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Garden diary w/e 29 July 2018

Inaugural garden post! I decided that coming up with a clever title each week might put me off posting so I’m keeping it very simple and boring for now.

We would really like to grow as many of our own vegetables as possible and some fruit. I would love chickens but I think that might be a step too far for my long-suffering husband.

We have bought to our new home our old compost bin (which we may have to replace soon) and our Bokashi compost system. I am eying up having another go at a worm farm having seen how great the Hungry Bin is.  I have inadvertently killed off several tribes of worms through flooding, dehydrating and under/overfeeding over the years so this may or may not be a good idea.

Weekly round-up:

Already in: lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, garlic

Planted: parsley, cavelo nero, shallots, carrots, several strains of lettuce, silverbeet, spinach, beetroot, celery. Also I transplanted our beautiful heritage rhubarb that  has been being looked after while we are away (we divided it when we moved and left some for the new owners)

Sown: peas, snow peas

Harvested: We have a gorgeous mandarin in a pot and I was hoping the fruit might be ready this week so tried one. Nope! Still very tart so will have to wait a bit longer

Waste: Over the last year or so we have worked hard at reducing our waste and are committed to upping our game. It’s been a good week with only one kitchen bin bag going into the rubbish. Everything else re-cycled, re-used, composted.

We have finally got our new recycle bin, was so happy – we have been without one for three weeks!

Overall a pretty easy week in the garden.

Next week:  I have passionfruit that need to be planted this week and some decisions to be made about fruit trees to espalier. Also sneed to start to think  about the pretty side of the garden. We have a lot of completely empty flower beds…

Would love to see pictures of people’s vegetable gardens – especially if they aren’t as new as mine (so I can be inspired!)

garlic, shallots, silverbeet, celery, carrots, parsley


cavelo nero, lettuce, spinach, beetroot


peas, snow peas, my infamous rhubarb


dwarf mandarin – the sweetest fruit when they are ripe

4 comments on “Garden diary w/e 29 July 2018

  1. Carole Poingdestre

    Wow this is an inspiring post! I want to grow more and waste less too. My small vege patch has been recently expanded into the flower garden. Hubby not at all happy about it, but then he never has been happy about my vege garden as he is a neat freak! Currently in the ground: lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, mint (pot), rosemary, basil, chives, celery, broadbeans, strawberries, a passion fruit (attempt number 10 approx), a lemon and a dear old plum tree which is going to have to come down this year.

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  2. To have your mandarin tree is truly impressive for my northern mind. I love your raised garden bed. It is the way to go to make gardening easier. Best wishes! Peter

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