Birthday Break

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…

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Properly Propagating.

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.

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Patience.

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.

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Check.

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.

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Completing the trio

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.

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So I hear gardening is relaxing?

I admit I was always under the impression that gardening was generally a recreation for the elderly, a leisurely way to pass retirement, a form of zen and relaxation. I mean, clearly, there was some hard work involved- but overall it appeared pretty chilled. This, I rapidly discovered, was far from true, and this ‘hobby,’ it doesn’t suffer weakness.

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The Veggie Patch

I started planting my veggie patch in early September, the beginning of Spring. With two raised garden beds, divided in half each, I had four veggie patches to fill. This post covers my P.O.A (Plan of Attack.)

Throughout my planning I constantly referred to the excellent book ‘The Little Veggie Patch- How to grow food in small spaces’ by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember. As a beginner, I really recommend this book, it is well laid out, has enough detail to answer nearly all of my questions, is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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