Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Growing Challenge Update 3

It has been a while since I have updated the challenge, not a huge amount to report- mainly lots of rain, 2 inches in the last week! It is good for the garden, but not really helpful when we should be harvesting canola, wheat, barley and oats- all of which will not be worth significantly less. The rain also has consequences for the sheep as it ruins the dry feed so they have to be fed grain and fly strike is a constant problem.

Anyway back to the very well watered garden!

Planted since last update on the 9th
  • 3 punnets o9f basil (need plenty to make a years supply of pesto)
  • punnet of lettuce
  • punnet of silverbeet (didn't actually need it as I have found many self-seeded silverbeets popping up with this rain)
  • Ned Kelly passionfruit- a present from my mother-in-law
  • 2 rosemary plants that I had dug up and had in the greenhouse waiting for a good spot
  • pulled out rest of the pansies that boardered the path in the vegie patch
  • lots of weeding (al least it is easy with the rain)
  • continued to put pea straw around- nearly all done
  • harvested 40 bulbs of garlic-thankfully before the big rains
  • gave most of the vegie patch a dose of seaweed fertiliser to give them a boost- they look like they could really do with a few nice warm sunny days
  • continue to help train tomatoes up, some through a ringlock fence and some with stocking tie
Harvesting at the moment
  • English spinach
  • garlic- all gone
  • rhubarb
  • a couple of potatoes
  • onions
  • strawberries
  • the usual herbs
Thunder is getting a bit close again, will post photos later, had better unplug computer!

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