Let us know what you have been doing in the garden lately plus the tips and tricks to making it work.
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Wow Jane you sure getting into it. Last year I left my garlic a little too late to harvest and they were not that easy to plait together. This time I am going to pick a little earlier. I put in three cloves of elephant garlic which cost about $5 ! ! !
Planted 60 odd garlic bulbs today & took advice from various books/mags about spacings so as not to crowd bulb if planted too close together. Before planting, I laid the bed with lots of sheep pallets, homemade compost riddled with worms & blood & bone. A thick layer of straw over the top to protect from frost & work as mulch to supress weeds should see the garlic off to a good start.
Also planted out spring onions, sprouting brocolli & weeded 2 raised beds then sowed a green cover crop of mustard seeds whilst I am not using the beds in the mean time. I've been using an old cage on the deck covered with a very thick plastic which houses punnets of seedlings which are almost ready for planting out.
They work wonderfully Kate.. A friend of mine uses them all the time.
is it possible to use one of those clear plastic storage bins that I see at the plastic box for $12 as a growingbox/cold frame? has anyone done this or are they too flimzy
Hi Lynn, there are lots of ideas for growing boxes - have you tried googling 'cold frames'. I have used them often in the past and just setting one up with an old window we had taken out. They are really very effective and it is amazing how much you can strike in one. Great for successive plantings.
Not much happening here in the garden. It's cold (hefty frosts) and while we have quite a few sunny days, it's not warm enough for the cold soil. I am having to learn patience (not an easy lesson! LOL) and a new way to garden, I think. I will be building a sort of growing box soon, so that I can start sowing seeds for the spring. Wish me luck!
and it is both you Rex and the other members photos, ideas, tips and positive attitudes which keeps me inspired to do the job. I love this forum. I hope I get to put up some progress photos soon too. Just need to buy a camera.
BTW Kate - we enjoyed "Nothing Trivial" and looking forward to the next series.
Kate - it is the busy people who get things done !! And you sure sound busy. Your garden sounds great.
Hi Rex, while the fruit trees which I just put in are small I will initially put veges into the plots between the beds and have put bulbs and herbs around the trees. When the trees are big I will hope to have made vege beds in front of the orchard area so they can have light and just have flowers and herbs growing between the trees. But making good soil around the orchard was my first priority. I wanted to grow nutrient dense food so was using the EF calcium mix which has other goodies in it too. I will be careful not to overdo it. Thanks for the warning. It is a big area to cover and I have been working steadily over the past months. The rest of the time I am a busy mum of 4 girls, and work part time with my dogs on the TV show Nothing Trivial.
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