The Winter Garden

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Shadowgirlau
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The Winter Garden

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:39 am

I see we have been a little quiet with regards to our winter gardens or is maybe more likely that our gardens are being discussed elsewhere?

My excuse is being over worked and underpaid (as in no pay at all). I told Dh when he retired that we was only substituting paid employment for unpaid servitude so not to get to excited and a few months later he told - you weren't kidding were you? :lol:
Anyway, I thought I was busy when I had a young family and worked full time but believe me I am much busier now than ever before.

Anyway back to this garden, I can report that i am so very pleased with the garden this year. Although I have not finished making sleeves for my garden nets the 4 (of 8) which are done work very well at providing a lovely micro climate for my veggies. Have carrots, parsnip, silver beet, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and swede on the go in the beds and a row of brown onions elsewhere.

Have yet to complete pruning my fruit trees (I did a few but since then have seen a branch here and there which can go, have also pruned back some of my berry vines but again could do some more.

Next on the list will be the irrigation for summer to those beds.

Oh I have also been planting a little in what will eventually be my ornamental garden. i could really do with some help in this area though.

So what have you all been up to?

Kathleen
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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby minnie » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:27 am

Hi Kathleen,

Waiting for spring here!

Had a light frost this morning and dived out to water the strawberries, they're going nuts! :P

Otherwise cattle feed is our main thing at the moment.
:)
Vicki

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Heidi » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:41 pm

:evil: There is nothing albeit a few withered cucumbers in my vegie patch. Its just too wet, and the rain has compacted the soil. I'll need to ask DH to rotary hoe it again, but firstly, I'm going to add lots of organic material. The only useful purpose our vegie garden has served in the past 6 months is to bury the carcasses of the animals that we've had home butchered. Waste not want not!
H

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby minnie » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:04 am

Hi Heidi,

I'm doing almost the same just keeping the poo going in, and I said to DH as soon as I can, without fear of bogging the rotary hoe, I'll rotaty hoe and then put some old rhodes (or a new bale whichever is easiest) over it to keep it nice and weed free until spring.

My plan has chooks incarcerated into their yard though.

So many things on the list, and chook house in their yard is not done yet... after shed, paddock for cattle, then yard with the head bale so I can liver fluke them, getting quite concerned about fluke with the wet gullies etc this year. Then hopefully the house to get a kitchen where I can install my dishwasher and have some bench. Oh no, I feel quite tired thinking of all the things poor DH has to do. ;)
:lol:
vicki

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Shadowgirlau » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:05 am

Oh dear Vicki I see another long wait for a kitchen in your future judging by that list. :( At least you will have company though as I see a long wait in my future also.

I let my chooks out occasionally for an hour in the morning and for an hour or so in the late afternoon. If I let them out late enough then they will put themselves to bed and it is easier for me to lock up. Gotta keep them safe from "Foxy Loxy" :lol: you know. As I have my veggie beds netted most of the time I don't have to worry about them helping myself to my goodies although when i want the beds manured and let to sit for awhile I leave the nets off. The chooks love to go in the empty beds at these times. I have noticed that since i started doing this I no longer have as many problems with those little black beetles and slaters so a win win on every side.

Kathleen
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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby minnie » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:34 pm

Hi Kathleen,

We either don't have foxes or really lucky chooks! ;)

Ours aren't being locked up and as DH says 'they're feral' and calls them 'rats with wings' :lol: ... someone said if you have dingoes you don't have foxes but... I do know I haven't even see a dead one on the side of the road out here.

Watch them with mulch, they'll eat all the worms... we've got a big wire fence thingy (round) made from old thick mesh that we have worms in, with manure and paper and hay etc that the chooks can't get in, otherwise we wouldn't have a worm. Around the edges they must come out and the chooks scratch around quite a bit.

Vicki

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Heidi » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Ha... the list never ends. I thought we had everything done, but it seems not! Stable roof needs replacing, we need a lean to over the flood mound, car repairs, and very little pasture! I'm looking out at all my animals, and thinking which ones I can part with... the big Thoroughbred paddock ornament is going. However, I probably replacing him with another two, so I'm justifying that there is only a net increase of one animal I have to handfeed!

Oops... this has gotten way off the thread of the winter garden!

H

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby minnie » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:17 am

Ah it's the nature of the forum, to meandering through other topics unrelated to the thread. :lol: I seem to do it more than most, but then DH says I do it in conversation as well. :o

You're right about that list!

Vicki

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby huxter09 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:18 pm

Hello to all

I have a large number of leeks in plus some winter onions ,loads of garlic planted ,some cabbages not quite ready and kale that we are eating our way through .Surprisingly I still have some pumpkins to harvest .Wednesday night we had a pumpkin soup with coriander picked out of the lawn where it has self-seeded .I can never get it to grow properly in the warmer weather as it bolts but at least I have feral coriander everywhere at the moment .I have planted some English spinach but we are still eating the silverbeet which hasn't run to seed or got bitter yet .

I'll leave the fruit trees till next week for pruning .And I have several new trees on order ,with their holes dug and prepared .C. has me preparing to pull down the pergola and build a bigger newer version ! So far I have pulled off all the lattice and the amount of light in that end of the house is amazing .So we might go for reo walls this time and some deciduous creepers to allow winter sun in .

We have fat cows about to calve any day and a couple of steers that should have an appointment with their butcher ! I lost a calf last year ,first for over 20 years ,but was able to get a black baldy 3 day old calf at the saleyards ,which was a battle to get the mother to take on .I'd just about given up when she just started feeding him herself and now he is nearly a year old and looking good

Planty of firewwod to cut and stack and the lawns are still growing as we are yet to get really cold .Dams are full too ,first time in winter for 12 years .

Life goes on

Paul

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby minnie » Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:49 pm

Hi Paul,

I always get transported when reading about your garden, it sounds lovely with the feral coriander (I've had the same thing ;) ) and the full dams.

:D
Vicki

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:58 pm

Hello Paul,
Lovely to see you pop backing in the forum knowing how busy you are. Your garden sounds wonderful feral coriander and all :lol:

I have since added kale and leek to our garden. The cabbage brocolli and cauliflower are all powering along well this year so we must have done something right after last years poor showing. We had veg last year it just wasn't up to my standard :D
We have two lambs which need a date with the butcher, I really must look into that.

In the mean time, I have been looking for the plan I drew up for our house garden. I managed to find the plans for the old house rear garden but not the front plan for our new house. Darn it! I may have to redraw it. Oh I did also find the plans I had drawn up for irrigating our veggie garden and orchard area along with the plan I drew for the hothouse and the shade house.

Never ending I tell you :lol:

Kathleen
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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Mojojo » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:43 am

I love hearing what everyone else is up to in the garden... get to pinch everyone's ideas... :lol:
I harvested the last of the tomatoes last week, wow, a heap of them there at the end, they were spending their last few days being ripened in the windowsill in big baskets. I think I have about 12 kilos in the freezer, was just throwing them in whole so will wash them and sauce them up soon. I also made a batch of green tomato pickle with those that were not going to make it to ripe.

My garlic is going great, about 50 out of 70 that we planted on Anzac day are up and away. 40 odd leeks starting to fatten, a few beetroot a couple of weeks away from harvesting, peas climbing up the trellis, and the tomato beds about to get some purple sprouting broccoli, and I might see how same late beetroot go. Spinach, silverbeet, and three colours of carrots seem to be going along OK down the side of the house where they have no chance of frost. Maybe will chuck some Kale in where the second tomato patch was, or maybe green manure.

Oh and I have four bags of potatoes... The ones in the cupboard sprouted, so I mixed up some compost, soil, manure, and old sugar cane mulch, let it mature, then put some in the bottom of four old dynamic lifter bags, rolled the tops down on the bags and put the spuds in, I keep unrolling them and topping them up with the mix so hopefully I will have sacks of potatoes in a couple of months!

As its the first year in the new (old) house, its all a bit of a tester to see what goes well where and when.
~ Jo
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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:37 am

Fantastic Jo, is wonderful to hear about what others are doing as it not only leads to more ideas but also gives others a chance to see what can be accomplished.

Good luck with the potatoes.

Ours have not been very good these past two years and DH said he wasn't going to do them again so I am going to prepare a site and have a go at doing them. Might pinch your idea myself and try two alternative methods instead of just the one I was considering.

Kathleen
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:46 am

Okay, the garden has finally started producing something edible again. I think it had just been too cold in the end for it to mature as it should have. Picked two bucket fulls of broccoli, blanched sealed and frozen in meal sizes and I have 6 baby cauliflowers ready for the same treatment although that is a job for the weekend. Silver beet has started to show some leaf also. Shall buy another punnet of broccoli today in the hope of getting at least one more harvest of this before summer.

Still have not started the potato bed so that is on the agenda for this weekend as well. I bought a cloche recently and hope to set it up on one of the beds to start warming the soil and hopefully giving a head start to some of the summer veggies. I have discovered that it is cool enough over here that our growing season isn't quite long enough for the summer veg if I am relying on the calender.

Kathleen
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby Mojojo » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:11 am

Well, the tops of the potatoes got absolutely consumed by something or other, Inever found out what.
So I tipped out the three bags, and got a couple of fist sized ones and plenty of newies, and millions of worms. A bit longer might have been alright.
So, the rolled up bag thing definitely works!

The rascally rabbit from over the back fence got all the peas when they were a few inches high and most of the spinach and silverbeet.
I tells ya, that wabbit is looking for trouble.

Nearly time to start tomato seedlings again!
~ Jo
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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby dggoatlover » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:58 am

Naughty bunny! We have had a litte furry creature breaking into the chooks pens and stealing their grain at night - its looks like a rat but its a bit bigger and the tail is brushy. I am guessing a bandicoot or a native species?

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Re: The Winter Garden

Postby minnie » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:57 pm

Desley,

It sounds like a phascogale, they say they eat chooks (rip their throats out), but none of them here or at my Mum's have done that... they're protected and on the threatened species (I think).

Absolutely beautiful creatures and it's mating time they're going nuts here running through the roof and the walls and exploding onto the veranda early evening... they sleep all day but they'll keep rats, mice, cockroaches away as they're carnivorous. Once they mate the male dies. But at this time they're looking for females.

If you google phascogale you'll see images and information about them, we love them.
:D
Vicki


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