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Latest Activity: Sep 10
With the wet drizzly weather we are having, cricket is the only alternative ! This cricket doesn't chirp though.
Jane - that honeywort has a life of its own ! I cleaned a whole patch out and kept one little plant - the next summer - kaboom! heaps of it. But I dont actually mind it really, it fills up space easily and makes a nice backdrop to an annual border.
One of my veggie gardens are riddled with honeywort seeds sprouting every which way! It's quite a sight. I thought that I would leave the plant in the veggie patch so that I could collect the seed little did I know millions of seeds were already dropping all over the place. Looks like I have a lot of re planting elsewhere. Planted more red cabbage seedlings & basil. Love the stuff.
Rex, I don't think ANY crickets are good for the garden! LOL
Sowed more carrots and planted out celery seedlings yesterday.
Sitting around watching cricket is not good for the garden!
I have got quite a lot of winter vege in now - approx 70 leeks, three lots of cabb/broc/cauli in succession, two lots of celery, one small plot of broadbeans [thanks Lynn] three lots of carrots.
One lot of spuds to dig. Maybe try another if I get them in within the next week or so.
I have comfrey growing under my apple trees too, and through the chook area - lovely stuff!!
My bunnies (Wild ones) love chomping down my beautiful hidcote lavender... Must work out a way to 'bunny-proof' them...
I have comfrey growing under all my fruit trees & just the this morning I noticed the red clover I had forgotten all about. It's entwined with the clover & it looks good. Both are good for the fruit trees as it adds nitrogen to the soil. Good idea with the lavender Rex. I love lavender so I'll give that a go next time I gotta trim them.
LOL Rex - I just plain love broad beans! I'll plant them any time. Who cares? hehe
When I had an apple tree the apples always had codlin moth. I planted lavender under it, and when I trimmed other lavender plants i tied the trimmings to the apple tree. The codlin disappeared in one season and we had beautiful old fashioned granny smiths - stewed up for breakfast or made into apple pies.
I picked my first 3 eating apples from my winter banana apple tree today and they were so crunchie & tasty - similar to a gala apple. 4 cooking apples from the balarat apple tree for tonights apple pie & 1 cider apple from the slack my girdle apple tree just to see if codling moth had affected it & I'm happy to report back that aside from a few slaters on the top of all of them the insides were all free of damage. Two years of growth...feeling happy as I've never grown an apple tree before. Lets hope that in a few more years the pears & plums will be delicious too!
I was looking through some back copies of Weekend Gardener and came across an excellent article on gardening based on principles of permaculture. It is simply written, very relevant to the home gardener and gives excellent ideas around a holistic approach.
It is vol 306 date: 6.1.2011
Well worth a look. Your local library might have a copy if you dont get this mag.
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