Sunday, September 29, 2013

Other Gardens

I have had the good fortune to have been travelling overseas for the last couple of weeks, so I have loads of photos of wonderful gardens and alike.  My next few posts will feature some of my favourites.

To start here are two photos of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

My own garden is looking a little worse for wear. The mixed heat, cold and rain while I was away has meant that it has grown wild and will require significant effort (none of which is likely to be expended this week) to tidy it up and prepare the veg beds for the summer crops. Also that cat has had free reign of the space and will be difficult to move on now :)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Spring Flowers

One of the things I love about spring is the number and range of wonderful flowers.  The Winter Jasmine and Daphne are still blooming, and the bulbs are coming out by the bunch.  And just to top it off the roses and creepers are all in flower too.  This will give me something wonderful to look at as I oil the deck in a few weeks time.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Cat news

We have found out more about our little black and white cat.  Her name is Kitty and she lives over the road from us.  Vince (our neighbour) adopted her when her owner died suddenly.  When the house was cleared out, Kitty was forgotten (or not known about).  Vince noticed that no one had been feeding her so he adopted her.  She is very shy and doesn't like to be picked up.  So out sunny back deck suits her to the ground.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Spring has sprung

This is from the "Seasonal Guide" page.


What to plant:
Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet
Legumes: Beans, Peas
Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Sweet Potato
Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard
Mediterranean Vegetables: Capsicum, Chilli, Tomatoes, Eggplants
Gourds and assorted: Pumpkins, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Cucumber
Fruit: Melons, Citrus

What to harvest:
  • Salad greens, Lettuce, Herbs, Spinach
  • Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Spring Onions
  • Beetroots, Carrots, Artichokes, Parsnips, Turnips
  • Remaining Brassicas
  • Peas and Beans
Jobs to do:
  • Propagate Summer seeds
  • Order Summer seedlings 
  • Weeding
  • Clean BBQ
  • Oil Deck
  • Clean, repair and oil outdoor furniture
Potential Problems
Weeds! And more weeds.  The bursts of lovely weather, and reasonable rainfall are not only wonderful for the new seedling, but serve as a super growth environment for the weeds. 

Snails and slugs are also putting in a concerted efforts to eat as many of the new seedings as possible.

Unexpected cold snaps.  Sudden changes in the weather can kill of new seedlings and inhibit the growth of your plants. It is always a risk, and unless you cover your seedlings or plant them late in the season, this may be a problem.