The Winter Wander

It’s feels like ages since I entered the veggie patch and did some serious input out there. Planting has  been very light as I filled 3 beds with green manure crops so I could dig them in and add nutrients back into the soil. Here the tops have been chopped back,

Then they were dug into the soil. I’ll repeat digging them in in about a week or two.The only things I really have planted are snow peas, leeks and I discovered some fairly decent broccoli in among the green manure so that’s now clear. I can categorically report that CD’s do not deter birds from devouring lettuce plants.  All the literature states that you should time planting your peas so that you avoid frosts that will damage the flowers, therefore setting. This little tacker must have just made the safe zone, we’ve had a couple of ripper frosts.This little section is where all the spent veggie crops like tomatoes, corn stalks and any other ‘past it’ plants are tossed. I topped them today with all of the leaves that had been raked up between all the veggie beds and in the berry house. This will just sit now until spring and be used as the spillover planting bed. The rhubarb and Warrigal Greens are really shining and after a bit of a tidy up things feel much more in control, damp and dreary, but in control.This pic of when the back yard was just getting set up, 5 years ago. The following 2 pics are where it’s at now.

There are a couple of really pretty things performing in the garden at the moment. This little flowering gum is called Purple Patch, it is a smallish tree with a weeping habit. The tiny purple flowers appear in winter but I prefer the buds.

The Eucalyptus caesia or Silver Princess, would have to be one of my favourite plants. Every single part of this tree is special. The form, the bark, the buds, the flowers, the colour, the nuts, the fact the birds love it and the  way it gently waves in the breeze. 

Silver princess bark

Silver princess flower









The planting in the courtyard is taking shape well, I can’t believe how quickly the olives are growing. The mandarin tree is ready to be separated from its bounty one by one as the little fella just loves them.

It doesn’t appear that the second grandchild is going to be any different with his love of food, any food. The significant difference is that this one is not a neat and clean eater like his brother. He stuffs anything and everything in with gusto and gurgles with delight as its being eaten. He thoroughly enjoys spreading it far and wide and making it last, going back picking up his scattered bits. Pleasure to see!

It is a matter of getting the pressure washer out regularly, placing drop sheets where he is eating and having the brush and dustpan close by, but that’s OK.

About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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6 Responses to The Winter Wander

  1. Thank you for the garden update. You have made a lot of progress. I love that satisfied feeling when everything in the garden beds is neat and tidy. For me it usually doesn’t stay that way for long, especially once spring comes along.


  2. Jan says:

    i love a wander around your garden, Maree. we’ve just moved to a house on 3/4 of an acre. The garden is in need of serious attention but has some lovely surprises. will you save the seed from the hardy little snow pea? The silver princess is lovely, I love the bark and your courtyard looks lovely. We have a small deck on ground level which at the moment is very uninspiring. I was gazing at it this morning and imagining a mirror on the end blank wall and maybe lots of ferns – or summat – dunno. I love the pleasure you describe of the little fella and his gurgling joy of food. I remember many years ago watching with mirth our next door neighbour’s husband – left with the baby for a day – hanging a dirty nappy over the rail of a fence and hosing it from afar! Enjoy your winter.


    • fergie51 says:

      I had a belly laugh at the nappy, reminded me of when our babies were little and my husband chucked the precious cloth nappies into the briquette hot water service cause he couldn’t deal with them. I can only imagine how our courtyard will be in a few years once the citrus and olives have become more established. Cheers, I’m looking forward to seeing more of your garden!


  3. It’s much pleasanter to sit by the fire and have a wander around your garden than it would be to actually wander around mine. Day 2 of welcome, garden watering, tank filling rain, and I’m grateful but it’s weather better experienced from jndoors. Your green manure crop is a success. I put ours in late, after the G.O. finsihed building snd filling the beds. It’s funny how a few thungs prefer the cooler season. Out fennel is looking much happier than in summer. I laughed at your observation about birds and CDs. Our netted cage keeps the bigger hungry birds out but not the bugs that dined on my coriander and basil seedlings 🐦


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