Monday, March 28, 2016

Garden share collective - colour

The latest garden share collective calls for a a post about colour.  Well I suppose brown is a colour!
I have been preparing the soil for my main growing season during the last couple of weeks.  I spread out some manure (brown), sprinkled a little lime (white)  and after lightly digging that in I spread brown cardboard over the top of that!
Our local Coles supermarket has been selling little potted herbs for 1.98.  These are the best deal ever, they are so crammed with little plants, that I have been buying them and then using them as little transplants.  3.95 for a six pack or 1.98 for a million pack!  I got fennel, parsley and even capsicum (the capsicum had two plants.)  Here is  some of the fennel.  They are such delicate little plants, so I just lay them into a trough and filled in from the side.  I know we are on the edge of the fennel growing area, so they might not form a bulb.
 Two different kinds of parsley were planted in the wicking beds, with eggplant in the center.
 I have some overseas visitors coming in the beginning of April and realized that since I was short on cardboard, the area near the pathway had uncovered soil and the manure was beginning to attract some flies.  So I thought it might have cooled down enough to pop a few seeds in and cover the ground with some mulch.  No job in the garden is ever a small job, but this seemed more enticing than the cleaning of windows which had been my original chore for today.  Oh golly I find is so easy to be enticed out into the garden.  This little section under the cherry tree had its edges straightened and some seeds planted.  We will just have to walk out into the garden instead of looking out at it through the dirty windows!
 Further back will just have have to wait until I have more time.  The area against the fence has some green beans against the fence and two rows of fennel.  I did put up the shade cloth as the sun is still pretty fierce.
The sweet potato have been dug out and the soil amended, then cardboard laid over the top.  The very back section behind the pawpaw tree is where I put the last of my grass. (Yes it is all gone!)  I laid it upside down in a huge pile and then covered with cardboard.  It will eventually rot down into lovely soil.
That citrus tree at the very back of this bed is a mandarin lime and it has never shown any sign of flowering or fruiting.  It has good soil, happy leaves - what else should I try?
In the next month I need to straighten and secure all the edges of these beds, and plant out some beets, radishes and tomatoes.
Oh!  I found some colour - the coffee beans are starting to turn red, so I am going to have to do some research to see how those need to be processed.
Check out all the other gardeners on the Garden Share Collective here at Rosehips and Rhubarb.

12 comments:

  1. Maybe your citrus needs some stress to encourage it to bear. Try beating it a bit or giving it's a good prune. My Dad always said that cutting back all the dead would was a good as a load of manure.

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    1. Hi Audrey,
      You know I have never pruned that tree, since it has lots of room. Thanks, going to do that this weekend! (I never beat my children! lol!)

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  2. I'm living vicariously through your gardening posts since we are under water restrictions for 3 months (March 1 - May 31)..can't wait till I can plant and water as I please again.
    Your food garden is coming along nicely.

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    1. We had water restrictions too, but could still water on alternate days with a hand held hose. Hope you can get out into the garden again soon.

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  3. I need to clean my windows too but, like you, the garden is a much better place to spend my time.

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  4. I can't wait to read how you work with the coffee beans. I think dirty windows are fine! Who cares when you can head outside as you say �� Your garden is looking wonderful and is a testament to your hard work

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    1. Kyrstie,
      I just received your book "grow just one thing" in the mail - thank you. What a beautiful book - it is jam packed with useful information. I love this time of year when the weahter becomes more bearable.

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  5. I'm with the others -- interested to know how you go about harvesting coffee beans and whether the results taste good.

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    1. My first little batch seems to be dried ok - just letting them sit for a week until I try the roasting and grinding.

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  6. I would do anything to avoid washing windows too :-) lovely to see how green and lush your garden looks. I'm pulling out my summer crops, and it's so very dry down here - it's a struggle to keep things alive.

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    1. We think we have had such dry weather lately, but I suppose that doesnt compare! I love to see what you do in your garden.

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