Saturday, March 29, 2014

Garden Show - part 1

Hi all 

I went to the Melbourne Garden Show on Saturday.  This is the first post of my photos from the day.  



Sunday, March 23, 2014

The neglected garden - Part 3

This lovely rosemary bush was once a beautifully shaped square hedge.  No longer thanks to three months of neglect.  This will be one of the first items to receive attention when I start on the gardening landscaping project in April & May

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blog design underway

Hi Folks

Just a quick note to let you know that I am in the process of redesigning the blog pages.  Hopefully this will result in a site which is easier to navigate, with key information available for free download.  You will still be able to access all of the posts and pages, but it may look a bit untidy for a little while. 

Thanks you for your patience.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

The neglected garden - part 2

Snail creeper
Still not much progress with the garden - and in fact my neglect has resulted in the vines and creepers trying to take over.  In fact the wisteria has decided that it would rather use the house as a trellis than the fence!

Cheeky wisteria

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Too much

I say this every year, but I have planted too much and now have an excessive amount of produce. The freezer is full of fruit and vegetables just waiting to be converted into sauces and preserves - just need to buy more jars!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Autumn time

This is from the "Seasonal Guide" Page


What to plant in Autumn:
Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet, Spinach
Legumes: Beans, Peas
Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Globe artichokes
OnionsOnions, Leeks, Garlic, Spring Onions, Fennel 
Brassicas: Broccoli, Broccolini, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard, Chinese Cabbage
Fruit: Strawberries

What to Harvest:
As you can see, I had plenty of carry over from Summer at the start of the season (photos from April), but by the end of the season I only had potatoes, parsley and salad greens.
  • Pumpkins, Squash, Corn, Potatoes
  • Capsicum, Chillies (early season)
  • Lettuce, Salad Greens, Herbs
  • Berries (early season)
  • Apples
Jobs to do:
  • Weeding
  • Remove dead annuals, trim hedges and vines
  • Dead head flowers
  • Cut away dead berry canes, prune fruit trees 
  • Clean BBQ (for Winter storage)
  • Clear Summer crops and till/fork through soil
  • Add manure, compost and fertilisers and dig through
  • Test soil and add necessary additives (dolomite for example)
  • Plant bulbs and sweat peas (April)
  • Lay down a layer of sugarcane mulch (or mulch of choice)
Potential Problems:
I had a lot of trouble getting any life out of my garden over the last Winter.  You may want to consider using a frame over the beds to keep the seedlings warm.