May 30, 2011

Plotter's Pleasure May 28th 2011

A chilly start to a Saturday (2.1C) morning that proceeded to become a drizzly morning. A brave band of 5 plotters chatted, swapped ideas and drank coffee!! We also had a few visitors come along for a peek at what we are all about!

These lettuces are about to flower...
...they are still providing some colour.
Drunken Woman is the name of this variety.

The kids were looking for jobs to do... in-situ compost heap was started in one of the big tank beds.

We found this curious little grasshopper...
...he was missing one of his back legs...
...I wonder if he hops in circles????

I do think someone needs to tell Spudnip that you can not grow coffee by planting your coffee cup in your tank bed...despite the Broccoli and Kale doing so well!! Even a brave little chilli plant is still growing after all the frosty mornings we have had already this year.

May 16, 2011

May 14th Working Bee

Amazing work from a small group saw
the new trees mulched,
shades up on the new beds
and weeds trimmed down.
Well Done All!

Thanks to Spudnip for the photos

May 10, 2011

May 6 & 7 Working Bees

Planting began on Friday 6th June with more Old Man Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia) along the rocky eastern 'top' of the garden. Each hole was dug with a motorised posthole digger as the ground is far too hard and rocky to dig by hand.

Each hole was filled with water then the plants were laid out and later planted.
Along the southern and Northern boundary fences a selection of Eremophilas, Acaias, Melaleucas, Eucalyptus and Callistemon trees/shrubs were planted.

Saturday's Working Bee crew got to work adding the irrigation hoses, covering each young plant with a protective 'hat' (see here) and adding a dripper to each plant! Phew there were a lot of plants. Now the are windbreak plantings on each of the fencelines.

The sleeper lined edge of the top layer of the garden has been planted with some tough flowering plants. Rosemary, Lavenders, Pigface, Silverbush (Convolvulus cneorum), Melaleuca and Acacia. These too have drippers attached. As these plants grow they will provide shelter for other herbs and flowers to be planted for beneficial insect/bird attraction.

The other low children's bed has been planted with some leftover Brassica and Parcel seedlings along with some Tree Onions (Walking/Egyptian Onions) which should provide some interest later in the season when these plants flower with their tiny onions instead of petals!!

There will be a quick Working Bee
on Saturday 14th May
to spread mulch around the new windbreak plants.