Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lazy Saturday

It's raining...again. Don't get me wrong I am loving it but I just wanted to do a little bit of gardening today. Not to worry tomorrow is another day plus I am back to working part-time this week (so far!). With no gardening on the agenda this morning, I have been lazy.

I woke up at 6am which was a bit rude, so I nicked out the back to check the rain gauge. Wearing thongs and party pussy with an umbrella - glamorous! I rechecked and emptied it at 9am and we had had 18mm. This follows on from the 6mm we had the other day.

I am rather enamoured with the rain gauge at the moment - new toy syndrome I think.

My snow peas are coming along rather well and I will be fixing up there climbing frame over the next couple of days. I want to make something out of what we already have or at least part of it so I will have to do some thinking in Dave's garage.

We went down town and bought the new Grass Roots mag, had a cuppa at the cafe and got the kids to pick out some dvds for the weekend. Then we went to the library and we all got some new books. At the cafe Dave and I shared a serve of raisin toast and it was HUGE! Even bigger than the one Mum ordered when she was up here!

We went back downtown at 3 for some bread (gluten flour STILL has not come and going to make bread tomorrow without it I am having withdrawals) and the river had come up with minor flooding. Apparently all our low level bridges will be cut off this evening. Nothing like a little flooding to bring a bit of excitement to an afternoon.

Lastly I cut some daffodils from the front garden to put in my bud vase. They look and smell lovely.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Things Done!

I have finished Mum's birthday present and if you don't want it I will have it Back! LOL! I have also finished mine and Amelias scarfs.

Still working on Wes's bed socks and Kate's birthday present. When will it all end??

Also a big Happy Birthday to Aunty Wilma for last weekend! Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Arrivals

On the weekend we picked up and planted our apple tree. The ground was very clayey so we added a stack of mulch and some home brand potting mix (it was the only one without fertiliser) to give it a bit of a go. The Hessian around it was suggested by Shirley for coddling moth, you burn the Hessian at the end of winter and hopefully any moth eggs with it.Mitre 10 was having a ticket sale and we had a 40% off ticket for anything under $50 so we got this dwarf peach tree. We have put it in this pot but are going to get a bigger one when we can afford it. It grows to about 2 m tall so will be a little taller than Dave.I also bought a punnet of broccoli for the new garden. I think I have an addiction to buying plants - I will need a heap of overtime to keep feeding this addiction!Another new arrival (or four). This is a curry plant that was reduced to $5. The pot was only $8. I think something like this would make a great house warming present without breaking the bank. Behind the curry plant is 3 strawberry plants we got from the markets on Sunday for 3 for $10. I thought that was pretty reasonable.
Finally here is Amelia modelling one of two cardigans Mum sent her. They are really warm and they are real wool. She loves them and so do I - if they were only 20 sizes bigger I would live in them!On another note I am finding some things really hard to source locally. But I will persist and see how I go. I have found meat and the closest baking flour is (so far) from Dementer Mill in Gunnedah - though they don't sell direct to the public so I think I will have to buy it from Armidale. Hmmmm something to think about.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Morning Around the Garden

I had a quick trip around the garden this morning, have a look what I found........
This lettuce is looking alot better than the last lot, I think the frost killed off the last lot.
You can see the raddishes starting to poke up out of the dirt.

Dave did dig the Maybush out after all.

The first bulb that flowered.

Doesn't the Fairy garden look good in the morning light.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Its Raining, Its Pouring

Everyone is still in bed. I'm the only one who has to be anywhere today - and its raining, actually its bucketing down! It will be a great day for curling up on the lounge and crafting.

Dave and Wes were going to dig a Maybush out today as it is sitting in what will be the apple tree's new home, dont think that will be happening, though the rain will soften up the ground so that is helpful.

I think I will take some knitting to work so that at lunch I can get some of it done - thats ANOTHER project that is close to being finished. I just need to not start anymore!

In other news the seeds I found in that tin, havent done anything, so I am reading them their last rites. Just too long out of expiry (amost over 10 years!)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Apples and Almonds

We went up to the Tree Tenders nursery yesterday and they had some bare rooted fruit trees. I have had it in my mind to get some trees and voila! there they were. We have got them to put aside a grafted apple tree - it has pink lady and jonathan, so we dont need to have two as it will self pollinate. We are also getting an almond tree that self pollinates too. Shirley, the nursery lady, was telling us that she believes people have lost their connection with food and with the land in general. She says gardening promotes our natural instincts. Put like she did you just have to agree!

What she said was timely too as on Friday at work, when I wasnt serving the great people of Inverell, the girls and I were discussing how these days a lot of people just put dinner together and dont actully do much cooking at all.

Went to the library yesterday and got -
  1. Grass Roots magazine
  2. Gardening Australia x 2
  3. Home fruit growing guide
  4. The Backyard Homestead
  5. Nourishing Traditions

Lots more reading! Have nearly finished Mums birthday present and halfway through Kates. Just got to keep at it.

Digging in the Dirt

Well we have finished the garden bed and it looks brilliant! We needed two loads of dirt to fill it and I put a stack of cow manure in it too (Mitre 10 had a split bags for only $3 each). I am so pleased with it and Dave is already talking about building another. He is now really into it but is trying to pretend he is restrained!I have planted onions (both red and brown), brussell sprouts and some cabbages. The cabbages have been transplanted from my other garden as they were a bit close. After taking this picture I put some mulch on it too. Having a think about what else to plant.Hilton's nursery was having a 20% off sale so I bought this Bay tree and pot. Apparently the tree will dwarf itself due to the pot size. This sounds right as Mitre 10 has had one growing in a pot for as long as we have been going there and its going okay. Between the seedlings and this I have spent nearly all of my pocket money for the fortnight!Dave finally put up the weather vane his Mum got us 3 years ago! We are only really using it for the rain gauge. Its meant to shower pretty much all this week.This is where I am going to try and grow some garlic. It is probably more shaded then they will like but in a book I read that they will still grow just a little more slowly. Since this was the spot I had for some seeds that didnt take off I thought I most well give them a go. This is where we are going to put an arch at the side of the house, its also where the pumkins are going to grow. I will have to make sure that they dont over take next doors!I found these while ahaving a poke around the side. They will definately have to stay.And Finally here is Wes with his braces. I had to beg for this photo! His teeth have never been so clean!

Monday, July 5, 2010


It looks really good, I had to put a pic up just to show you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Other News

I went to the markets today and picked a bit of fruit and veg. The first Sunday markets are the little ones so I will have to top up at the green grocers but its always nice to see the people who have grown your food.

Yesterday I went to the library (arent I frugal?) and got some books (surprise!) This is what I checked out:

  1. The New Hard Times Handbook
  2. Ready, Steady, Lunchbox
  3. Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate
  4. Crochet Inspiration
  5. 100 Mile Diet
  6. Aug/Sept 2009 Grass Roots

Hopefully they will all give me a bit of information on something I need to know!

Today I planted radish, carrots, long beetroots and a blue flower mix. I also transplanted some more lettuce seedling. I am hoping they will be more successfull now I have taken Dad's advice and put some plastic down to protect them from frost.

Maiden Solo Soapmaking!

Well I did it, I made soap by myself! I used eucalyptus oil and did a pink layer and a green layer in the silicon mould. I am hoping it will turn out ok. You can just see the layer through the mould in the picture below. I put a black mark on the picture to show it a bit better.

I think the green looks a little snottish. What do you think?

This is a little bit of leftover that I threw into this mould. It lets you see the colour a bit better.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Some Things Like the Cold!

After weeks of a fairly green Fairy garden, things are starting to look up! These are flowering along the right had side of the garden. I say "these" as I have no idea what they are called. Mum told me but I can't remember!

This is looking really good and the colour is striking.

Drum roll please.....looks like the primulas are FINALLY starting to get ready to flower.

Here are the violets looking lovely.