In the Garden #3

Ah, I love to study, but freedom from the books is good when I can return to the blog and talk about all those things which are nearest and dearest to me.

Our garden is growing steadily. We are finding spare patches of land with not much grass or scraggly tufts of flora and enthusiastically throwing poo and straw down for our babies (plants) to gobble right up.

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This is poo. Plants loves this crap. The best is poo (of a grass fed animal) that has been left to compost (sealed in a bag in the hot sun) for a few weeks/months. This is our potato patch.horse-poo zucchini-plant

Our zucchini are suffering a little, there is an abundance of slugs and snails on this property. In my last patch slaters were the main problem, they would chop the seedlings off at the base, deadibones. The place before that we had a real rodent problem (they ate my corn seeds the day I planted them) and it was a hassle keeping the hens out of the garden beds. So every patch has its problems and I’ve heard gardening referred to constant problem solving. The way to solve slug and snail problems (without bait…I should explain that one…see next paragraph) is with chickens! Can’t wait til the ladies come!

 

The reason I don’t like to use snail bait or roundup or other such chemicals is because of the delicate balance of all of nature’s systems. Birds are the best solution to snails. Birds also need snails to live. So if I am poisoning snails the birds are eating the snails the birds are then dying or getting ill. The birds then disappear and snailtown booms! This is the way with all natural systems. If we humans are interfering in nature there will be repercussions (probably bad ones because we don’t know what the hell we’re doing most of the time!). The best thing to do is to work with nature.

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The sunflowers are our current great success. We’ve grown these everywhere we’ve lived (mostly). They are Henry’s favourite. I probably wouldn’t be growing these if it weren’t for him (preferring roses and more rambling plants myself), but they bring the native parrots into the garden and I like that.sunflower-plant  sunflower-plant sunflower-plant nasturtium-seedlings snowpeas

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So this (above and immediately below) are our front garden beds. We face directly north, great position for sun loving plants like sunflowers and tomatoes, in the Southern hemisphere.plant-boxes eggplant-plant

I am attempting to propagate a couple of fig cuttings which I got from pruning our fig tree. I’ll see how we go with this. I just successfully propagated seven hydrangeas – I’m really quite proud of that, it’s been the first thing I’ve ever propagated! Yippee.Fig-cutting capsicum-plant

The potatoes are chitting in the shed. Chitting is the scientific word for sprouting taters.seed-potatoes

And here’s our hand powered mower. Being the true greenies we are it is satisfying to mow our rental property lawn with this baby. It actually works a treat! Clackety clack.Non-petrol-mower

Seed potatoes
Seed potatoes

And it is good to have this one home. At times we’ve talked about selling this, and while it is noisy and has broken down twice I’m actually quite fond of the beast and so is Henry, so currently we’re keeping it.

 

I feel like we’ve come full circle. This home reminds me very much of our home near Canberra before we moved to Young to renovate our bus. It’s been a rough and tough journey since that time. Lots of ups and downs. Moving here was like moving back home. It’s the same but different. Better in many ways (new friends, better house, lovely church, cheaper rent, actually better time with friends and family in Canberra as the time is more concentrated and precious), not as great in some other ways (miss Canberra culture a fair bit, and really miss the excellent Farmers Markets, also being far from work is a juggle).

 

All in all, I love the homelife.

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