When we moved up to Brisbane, everyone in our growers group was saying how fantastic the Rosella jam they'd made tasted this season, so it was time to try something else we didn't have in the Sydney garden. We planted a few tiny seedlings and they seem to love the position as they are springing out of the ground now.
20 December 2011
It won't be long now before we get to try some home grown Christmas watermelon. Its amazing how they grow so quickly.
09 December 2011
My friend Selena has a garden that is always worth visiting. Over the last year or so she has turned what was a weed and privet infested rocky slope into a terraced wonderland of food. Her last addition to the garden design is one I'm stealing with pride. When you fence off veggie beds to keep chickens in or out, you come across the problem of gates. You want to fencing to be sturdy but perhaps not permanent and you want to gate to open easily, which often need some serious structural work. My last visit to Selena's showed me an picturesque but cheap alternative - buy a simple arch from a hardware store, grow a climber up over it and use it as the structure for a simple wire gate. I don't have a photo of Selena's, but here is the version we've just put in. The first one is a new vegie patch and the second and third are established ones.
04 December 2011
As we've moved from small suburban plot to acreage, we now have space to try some crops I've wanted to grow for a long time - water melon and rock melon. And here are the first pictures
Now that we've got a bed of lovely green manure from the buckwheat and millet, we've planted our next crop. We are growing a bumper crop of beans as we've been asked to supply some to a local restaurant, so outside of the beans we have growing up the corn and the fences, we've now put in more to grow up the sunflowers and two rows of butter beans where the buckwheat was. As we've got nothing for them to grow up, we've built a little structure for them to grab on to.
03 December 2011
In permaculture, one of the classic guilds (a group of plants that you grow together as they are mutually beneficial) is the "Three Sisters". This guild consists of corn, beans and pumpkin and was famously grown by Native Americans generation after generation. As the corn grows, it provides structure to support the climbing bean, and the pumpkin becomes a ground cover to stop the moisture drying out the soil, but doesn't interfere with either the corn or the beans. I have a slight variation growing in patch No. 2, which is corn, climbing beans and watermelon. And so far, the sisters are very happy together....