Gardens develop

Our gardens are an on going project. Lots of hard work but I love the results. The cottage garden is often receiving new additions and they seem to enjoy their place in the garden beds. The tomatoes are almost finished now as we move into autumn, but flowers and shrubs are very happy with the heat of summer over. I’ve started a small section of the vegetable bed which will be extended with time and have added some herbs: tarragon, Vietnamese mint, and another sweet tall growing mint who’s name I can’t recall. Some sawtooth coriander will join them in the strawberry area. It’s been mulched now, with compost underneath. Pawpaws and a babaco have been planted in a protected spot, and fruit trees are going crazy!…Limes literally by the bucket load, the lemon tree with heaps of fruit and the single passionfruit vine gives buckets of fruit also. Very yummy! I’ve tried so many lime recipes!..Lime pie, lime butter, lime cordial, lime pickle. All were (and still are) really tasty! We’ve even added a little fairy garden behind some hydrangeas. I’m just popping in a few pics…there will be more coming up in the near future! This is an incredibly abundant place to garden and I feel very blessed.

My little rockery loves summer

Happy new year to you all! Am glad to say that my small rockery garden is looking very happy too after some good rain…took these pics this morning to show you all. Some things have even self seeded, such as marigolds and rocket. Very pleased. Hope 2016 treats you well.

little rockery 1

Parsley, basil and goddesses

Close up of the herbs

Herbs, close up

Herbs and snappies

View of the herb clump

Petunias blooming, garden replanted

Now that spring is definitely in the air, it’s been time to get out into the garden and plant some spring/summer seedlings. The days have been a little warmer and also the evenings but we never experience anything too cold here in Brisbane….it’s a sub-tropical climate. I planted petunias in late autumn, and they were a bit sluggish but now with some warmth they’re flowering away with an incredible deep purple shade in double blooms…so spectacular. Replanting today, in the main veggie/herb garden should see some cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchinis for summer as well as a few lettuce again. I’ve sown seeds from the old basil, and put in little radish and borage seeds. Brand new marigolds will have to be planted as the old ones are coming to an end. It’s marvellous to get out into the garden on a pleasant sunny day, and enjoy a bit of physical labour. The bees are happy about the garden too, and have been seen on all the flowering plants, so I’m happy about that….always good to see bees and other insects. Things generally manage to balance themselves out with pests being eaten by other insects and birds. Taken a few pics for your enjoyment.

Garden progress

Our little garden has gone quite well over winter. I’ve been using lettuce, (just picked and ate a lovely salad with brown mignonette…yum) and am harvesting the broccolini now. The herbs are doing well, and the flowers too. Been preparing and expanding the area in readiness for spring and summer crops of tomato, cucumber and zucchini, as well as more lettuce, basil and rocket. I’ll plant warrigal greens soon which is an indigenous plant good in stir fries, soups etc. and also some borage seeds. Soon the rocket and basil seeds will be collected and sown into seedling mix. It’s lots of fun, even if sometimes hard work.

Garden is growing!

My little garden is showing some progress, even though the weather is cool. The flowers and herbs are enjoying it even if growth is a lot slower. I’ve had to protect the parsley and lettuce with pot covers at night due to some sort of marauder; not exactly sure what it is! But this strategy has worked fairly well. So it’s all progressing along nicely and I’m picking lettuce leaves, rocket, basil and parsley to use in cooking so I’m very happy with that. The marigolds, violas and pansies seem happy and healthy and are flowering brightly. Getting a lot of joy from this small garden, and working simply and quietly in it. Here’s a few pics, including one weird photo of the pots covering plants before evening sets in.

Beginnings…a new garden

This last month I’ve begun the task of creating a new garden. I haven’t undertaken such a task for many years, and what a pleasure it is! Despite this being very hard work physically I’m enjoying the process so much.

The garden was initially small but I’m gradually expanding outwards, clearing weeds and unwanted larger plants as I go. Interestingly the deep rooted weeds have assisted in breaking down the bad quality soil and making it quite friable. First up, a layer of lawn clippings and sugar cane mulch was added. Underneath I’d placed layers of newspaper to block weed growth. When I checked under this a couple of weeks later I found many small garden worms, so it didn’t take long to have a lovely growing environment being created. Some bags of compost were purchased (haven’t made my own yet) and I moved the top layer away and laid compost down. Small herbs were planted into this yummy compost layer, and the mulch was reapplied.

Some plants died in the late heat wave we then experienced, but I’ve replanted more. The basil, mint and rocket did really well from the start…must be very hardy! Now, in the slightly cooler weather, things are going along nicely and I’ve already used some basil and rocket. Last week I added oregano, rosemary and some tough marigolds, and they’re going fine….also a couple of patches of bergamot seeds…hoping to get some nice flowering plants from that! I’ve placed my two pottery goddess figurines in the garden….one is a fierce protecter type, and the other is more of an earth mother fertility goddess….go ladies; do your work! ( I made these figures many years ago as part of an art exhibition).

I’ll keep you posted about how it’s all progressing, as new things are planted and the garden size expands. If you’ve got a little bit of land or space try growing a garden….it brings such joy, and small creatures will visit also!