At the start of the year, I decided that I would take a pause from gardening until my Tiny House was built. As the tiny house study had increased, any planned gardening kept getting put on the back burner. I was constantly neglecting my plants and unless my father kindly intervened they often became sickly and died…Read More
Today my gardening dreams came true.
That’s right I have finally realised my Beatrix Potter dreams and have grown my first beautiful, red, raspberry.
There is no way I can’t top that, so that is all.Read More
As a family who eats a predominately plant based diet, it made complete sense to put that pretty useless front lawn to good use by creating another veggie patch. Two in fact.
After juggling the aesthetics, longevity and expense of garden beds, I framed up my first patch. I covered the lawn in newspaper, tossed together some well rotted compost and old sheep manure, covered it in pea straw and watered it in. I then let it sit for the next month or so.
As Autumn rolled around, I planted broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale. Rogue pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes and warrigals quickly sprung up on their own accord. Disappointingly, only the warrigals flourished, the former two never fruiting, the potatoes dug out, due to space constraints.Read More
Last January we headed to Warburton to check out Blue Lotus Water Garden. My father and sister had recently created a new fish pond and were interested in adding some water lilies; as this was sited as Australia’s largest water garden, I figured it would be a good place to start.Read More
Where to resume? That is the question to ask yourself when your last post was November 2015.
But back I am to give it another shot. Considering I have almost a year to make up for, it may take a while to catch you up to speed. I shall try to keep it snappy.Read More
Now, I don’t want to brag so I shall keep this short. I may have mentioned in a previous post that I had collected some succulent leaves to propagate.
I may have also noted that these leaves, well, they weren’t doing so wonderfully.
It appears I spoke too soon.
That’s right, my left-for-dead succulents are actually propagating!
I shall fess up and mention that I didn’t see it coming, in fact I had given them up and all together forgotten about them.
So I apologise dear little succulents, you have proved me wrong. I am so proud that you struggled on despite my absolute neglect.
Bonsai requires patience. Growing a bonsai from seed? Even more.
Our garden features the most beautiful Japanese Maple and over the years I have had the pleasure of watching it grow. It is one of my favourite aspects of our home and once I started Bonsai I knew I wanted to capture this tree in miniature form.Read More
What I quickly discovered as I took on more responsibilities, was that I began to forget the small things- to water my cucumber seedlings, to mulch my potatoes, to cover the new fruit on our fig tree. This was not ideal, I was just getting things established, then would lose progress when seedlings dried out, or promising fruit was stolen by greedy possums.Read More
If you have not heard of Sylvia Earle, I recommend you read no further. In fact, I insist you immediately cease reading this post, open a new tab and Google her. Right now. That’s right ‘S Y L V I A E A R L E.’
Her deepness? The living legend? Hero for the planet? Yep, you’re on the right track.
Every now and again I like to get out of my own backyard and explore the local offerings of nature. Recently I visited the very impressive collection of Australian natives at the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.
I first explored these gardens over 8 years ago and since then they have grown exponentially.