Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Work is underway

The garden work is coming on.  I am trying to do a little every day (when I have free time) so in reality I am putting in about 3 hours work a week. Hey 3 hours is 3 hours.  I have removed the old garden beds from the top part of the garden, set up the new and improved side garden bed, planted out the fruit trees and strawberries, and am now in the process of lifting the old brick path in anticipation of the arrival of the new metal beds. It sounds like a lot of work, but sadly equates to very little.  

Not much to show photo-wise yet, so here is a photo of the new pot (wedding present) which has now been moved into a suitable area for growing lavender (so you can guess what I have put in the pot.)  More soon.  Sarah

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Some progress

Another week has passed and although I have made some progress on the garden, it is still a long way off. I have managed to set up the new garden bed edging (well most of it), down the side of he house, and I have planted the citrus trees, olive and peach trees, and put in the new strawberry runners, but there is still a lot more to do...and this is before I get started on the top section (where  intend to put in three new raised beds and relay the path.  I need to lift the old path so that I can accommodate the new garden bed layout.  Anyway I guess the point is that there is still a lot to do.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Good weather for me but not the garden

I am please to advise that we have actually had some close to cold weather here in Melbourne this week.  We have had a remarkably warm Autumn and a moderately warm start to Winter.  Usually there are some mighty cold days this time of year.  Although I personally am enjoying the good conditions, I concerned about the impact on the garden - particularly the fruit production.  My apples and stone fruit require a good bout of cold weather to yield a decent crop of fruit and I suspect that I may be disappointed come Summer.  Not much I can do about it I'm afraid.  But if the trend continues I am putting in early tomatoes :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Brr Winter

This is taken from our "Seasonal Guide" page


What to plant:
Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet, Spinach, Herbs
Legumes: Beans, Peas
Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Potatoes, Radishes, Parsnips 
Berries: Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberries
Fruit Trees: Cherries, Apples, Pears, Citrus, Stone Fruits

What to harvest:
  • Broccoli (late)
  • Cabbage (late)
  • Cauliflower (late)
  • Potatoes (early)
Jobs to do:
  • Weeding
  • Clean tools
  • Clean out potting shed
  • Check use by dates on seeds and garden products
  • Work on paths, check garden edging
  • Outdoor maintenance
  • Prune fruit trees if you haven't done so already
Potential Problems:
Hard frosts 
This is just part of life in Melbourne (unless you are in a bay side suburb - I believe that you get fewer frosts).  Some folks I know keep a greenhouse, and others have designed covers for their garden beds to minimise the impact.  I will try and do something like this for next year.

Un-seasonal heat
Always nice for we humans but this can cause premature growth in seedlings, cause some of the Asian greens and herbs to bolt to seed, and allow some of the bulbs to flower early.  Not much you can do about this one.

Cabbage Moth
What a toad of a pest.  Not an unattractive moth, small, white, and in impressive numbers, this little pest will decimate your entire crop of broccoli and cabbage in under a week. Harvest your crops as soon as you can.