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Things are looking a little funky at the moment, please stick with me for the next few days, as outside blogland things are going to be crazy (I’m turning into party central!)

So between parties and a fabulous dinner with girlfriends, I will be enjoying the lovely chilly weather that has rolled in and wish you all

Happy Gardening!



In the Garden

Out In the garden …

::  I’m Love, Loving the very late season cucumbers.  It’s always surprising how far I can push plants into the next ‘season.’  With frost expected early next week, I will pick the last of the cucumbers later  today.  Along with the basil and lettuce.

::  Lots of volunteer lettuce have popped up in my carrot rows.  These tiny lettuce will be eaten whole.  With the last of the cucumber, the last 6 cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar it can be a  ‘Last hurrah to summer salad…’

::  Finally the Calendulas are flowering.  Once there is sufficient blooms I will be making this lotion/ salve.  I.can.not.wait!

::  The back verandah and herb garden are looking miserable. *Sigh*  Some days I need to split myself into 2.  But with a few spare hours this weekend, I will be sweeping, scrubbing, weeding and planning.  Oh the plans I have for this little area!  A Big white table, water feature, rock edging and flowers for winter colour.

::  And finally here is Max sporting a Mama made PJ top (that he refused to take off for a whole day) and his version of smiling for the camera!  It still surprises me he is 26 months old already, how time flies.

{this moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  www.soulemama.com

A Newly Hatched Praying Mantis Baby about to be released into the garden!  This is our almost-9yr-old proudly showing it off after waiting 3 weeks for them to hatch!

papergirl Toowoomba

Gosh how did I miss this?  How much fun would it be to be involved in this project?  I think it maybe time to dust off my brushes and whip up a work….   You can find more information about papergirl Toowomba here or try a search engine to see if there is a papergirl project near you!

Paper Girl is participatory, analogue, non-commercial and impulsive.  It is a worldwide art initiative that can involve anyone – including you!  It’s about bringing art to the public, surprising people in their daily lives.  
Paper Girl is an art project that was started in Berlinby Aisha Ronniger and is now initiated worldwide.  It consists of exhibitions, workshops and a distribution campaign where works donated by artists are handed out to the public at random in the style of a paperboy run.

  • Anyone can be involved by either submitting artwork or writing, or helping to distribute the works via bicycle.
  • Paper Girl is distributed like a newspaper, but not edited or printed.  The works are artistic originals, which are rolled up. Contributions can be submitted by mail or in person to the host of that project.  Each work is unique, whether it be originals, prints, photographs, copies or writing – as long as it can be rolled up.
  • The distribution of the works is an integral part of the project.  Works must be delivered by volunteers riding on bicycles, who ride through the designated route and throw the works out at random to people in the street.  The receiver is left up to chance, as there is no time for stereotyped thinking in selecting the recipients.

*Information taken from http://www.madecreativespace.com/papergirl-twmba.html

Planting Garlic

It seems it was only  a few months ago I was pulling my bumper crop of garlic.  Yet it is that time again for sowing garlic.  This year I feel that I’m planting late, but with such wacky weather lately I decided it was best to wait until the autumn chill rolled in.  (We were having 28C days!) 

Last week the weather finally begin to feel right and I noticed a few of the garlic bulbs beginning to shoot – a sure sign it was time.  This year I’ve decided 3 square metres of garlic maybe a bit too much.  Instead I am planting out 1m for our use and 1m for selling or gifting.

A few garlic planting tips:  Don’t try to grow foreign grown garlic it’s been treated and won’t grow.  Try farmers markets or look for ‘Australian Grown’   Select the biggest fattest cloves in the bulb, the tiny centre ones will grow, however they won’t produce lovely fat bulbs.  Check your pH garlic likes a fairly neutral soil of 6.5.   Plant the pointy bit up and if you have children helping check the bulbs before you cover them.  Finally full sun, water and wait

Happy Gardening

Chill in the Air

Oh finally the balmy evenings are slipping into the cooler nights of winter!  Hurrah.  Out in the garden rather late garlic has gone in, along with peas, snow peas, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers and more carrots.  The gardens are filling up with winter plants.  And the trees are beginning to cover the yard with leaves.  It won’t be long until the oak tree looks like this.

And in slightly more exciting news my laptop is fixed!   YAY!

Happy Gardening!

Creating my Goddess Year workbook

Ok I’m not usually one to advertise on my blog.  But this is something I’ve been using now for the last 4 months and I’m In Love with It.

Balancing Family, Gardening, Life in general and my Pursuits.  Oh my it has been a struggle.  After working my way through this guide I can see what I want to do, want to achieve through out this year.  Leonnie has plenty of info on her site about this guide, so I will keep it short and sweet.  Please if you’re interested in purchasing the guide click through my link, as I will earn a little back.  Many thanks!

Oh yes, More Poultry!

After the death of two hens in early March and egg numbers, almost none existent, I felt it was time to increase our flock numbers again.

The two that passed away were hybrid hens – the two red hens in the above image.  Known to be great layers (with hilarious personalities) these hens are bred for the sole purpose to lay.  Often all through winter too.  But sadly with tendency to lay themselves to death.  I won’t go into the details but I could see it happening and tried my best to nurse them back to good health but it was inevitable.  Both died within two weeks of each other.

I waited a few weeks to make sure no others were sick, before deciding to bring in new layers.  What breed of hen to get this time?  I knew I wouldn’t be buying hybrid hens again. Oh the decisions….  I decided upon Bantams.  Small, quiet and kid friendly.  Also I could have more of them!

Now for a little plug to a local business, Ornamental Poultry.  Situated at Zimms Corner.  Oh what a range they have!  At our visit they had a lovely range of Pekin and Silky Bantams.  We picked out a black Silky, a black Pekin and a splash Pekin.  Tiny bits of fluff who should begin laying within the month.  If I had room I would have also picked out a few Light Sussex, a few more ducks and maybe guinea fowl too.

Now 4 days later the ‘new girls’ are looking rather ‘at home.’  Happily scratching in the dirt and enjoying the sunshine.  Now for those eggs…

choko… one word… big plant

Chokos have a reputation.  Big, invasive, did I mention big and usually the vegetable you see for free on the side of the road.

Can you see that ‘dead’ stuff up there in the tree.  Click on the image if you can’t.  Yes that is the remains of our choko that. got. BIG.  Up up it went into the oak tree.  5m 10m 15m  maybe even more.  It fruited and then the giant fruit began to fall.  Off with its branches I declared.  Before it knocks out an innocent chicken or child.

Yes Chokos can get big.  But when you grow them in a pot, it is rather easy to bring them back under control…..

Easier than I thought

Sometimes I’m prone to over thinking things.  Maybe I spend too much time with a toddler (who turns 2… 2! on Friday)  or it is just my personality.  But I had this crazy idea in my head that growing climbing beans wouldn’t work in my gardens.  Not enough room, they need a frame, blah blah blah….  I have several types packets of seeds in my collection but I never sow them.

Until now.

I usually grow dwarf beans.  Little plants, fast growing and produce a lot in a small space.  However in the last 2 years a rusty fungal disease has attacked the plants.  The last crops so bad I’ve had to pull them out.  Desperate to keep the beans coming in (1 of only 3 vegetables Mr6 will eat)  I dug through my seed packets and came across a packet of climbing beans.

What did I have to lose?

Why oh why have I never planted these before?  In this 100L tub I have maybe 10 plants.  And the beans are pouring in!

So I’m left asking myself what was so hard about growing climbing beans?