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Green Manure

A few months ago I rejoined The Diggers Club, which is an Australian supplier of heirloom seeds and plants that practises both sustainable and ethical gardening. We had a membership a few years back, but we hadn't renewed it. This year I vowed to make this year our best veggie garden ever, so I rejoined and promptly purchased green manure seeds. The idea of green manure is to grow them in your beds during winter, then when they're mature you did them in so they break down and  ...

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Gardening, Life and Outings

Winter Gardens

I've spent more time in the garden this winter than previous years. There's been tidying of veggie patches, pruning of roses, controlling of dozens of weeds. While my winter garden isn't as pretty as the garden in other seasons, I've enjoyed being out there in the crisp air and have discovered that the there is beauty in the winter garden, you just need to look a little closer…       This post also serves as a bit of a test. I purchased an ipad mini last  ...

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The one where I declare war… on Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm. It’s so pretty and lush in spring. This plant is a number of years old now, but every spring it regrows and looks fantastic. I was pleased to see it also self seeds and welcomed the sweet little seedling that came up in my veggie patch. My lemon balm, possibly through human error, flowers for a little while, then bolts to seed in a rather ugly, leggy fashion. The plant is no longer lush, weeds sneak through it and it looks awful. But never fail! Trimming the leggy bits off  ...

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May Gardening

The weather of the past few weeks has mostly been glorious. We’ve been out in the garden a lot trying to get some things done before winter kicks in. I’m not going to share photos of the clean up jobs we’ve been doing of late as none of them are complete, and it all still looks rather messy. I’ll save them for a before/after come spring. I have been playing with my camera some more, and here’s a few photos I was pleased with. We purchased this rosemary plant four years ago from The Diggers  ...

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From the garden

I bought myself a DSLR earlier this year. I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to taking photos with it, but I do notice the difference between them and the ones I took with the old point and shoot. Especially when it comes to background blur! Here’s some snaps from the garden. Just for a bit of fun I’m posting the original, and a version I’ve popped a filter on in PicMonkey. The last coneflower. I love coneflowers and think they’re just as beautiful looking tattered and torn as  ...

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Veggies!

More veggies; The golden nugget pumpkins were a good choice as they take up a fraction of the space that your usual spreading vine does. The corn was harvested a touch early due to a grub infestation. This year has been our best for zucchini. Time to make some fritters! This is what happens to carrots when you don’t thin the plants.

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The veggie patch

Something I find interesting is the differences between each years veggie patch. Last year corn was a raging success, this year not so. Two years ago we had a tomato forest, this year we’ll be lucky to have five. This years high performers are the golden nugget pumpkins, zucchinis, and cucumbers. We were also very excited to have our first ever peaches! Only two made it to maturity but hopefully it’s a sign that the tree will yield more next year as it matures.

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In the garden

I intentionally skipped yesterday’s post. I was going to skip today’s too, but then I uploaded some photos off the camera from the garden this week and thought I’d share. I just this time of year when everything is flowering and the plants are a lovely lush green. blogtoberfest 23/31

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