A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Lift Off

We have lift off - sort of.  Finally a part of the weekend to ourselves to do a little bit around the place.  Peter whipsnipped the long grass around the first vegie bed, I removed the weeds that had made themselves at home there, and we were off.

In this bed there are two varieties of lettuce, some rainbow chard and some kale.

The shade hoops are from the Boonah garden in which the beds were a lot wider so there is some overhang in this garden.  The next sets of hoops I make will have a wider diameter poly pipe so I can push them over star pickets rather than steel bars and make them taller so walking inside won't be too hard. Scarecrow's Garden gave me the idea for the bigger pipe.  That is an amazing garden I must say.

I still have punnets of cabbage, broccoli, rainbow chard, silver beet, beetroots, spring onion, tatsoi, fennel and landcress to put in.  The just need a little longer in their punnets before going out into the world.

It feels so good to finally be underway with the vegies.  Now to dig some more beds and prepare them for the above babies.  I will be raking sheep, cow and chicken manure and putting it into the compost to have some soil improving mix to add into the beds when the time comes.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Vegetable Garden

With all the hot weather and moving stuff from one house to another, the vegetable garden is not yet 'out of the ground' so to speak.

One bed being prepared

One bed is ready to go so I'm planning to get into that on this weekend, (the first weekend that has been our own for about six months).  You can see in the foreground of the photo above that we have killed the grass/weed cover using a large piece of carpet.  It has worked really well.

Carpet and plastic sheeting instead of spraying
We have also used thick plastic sheeting which had been on a new mattress we bought a few years ago.  IMO plastic was not quite as effective as the carpet even through rain would have penetrated it.  

The vegetable garden area has now been fenced off and is adjacent to the chook area with an adjoining gate to enable chook tractor (yet to be constructed) activity prior to replanting.  

This is the extent of my vegetable gardening at present.  I have seedlings and herbs in pots just busting to get into the ground and on Monday I seeded up another 9 or so punnets so hopefully I will time it right with the weather.  I have actually harvested a few San Marzano tomatoes from the plants in these pots.  The light coloured blotches are from our bore water - it marks everything.  We have not yet had the money to get the soil and bore water tested - hopefully soon.

As we look around and start planning our farm, one of the main factors we want to apply to any project is to make things as low maintenance as possible so that, as we age, we will hopefully still be able to continue on here.  We're both in our 50s now and are starting to get a taste of aches and pains and don't want that to stop us from working our place as long as possible.

As I type, another storm is rumbling overhead dropping the temperature nicely.  I am often surprised now, how quickly one adjusts to a less humid climate than that of Boonah or indeed Brisbane.  Having driven back from Brisbane today in an un-airconditioned vehicle, gulping water out of my bottle, I gasped a sigh of relief crossing Cunningham's Gap.  It was very humid there, but much cooler.  

Hope all is well elsewhere.