the spare time I have is certainly not wasted.  I have added some more flower pictures and put an update on the crafts page this week so that there is something new to look at.
Have a great week

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mid May and more rain

Another wet weekend - good for the plants but not so good for the gardener.  I dread to think what the weeds will be like next week.  Jiffy pot update - worked really well for the peas and beans but not so well for the cabbages and broccoli.  I am going to give up on those two and just buy some seedlings.
My snowflakes have started to come out too - I am a little surprised as I am sure that these don't usually make a showing until late June - could be wrong.  Still it is lovely to see them.  The cordial recipes are up on the blog today too, so be sure to give it a go.  More next week.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day weekend

Things are going well in the garden.  Autumn is a great time to catch up on weeding and the landscaping work.  I have planted all of my jiffy pot seedlings.  Only three broccoli seedlings and three peas worked out, so I will watch the progress of the young plants carefully in case I need to buy some established seedlings later in the season.  I am making both a raspberry and lemon cordial this weekend (it is an overnight process) so I will put up some photos next week.
Happy Mothers Day!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Garden preparation is underway

 Hi all,  well another week has flown by.  Luckily I have had some time in the garden and finished all of my pruning, soil preparation, sugar cane mulching, bulb planting and winter seed preparation.  The Jiffy pots are working well, and I have transferred the larger seedlings into the beds.  Only half of the peas sprouted so I am doing a few more.  I am not expecting the cabbage or broccoli seedlings to be ready to harden off for a few weeks yet, so I will keep an eye on the jiffy pots.  Got loads of lemons this week, so I will be making lemon cordial in the next week of two (and a raspberry cordial).  Check out the "Preserves" page for my Green Tomato Chutney recipe.

More next week!  Sarah
Jiffy pots - week 3

Loads of lemons!