Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Veggie Garden


Spring is here, and we have been making a determined effort in the Veggie Garden. This is the one where I will be growing my tommies in future. The beds have been cleared out, and we are making pilgrimages up the highway to the place where they put out the horse manure at $2.50 a bag. That is good value, but I am going to miss having poddie calves next door - I really think cow manure is the best of the lot.


This garden is surrounded by a dense planting of natives, which are having a stunning spring with all our rain (about three inches over the last week). The honeyeaters are everywhere.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Saying Goodbye to a Garden


It is over 12 months since I have blogged this garden - for the past five months I have not been able to garden after a knee injury in the garden - so now it is looking sad - but very springlike.

We are just a few weeks away from putting this house and garden onto the market, and I am relocating to a wonderful native garden that I have worked on for the past ten years, with serious veggie garden.

But it means this garden, which I started to plant 24 years ago, is going to be sold.

So right now, it means I need to choose what I am going to take with me - hopefully the cottage garden stuff that is most important will be finding a new home at Old Gippstown.

Like these Sparaxias. The orange and white ones have been hybridising all over the place by themselves for the past few years. Once each colour is isolated, it then keeps true to that colour. There is one in this group that is such a deep red, it is almost black.

So I have been picking out the nicest, and lift them to grow on next year.