Left: Vanilla Essence
Right: Limoncello (lemon liqueur)
Hard not to look like an alcoholic when you buy two bottles of vodka at once.
The collection was a few weeks back. Down the street a house has been sold and it is being renovated. They’d put out an old steel bath. Which we carried for a bit, then rolled up the hill with steel poles underneath. Nearly killed us, but we got it up the street (uphill of course), down the slope of the nature strip and in the gate tilted on its side. Now it is home to a worm farm.
Then our neighbours across the road added to our pile as they’d run out of space on their front entrance. Including the frame from a swinging seat. It is now a fruit netting frame for the blueberries – it was the perfect width, and already a nice faded green colour so it disappears. And it is just right height for smacking the top of your head if you don’t watch where you are going. Nice of them to carry it across the road! They must have known…
Gee, I knew it had been a while since I’d updated CGF Blog. But not since October? Oops!
We have been busy in the garden, and with other projects too (sewing, supporting exam study, sorting through bookshelves and decluttering)
Let’s recap in reverse chronological order shall we?
a morning finding places to put the zucchini and pumpkins (me), and turning compost and clearing out the chicken shed (R). As part of the pumpkin quest I put two more out over the back fence, gave them heaps of compost and watered them in well. Not sure how appropriate it is given that it’s a nature strip zone, but we now have a sprinkler permanently set up over the fence in the hope of increasing the harvest by making it easier to water. The chickens did the hard work of spreading this batch of compost around the blackcurrants and blueberries.
Rain stopped play shortly after lunch until I realised a couple of days of rain and showers was perfect for planting carrot seed as it needs to be kept moist to ensure germination. So on with a coat and hat and out in the rain to plant seeds. Interplanted with rocket seed as a quick germinator and easy salad greens before the carrots get too big to need the space.
What’s in the garden at the moment?
Tomato plants are doing well – nice sturdy plants and gaining height. Some small green ones on the plants. More to be planted out. Especially on the side fence behind the chook shed. I *did* plant some there and have had to replace several already as the chickens dug them up. And my best anti-chicken measure? Which also does double duty as a heat bank? Two bricks, one either side of the stem with a gap just large enough for the stem. Even the big chickens can’t move the bricks!
We put in a bed on the uphill side of the chook shed as it became apparent the path would be quite wide and a potential maintenance issue.We put the portable pen there with some broody chooks in it. The sunlight and lack of a nice dark nesting box helps them stop being broody. They got a pile of horse manure and grass clippings to mix into the soil. After about a week they had done a lovely job of garden bed prep. In there are 4 tomatos, basil, and a cucumber (Shh, don’t tell Robin about the cucumber)
Our horse manure mountain has proved a wonderful resource. Bags are emptied into the compost and spread on garden beds.
The semi circular bed in front of the chook shed has been doing well for a first year bed. The plants are all thriving, but I do notice the difference between the section that has roof overhang – quite a bit drier, so that needs a bit of extra care.
Snow peas, lettuce, purple cauliflower, herbs
Back in late October we harvested the first of the pink eye potatoes from the Poly Bed – the carpet underlay and chook shed litter has rotted down beautifully to make a rich compost. The potatoes are buttery and luscious.It will be fabulous to plant into for autumn/ winter crops.
The kiwi fruit vine now has a steel reinforcing mesh trellis. The mesh is set out from the wall so the plant won’t cook in the heat of summer sun. We finished putting it up last weekend and the vine is already twirling around the mesh, growing visibly each day.