Sunday, September 27, 2015

It's all about Seeds

This is my Garden Share Collective post for October, which this month has a theme - SEEDS

It's very timely for now it is time in our garden to prepare for the growing season by starting off seeds in trays ready for later spring planting.

My motherinlaw and I spent the afternoon with packets of seedling mix and our seed stash, starting off seeds in trays.  We have decided (or rather, she decided) that the old pigpen would be a good raising place, since it gets sun, and is warm, but seeds wont be damaged by late frosts.  In the absence of a potting shed or garden shed, I concurred.

We had quite a little conveyor belt system going, she put in the mix, I watered and put in seeds, then she topped with a small sprinkle and named the tray.

Now we have quite a collection of filled trays.

Our working table, this was the first few trays we potted up
The first of the trays on the pigpen floor
I did have to laugh about the seed collection we had.  Both of us had saved seed from plants last year, but invariably we had the same foods, always Spring Onion - I guess because it produces such a prolific amount of seed.   I found I had lots of little folded envelopes and packets marked things like, "Anna Lettuce - nice 2010" etc.  Will they still be viable? I don't know, but time will tell.  In a couple of weeks if they haven't germinated we'll try again.

Kale seedlings in the main garden, from seed I collected last Autumn
A note to YATES - the seed packets were so sparse with seed. Shame on you YATES.  We counted and planted only 19 seeds from the packet of "Summerstar" tomatoes.  Gone are the days when you got a good few tablespoons of seed in a bought packet.  Oderings gave the best value for money, with goodly numbers of seeds in their packets.
With only 19 seeds in this packet, it is hardly value for money!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Chicken Adventure

One of our chickens went missing this week.  It didn't come home at bedtime and I assumed it had been taken by a hawk.

Two days later look what Mark found.  Miss Chicken had fallen down between some stacked giboard . She came out all wobbly and flat on one side. But so far she is still alive and seems to be making a recovery!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It must be Spring

We have had a week if on/off rain which i hope breaks our drought...daffodils and rain are noth wonderful!

Friday, September 11, 2015

How (not) to Grow Mushrooms

Step one:  buy your Mushroom Kit (in this case "Mushroom Gourmet") with memories of kits kept in cupboards while flatting in Sydney, which once watered produced a plethora of mushrooms.

Step two: Keeping those memories alive, open the box (easy) and start to read the 6 pages of instructions (hard).

Step three: take a small nap to recover, then tackle the first page of the instructions.

EIGHT WEEKS LATER: Moan and bitch at everyone that it didn't work

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Little Things in Life - SMALL

Indeed, at this time of year, it's the little things in the garden that matter.

After cold weather, frosts and wintry temperatures, to go out into the garden and see the small beginnings of spring brings joy to my heart.
Quince coming into bud

The vege patch is sparse, with only a few cabbages, some broccoli, and kale, mostly.  But there are signs there that soon something wonderful will come.  Small 4 inch shoots of garlic appear in rows in one of my raised beds, and there are tiny lettuces forming under protecting cloches.

The most excitement is in the orchard, where the quince, the plums and the almonds are starting to show flowers and leaves.  I hope that this year we won't have such damaging spring Nor'wester's, for last year the winds destroyed almost all the blossom in the orchard, resulting in no fruit formation.

Plum blossom starting

Plum with blossom starting
In other news, our Chickens laid the smallest, tiniest egg I have ever seen!
A Small, an Average, and a Double Yolker, all laid on the same day

There is little to do in my garden, there are very little weeds to contend with since it is too cold for growth, and little to harvest, instead we find we have time on our hands to  have a little fire in the evening to sit round with a few neighbours.

This is my Garden Share Collective post for September.  The theme is "Size" and I have chosen "little".

Harvesting Now: Lettuce, Spring Onion, Kale, Cabbage

Planting Now: Garlic, Peas, Beans, Broadbeans, Leeks

Things to Do: Prepare garden beds for spring planting, keep watering, keep up with the weeding, spray copper on the orchard trees

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The slow creep of Spring

We've had snow recently, then warm weather, and little green shoots are springing up all over the garden, filled with the promise of spring.

The first to flower are the Crocuses, I am waiting, and hoping for a good show of daffodils...