Weekend wrap

We have done a huge amount of work out in the back yard this weekend but somehow I am left feeling like we have created more mess than beautification! A couple of major tasks to get the final layout in place were necessary, these have been, getting water points in place for the productive garden and chooks and making sure the storm water run off from the new garage was in place. Setting up the raspberry beds with a protective cage  surrounding them to eliminate those pesky birds nicking all the fruit and to install a small garden shed for storing all the ‘stuff’ necessary when working outside that has up until now been in the old greenhouse. Now these jobs have been done we can get into the serious business of bed layout and fencing the area. Now that’s exciting!

Storm water in place

Storm water pipe in place to carry water from garage and old stables into drain. Slab for small garden shed in place.

Berry frame

Making a start on permanent berry patch.

The old greenhouse that I bought from my sister years ago which has been used as a temporary shed since we moved into ‘the new old house’  is being re-invented as a protective cage over the raspberry beds. It will be covered in heavy-duty bird net, cable tied to frame and hopefully will do the trick of keeping out the birdies. I am also considering using this space for my shiitake mushroom production but haven’t quite worked out how to integrate that yet. They will be staying in the old hip bath for a while yet!

Garden shed

New garden shed in place. Never mind the fact the slab is a bit too small, nothing that can’t be adjusted! This area will be fairly hidden from view when the grand design is done so plain gal will do just fine.

Raspberry canes

Canes in the bucket are those I retrieved from existing site, ones on left are newbies.

I retrieved as many canes I could from what I planted last season but they haven’t had a very great start so I also supplemented the planting with some new ones I bought from a local grower. Hopefully we will have enough to ooh and ahh over once they settle in and begin to thrive.

What’s growing out there?

Very happy to announce that the issues I had been having with powdery mildew on the strawberries in the greenhouse seems to have been resolved. I treated the plants with a garlic spray and have been leaving a window open in the greenhouse to ensure good ventilation is achieved. Looking just about ready to eat!

Strawberries back on track

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Coriander I planted from a hydroponic pot purchased at a supermarket is doing well and we’ve harvested it for a few feeds in a couple of weeks.IMG_0360

Signs of spring!

This ancient purple magnolia is forming flower heads.IMG_0416

Oooh, now this is exciting! Couple of asparagus starting to shoot.

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and the potatoes are all shooting and getting bigger every day.

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Harvesting the rewards.

This weekend I have picked silver beet, coriander, lemon-grass, assorted asian greens, broccoli and mint, all of which were used in a lovely chicken stir fry for dinner.

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Yep, worth it all! Very nice indeed. What’s growing at your place?

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2 Responses to Weekend wrap

  1. Fairy says:

    What’s growing at our place? We are picking oranges, lemons, grapefruit, avocadoes and bok choy. Check out my latest post and you will see that I made a bit of a mess this weekend, too. There will be long-term gain though.

    Love seeing the progress you are making.

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