Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back home again, and one bed sorted

Well, my holiday is over, and I have been slowly getting settled in.  My poor hubby was overwhelmed by bandicoots and scrub hens the entire time I was gone.   I think all the holes in the fence are now repaired, so the bandicoots are no longer bothering us, and a plastic kite hanging up in the pawpaw tree seems to have scared the scrub hen away.
Personally I think they saw I was gone and saw the place as being un-protected!  The boss is back now....
The lady slipper orchid vine is showing off its awesome flowers.

 I arrived back to find a lovely little package from Kim at The little black cow.  I had sent her some cordeline stems and she said they are now sprouting, I hope they bring her lots of tropical colour.  She sent me some goat soap and some gem squash seeds in return.  It is so dry right now that it might be a good time to give the gem squash seeds a  try yet again.  I added lots of compost and planted a row of seeds against the fence.  The choko is supposed to be covering the fence, but has been pretty dormant since I left.  I am hoping regular watering will get it up and growing again.

I also received a lovely little package from MrFothergills with some new varieties to trial. Tasty looking Heirloom tomatoes, I will keep those until after the wet season, but maybe try a few seeds in the spare wicking bed. Last year we had quite an extended dry season so if the same happens this year I might be able to get in another tomato crop.  My little yellow grape tomatoes are awesome.  Definitely my new favourite. I have searched all over the blog to see where I got those seeds, and now of course cant find anything, I am pretty sure they are heirloom ones and the seeds will be true to the fruit.

The cassava is growing well, and will provide shade and mulch, I am not sure when one harvests the roots, or if you even have to, but for now I think it can just hang out and be pretty.

 I cleared out the other half of the side bed, and put the ginger in a row down the middle, when it starts to sprout up in the wet season I will move it to fill the bed again..  A row of borage went behind, and summer savoury towards the front.  I am really not sure if either of those will grow well in this climate.

 Some chamomile went into the center bed - gosh those are tiny seeds.  So that is the bed against the fence tidied up weeded and planted.


  1. Such beautiful tomatoes and your gorgeous lady slipper orchid vine is purely beautiful. I am glad the garden survived your holiday and that is a great idea to scare away the scraggly hen.

    1. Thank you Merryn,
      Yes it is good to be back and out in the garden once again.

  2. Your garden is looking good. Nice and green. I hope you had a nice holiday. x

  3. Welcome back, hope you had a lovely holiday. The slipper orchid is beautiful. I know of Cassava flour, but didn't know it would be a plant you could have in the garden.

    1. Sami,
      Thanks, yes you evidently can dig up the root and grind it into flour - I cant see myself doing that though :)

  4. how busy you have been! it's good to get in and do some organising and planting work like this, isn't it? a really productive feeling.

    1. e,
      well that was the first weekend, I slowed down after that!

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    1. It is, and I love the fact that it is a vine so you get lots of flowers.

  6. So glad you're back safe and sound, and I know you are very happy to be back in the garden. You have done lots of work already, and I'm sure all the plants will settle in well with you around to nurse and baby them.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family in the US.
    Welcome home!

    1. Virginia,
      I did have a great time, although I am missing cuddling my little grandson already.

  7. Such a different gardening regime to ours. I'm sorry to sound ignorant but what are bandicoots?


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