Gardening

Getting the garden up and running again

If you've been following this blog for a few years you may remember that I used to talk about gardening a bit. I was quite proud of my little vegie patch, I managed to grow quite a bit of what we ate (though potatos proved to be my nemisis).

Anyway, for a couple of years I haven't maintained a vegie garden. The old beds have been torn down and replaced with a trampoline for the kids, the compost heap has lain unturned for a couple of years and things have basically returned to what they were before I started.

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Latest Gardening Update

With all the Waving I've been doing lately I thought I'd break the monotony by doing a quick update about the Garden.

Over the winter we pulled out the zuchinnis and squash and for a while the beds lay unused. I turned them over occasionally but couldn't really get enthused about growing anything. Then my mum gifted us with a few packets of seeds and a few punnets of Broccoflower and I finally got back into the planting mood.

So to date we have:

BroccoFlower: 

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Fractal Broccoli and Our First Pumpkin

Just thought I would do a quick update on the vegie garden. The beds have been left alone for a little while now, I would love to say that they've been lovingly tended for the winter growing season, however whats really happened is that I haven't had the inclination to tackle the work to repair the beds until now.

However that being said we're starting to re-populate the beds and today we planted some Romanseco Broccoli Romano, other wise known as Fractal Broccoli.

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Sweet Potato Growing - Hey It Actually Worked

A while ago I posted a how to on growing sweet potato in which I essentially filled a tyre with dirt and compost, put a sprouted sweet potato bit in and hoped for the best.

Well it turns out that I was "Doing It Right(tm)". Below you can see out first sweet potato, pulled fresh from the ground:

Sweet potato

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Radishes - For Food and Plant Health

Today I'm going to spend some time planting radish seeds through out the various beds. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, both Karin and my father in law are big fans of radishes, so they're a surety to be actually eaten (rather than ending up in the compost heap). Secondly, they are also a good companion plant for other fruit and vegies.

Companion planting is something else I'm going to be looking into for the Autumn/Winter season. If I can get pest control through the development of symbiotic relationships rather than the use of chemicals, all the better I think.

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Gardening - A Summer Wrapup

I haven't blogged in a while about the garden so with the changing of the seasons, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on our first foray into vegie gardening.

I started this as an therapuetic exercise. It was something I could do that was away from the computer, got me outside and in the sun. However it soon grew into something that I was genuinely interested in. I found that the process of building the beds, preparing the compost and soils, and dealing with the various challanges that comes with raising vegies gave me a meditative outlet I couldn't find elsewhere.

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Completing the Cycle - Getting Seeds From Your Zucchini

Last night I thought I would try my hand at harvesting seeds from one of our jumbo zucchinis. The zucchini in question had turned woody and very soft in the middle so I thought I'd give it a go.

Step 1:

The first step is to get your zucchini and tools together. Below is my starting point:

Step 2:

Next we remove the pulpy core with the seeds:

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Sweet Potatos, Tomatos and YAJZ

I haven't blogged in a little while, so I thought I would do a quick update on the Garden.

First up we have our Cherry Tomatos which are just about ready to pick:

Seeing as Ms 3 is our resident Tomato fiend, she'll have the honour of picking the first batch.

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Planting A Sweet Potato

Karins Grandmother gave us an old piece of sweet potato she found in the back of her cupboard. It had started to sprout so she thought we could do something with it. "Well", I thought, "Why not?"

The first thing I did was check to see if it was still viable. I used the incredibly scientific method of chucking it in the old compost heap (the one the pumpkin vine is growing out of) and then checking on it a week later to see if there was any new growth. When I checked it this morning, there were new buds, so onto the next stage.

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That's a Big Zuchinni

Our Zuchinni's are finally getting to the point where we can harvest them, and below is the biggest one :)

Big Zuchinni

I've also started using the liquid manure I've been brewing. It's a foul smelling, dark green liquid, but it should be full of planty goodness. I would put a photo up here, but it's not exactly the most appealing sight.

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