Category Archives: garden stuff

Wrapped

Like some fluffy white cloud hanging low o’er the garden

or a shrouded figure dancing through

the quince tree is now fully enclosed in netting.

Increased expectations of a harvest of fruit.

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Drip

Watering the vegetable garden is easy thanks to tanks of rainwater. A couple of dripper kits priced to clear at the local barn size hardware distribute the water.

It’s all done by gravity even though this part of the garden is uphill from the tanks. As long as they are more than half full the system will work. So far I have only needed to top up them up once from the big tank that is further down the hill but has a pump.

Lettuce, and everything else, is enjoying the regular dose of water.

Happy hoya

The hoya has been under very close observation ever since the big repotting. Here is what I saw today.

Not just the one, but on nearly all the spurs there are signs that the flowers are on their way.

Mother of thousands

This picture in a clip art book from 1990 is in the flower section. I assumed it was pure fantasy until one of my new plants flowered.

After trying quite a few search terms I discovered its origin. It is from Edward Lear’s 1871 Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets, the ebook can be read on Project Gutenberg.

My plant is Saxifrage stolonoifera and I am not the first to think it looks like Lear’s Piggiwiggia Pyramidalis. There is no foliage in the original illustration, someone has done a bit of collaging to make the full plant.

I have put this shade lover on a steep bank under some trees. The circle is all that remains of a half wine barrel, the hoops. My plan is to allow have the baby plants fill just as far as the ring.

The delicate flower is so pretty, I am glad I have planted it somewhere it is easy to get a close look, although I did need to put a sheet of masonite behind to take the photo.

Longest day

Fortunately today is the Summer Solstice as I need all available daylight to complete the second vegetable bed in my garden. It had been invaded by tree roots like the first one. A complete dig out has to happen, then relining with a root barrier, followed by soil sifting and replenishing with compost and manure before crops can be planted.

I did get it all done before sundown. The time I finished is just on the edge of this sundial’s range, but the sun is in the south west sky so any shadow misses the north facing dial.

For those interested there are four types of tomato at the lavender end, Tigerella, Siberian, and Tumbling Tom, both yellow and red. At the parsley end are zucchini, baby spinach and a globe artichoke. Interspersed throughout are marigolds given to me by a garden loving friend.

I hope everything grows as well as the first bed which has capsicum and chilli, beans, snow peas, sweetcorn and lettuce with added marigolds.

This is the progress in 8 days.

The productive corner of my garden is looking quite good for now. Bees are loving the lavender and parsley flowers, there are ripe strawberries, the plums are swelling and even the apples look ok. I hope my little seedlings get settled in before the forecast heat at the end of the week.

After the rain

Early morning light. Fruit and foliage hold on to the last of the overnight shower.

I used to think the lotus leaf showed off water droplets best.

But the tiny Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis is better.

Veg bed renewal

In between clearing space for new water tanks and working on the Bonnie Hunter mystery I have been digging out the first of the raised vegetable beds. I knew there was a problem last summer as things just didn’t grow so well. Despite putting in a barrier between the ground and the bed tree roots had got in. A story on Gardening Australia recommended using geotextile and after finally locating not only a retail supplier, a store that had it in stock and where in the megabarn it was located, I was ready.

Once the bed was emptied I lined it with the needle punched polyester.

Then returned the soil, sifting every spadeful to remove weed corms, stones and remaining roots before it went in.

A generous helping of sheep manure, compost and blood and bone and the bed was ready for some advanced plants. I figured it was a bit late for starting with seeds.

Yesterday evening the plants went in and today it rained. You can see the newly installed tanks getting their share of the downpour here 

Only three more beds to go. This new barrier product better work!