As promised here is a post about my garden. It is slowly coming back to life but there is still a lot to do.
First I’ll give you a run down of what I have growing in the garden (edible). My aim is to supply the household with enough edible food so I do not need to rely on shops. A big advantage given my town is what most would say is remote (I personally don’t think the town is too remote and there will be more to come about my town).
Now being a realist (well sometimes) there will be at times when I will need to supplement. This may be due to needing some tropical fruit eg. bananas. If I am not growing it I will endeavour to purchase keeping in mind food miles and my ecological footprint.
So at the moment this is what edible plants I have growing in my garden (or about to be planted:
- Orange tree
- Apricot tree
- Peach tree
- Chilli (carried over from last season)
- Capsicum (carried over from last season)
- Zucchini (seedlings to be planted this weekend)
- Eggplant (seedlings to be planted this weekend)
- Beans (planted seed two weeks ago and still no sign)
- Lavender (several varieties)
- Rosemary (pink and blue flowering types)
- Rhubarb (waiting and hoping it shall come back from its dormancy)
Like I have previously said I still have so much to do. The biggest issue I have at the moment is the garden was left for so long before I moved in and thrown in our long extremely hot summers the soil in many areas has become water resistant (hydrophobic). Essentially this means not only has there been a lack of water in the garden but there has been no organic matter added into the soil. Believe it or not it is very important to feed your soil. If there are any readers that have had similar issues I would love to hear from you and hear what tips you have to beat this problem. I’m hoping with the set up of my compost bin and soon to be set up worm farm I will have a continuous supply of soil food.
My other big threat to the overall maintenance of the garden is this little chap.
His name is Artoo as in R2-D2. He was born on Star Wars Day and it just seemed to be such an appropriate name. I must admit he is quite a good puppy and when he does find something of interest he takes back to his bed (I believe he could be part bower bird). He hasn’t dug too many holes and even the ones he has they have been out the way. My partner and I will be putting a fence around the veggie patch to prevent any heartache. I’ve been utilising the front garden as well as he doesn’t spend a lot of time out there. I may as well use the space.
Well that’s my serve today. Now the weather is warming up I have plenty of projects to get underway and I’m sure I will share them with you.
Take care. Love Shaszi xxx