Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An update from October

This is what I am creating as a herb bed, if you look closely there is a Rosemary in the centre, clumps of garlic chives along the edge and if you look really closely between the rosemary and the chives is a little oregano plant

This is where I am creating my native garden along this fence, if you look really close (and you know where to look) you can just make out the little tubestock plants I have planted, they are mostly acacia's and bottle brush's, with flowers varying from reds, to pinks to creams and yellows. I am hoping this will end up being a nice cheery colourful area with lots of bird life.

The other side of the garden shed a Thornless Blackberry (planted over our rescued galah who passed away)

The three deciduous fruit trees that were planted in late July/ early august.
Granny Smith Apple, Moorepark Apricot, Elberta Peach
The apricot and peach both have a couple of fruit on each which I am hopping they stay on the tree to ripen, so we can have a little taste.

Citrus Trees
Eureka Lemon, Washington Naval orange, Lemonade
They have taken a bit of beating this year with all the windy weather we have had, but considering that they have been subjected to they are still going fairly well

I have changed the posted date on here to reflect when these pictures were taken

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Morning pictures

Well this morning when I woke up it looked like a lovely day, albeit a bit chilly outside, there was frost on the lawn, I think I now know why this section of the lawn is looking a bit sad, it is the area which gets the brunt of any frost that we get, so until we get out of the frost risk time it wont be getting mowed. When look closely I can see that it isn't dead, there are new shoots underneath but their is a layer of dead stuff on top, a mow would probably tidy it up nicely, but then leave all the green shoots vulnerable in the next bout of frost.

The citrus trees are still surviving even with having some of their leaves blown off in recent very windy storms. I am yet to find out what the problem with the orange tree is, it has rusty coloured areas on the underside of some of the leaves. I am thinking it is from winds or cold because it is all from the same direction

This photo I took because the sun glistening on the morning dew on the leaves just looked wonderful, but as good as my camera is I don't think it quite captured the moment

And here's evidence of my recent weeding activities

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cold gloomy wet days

Well yesterday it was lovely, sunshine blue skies, even warm enough at times to take my jacket off. I spent quite a few hours out the front pulling up knee high plus weeds out of the garden beds and reclaiming a few dieties plants which had become engulfed in grass and stinging nettles. I am wondering if it is possible to build up an immunity to Stinging nettles. I remember as a kid being so itchy after running though a patch of them (before I knew what they looked like) and it was a solid learning experience not to go anywhere near them.

Well that was before we moved here and they started taking over the garden beds. Thinking I was doing the right thing, with gloves and long sleeved shirts but the little buggers still managed to find any little exposed part of skin. When I started pulling these up a month or two ago I would try to be as gentle as possible grabbing them from the base but pointing the rest of the plant away from me as I pulled them out of the ground and straight in to the wheel barrow to avoid any unnecessary double handling. Even with doing this I would still end up with stinging itchy lumps between the ends of my sleeves and my gloves, which I would put up with until it just got unbearable and I had to give up, go inside wash my arms and turn to the trusty Neem oil or bepanthen or any other anti-itch stuff I could find.

Yesterday I noticed that yes the little buggers still manage to sneakily attack me, and yes it does sting, and itch but after the initial sting it seems to go away, leaving a little bump and then it disappears all together, am I getting tough or are the nettles just getting weak in their old age.

Today I think the rain has set in for the day, yet again, so it is a lazy Sunday inside, although as I sit here I think of all the things I want to (or need to) get done outside, but then there are also many thing that should be done inside too, and how sitting on the computer is not getting any of them done, So I am going to engage some self discipline and sign of for now and enjoy the cold wet gloomy-ness from the comforts of inside.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Rain = Weeds = New mower

Well I'm not sure if this year is a wet year here, or if I am just really not used to winter with rain after spending three years up near Pt Augusta, but everything seems to be rather soggy around here.

The weeds are absolutely loving it, so much that we decided that we would buy ourselves a ride on lawn mower to try to keep it under control, so as owners of a John Deer we are now propper country people!!! LOL!!!! It has definately made things a lot easier, taking just over an hour to do most of the yard, which I think we spent close to that doing the little bit which is out the front with the normal mower (and almost killing the poor thing).

Now our huge patch of weeds could almost (well with squinted eyes and a lot of imagination) pass as a nice lawn area (well green and tidy area).

Since I last posted I have put in the citrus trees (Eureka Lemon, Washington Naval orange and Lemonade) These were planted around the 12th June, I am hoping that they have not been affected too much by the few frosts we have had or the few windy storms that have come through, I am looking forward to spring when they will hopefully start to grow nicely.

You can see from the pictures that the weeds are growing really quickly, and this photo was taken about a month ago. I also got the apple (Granny Smith) planted last week, now to get the Moorepark Apricot and the Elberta Peach inthe ground.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New House, New Garden

Ok here is what is sort of classified around here as "My Garden" the fist photo was taken just after we moved in at the start of April and the second photo last week. As you can see we have had a bit of rain and the weeds just love it. I am thinking of turning this area into a bit of an orchard/veggie area, but I am not too sure how harsh it will be in Summer.

This is what I am thinking will be the "Colourful Garden" those standard roses are all different colours, whereas most of the other landscaped areas of the garden are very uniform, both in colours and structure. I am thinking of planting some native bottle brushes along that cream fence and making it more friendly for native birds and insects.

This is one thing off my list, my garden shed!
It's almost 5m x 3m, fantastic size for storing gardening tools, wheel barrow, bags of horse manure, potting mix etc close to where I use them.

I have made a (slight) start to veggies, these are some rainbow chard I planted before the cold weather came in, Perfect timing I think

Boof growing up from 5 months to 14 months old

Five months old (5/9/09)

Almost 6 months old (3/10/09)

Six months old after being desexed and having his due claws removed (18/10/09)

Six months old enjoying a pigs ear (27/10/09)

Seven months old. One of his favourite past times, making mulch, aka destroying things (29/11/10)

Almost 10 months old, this is his "come chase me!!!, you know you want what I've got" look (4/2/10)

Almost 12 months old. At the new house, with a new toys, the rope toy which lasted all of about 48 hours, and the ball, well that lasted a few plays before it went "pop" but it was really fun while it lasted!!!! (3/4/10)

Worn out from all that playing (3/4/10)

Playtime with friends. (15/5/10) 13 months old
Blaze my mums dog, a Staffy x and Jack my dads dog a full bred Koolie, Jack is about the same age as Boof

Boof relaxing in the sand pit after Jack has worn him out

I'm back in blog land

Well I guess I have taken a bit of a break from blogging, almost a year looking at the date of the last post. What can I say; life in the real world sort of took over.

So what have I been up to in this time?

Well the big thing I guess is that we sold my house and moved back to Adelaide in February this year, so garden photos from now on will probably be quite a bit different from what has been posted here previously (hopefully a bit more greener and lusher). Hard to believe we have been in the new place for four months already!! Definitely seen a change in the seasons from the end of summer to winter and weeds….argh…so many weeds, I think I need to quit my day job just to keep them under control.

Boof has grown up lots, he is now 14 months old, I think he loves it at the new house. He use to swelter in the Port Augusta heat so coming down here was a nice relief for him. He grew his winter coat quite quickly and although I shudder that he wont use his kennel we bought him, preferring to either sleep on the paver's or on his hessian bed, and he looks so cold all curled up, but when I go out to check on him his fur feels cold on the outside but under that he is so toasty warm. He also loves that there are windows all the way round the house so he can almost always see us and see what we are up to, or more appropriately if we are getting him food.

Ok so about the new place: We are on two acres, there is some formal landscaping already done out the front, and to one side of the back yard but nothing in the way of fruit or vegetable gardens, so I have a blank canvas to work on in that respect, not sure if that is a good thing or not. The back yard is separated into two, creating the house back yard and the “back paddock”, both which are around ¾ of an acre. But for the near future I think there is more than enough to keep us occupied in the front and back yards without worrying about the back paddock (for now)

I will update shortly with some pics of Boof (seeing he is "all grown up" now) and also of the yard, oh and not to mention my ever growing list of plans for this place.