Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Royal Melbourne Show

Yesterday I went to the Royal Melbourne Show.  I have never been before (have been to the Brisbane one) so I thought that I ought have a look.  They had some great displays (not fruit & veg or flowers though).  Here are some photos:

This one is actually a cake!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Garden addition

We have had house guests for part of the week and weekend do not much has been happening in the garden.  However I do have a new plant. I finished up in my part time job last Friday and the folk at work got me a lovely plant to add to the collection.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spring bulbs are out in force

One of my favourite things about Spring is the flowering of the bulbs I planted during Autumn.  The snowdrops and daffodils made their late Winter appearance and are now being replaced by the hyacinth and iris flowers.  My peach tree is also flowering with gusto (and will hopefully produce fruit with equal enthusiasm).  No flowers on the apples yet, although it looks promising. I better stop looking at the flowers and get on the practical task of finishing the brick path around my new vegetable beds.  More soon.  Sarah

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Steady progress

I have had a rather amusing time assembling the garden beds I purchased.  I have discovered, despite measuring twice, that the beds are far to large to put three in the top garden - so I have settled for two and will endeavour to donate the third one to one of the local schools (or the community garden if the schools aren't interested).  

In addition to my poor measuring skills, I opened the correctly labelled boxes only to discover that the enclosed instructions (in every box) were actually for the assembly of a greenhouse rather than a double garden bed.  Fortunately I am a bit of a "flat pack" whiz and assembly was not an issue.  

With the weather being so good (until today that is), I was able to assemble and place the beds, level off the soil, and start work on the paving.  I need to buy more soil (and pavers) in the next few weeks, but I have ordered my Summer seedlings from the Digger's Club.  I am looking forward to getting it all set up soon.

Monday, September 1, 2014

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.