Monday, 31 March 2014

I am a lazy gardener

I think Im the most lazy gardener I dont like to dig, and when I read about lasagna gardening and no dig gardens well... they were the gardens for me.
In this house things get done gradually and most of my yard is done bit by bit all by me so its a work in progress all the time and there is always something to do. There is nothing flash in this back yard everything is mainly from recycled materials.  My back yard is on a sloping hill and is terrible to mow as there are rocks popping up through the earth.  In the picture below I decided to plant fruit trees and place a garden around them so I dont have to mow around them. Eventually the dead looking grass will be replaced by crushed rock so its a bit like a food forrest.
As you can see the garden isnt quite finished I start of with cardboard then heaps of horse manure then I have the waste from the chicken pen, compost and then I will finish of with some mushroom compost and peastraw. But its still a work in progress oh and then there is what plants will I plant around the fruit trees.

 This one above is also still a work in progress I only have cardboard and horse manure on this so far.
 Im still working on this one above, Im upto putting on the mushroom compost then plants
 This is the same one but further down the yard it needs a top up of compost as well and gravel where the dead grass is.
 You get the general idea I just dont dig this was all just placed on top of the grass, the photos are not that great but you get the idea.
 I had somebody make these vege beds from old pallets
 This is just outside the chook pen and its the same idea no dig just compost. Im slowly filling them with plants
This is my helper she doesnt like to dig either.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday rest day

Its nice to actually get a day at home pottering around outside I really need it for balance in my life, I dont actually rest as I find that a bit boring I have to be doing something always.
But just to be at home and potter in the garden is lovely .
The day started out cleaning out rabbit pens and chook pens.
 Which is great for the gardens lovely rich mulch.
 The girls love me being around
 This is blackberry she is such a beautiful little girl
 This is Cadbury he looks forward to his time out I suppose all bunnies do. I try to let them free range as much as possible.
 These girls were my first ever chooks they are so friendly and love a nurse.
Linda you would be proud of me. This is all I bought at the flower show and today Im planting
 My partner bought me this for my reiki room, its a air plant in amethyst.
 I thought it appropriate to pop these little chickies by the chicken pen.
 The comfrey is all starting to die down now.
 I have never seen lime balm, I have lemon balm growing madly I hope this lime balm takes of too
 I have no idea what sort of pumpkins I planted but I think they are just about ready.
 My kale and silverbeet coming along, Im looking forward to making kale chips. I mainly grow silverbeet for for the chooks and rabbits.
 Look carefully my little helper fast asleep in the garden

 My one and only sunflower.
 My dahlia flower which is one of my favorites I really would love more colors , I bought a yellow one at the flower show.
 Todays harvest of grapes and there is still heaps on the vine. This grape vine was a cutting from my Aunties house and they are the most beautiful sweetest grapes.
 So we spent the afternoon removing them from the vines
Cooking them up and bottling into grape juice

 Todays bounty
The final result a mess and Im lucky I dont have to do these as this mess is for India and Tyler as India wanted phone credit and Tyler wanted a game and they didnt have enough cash so they have to work it off. So this weekend is a bonus I have had pets bathed, I havnt had to do a dish all weekend, vaccuming done.
I must say they did look at this pile of dishes and said oh no and my response was "do you want me to take your phone and game." hmmmm I thought not

Saturday, 29 March 2014

2014 Melbourne Garden Show part 2

 Ok we are onto looking at the outdoor displays. I quite like this idea of a shipping container with the garden on the roof.
 Oh how I wish my succulent garden looked like this, but oh well I have plenty of ideas now.

 The neatest vege garden ever
 Oh look a bee

 Lynda look here is that secret garden mirror I think I want one

 I would love this in the backyard
 I quite liked this idea for recycled pallets

 I have some pallets that I might utilize now

 The hanging baskets were quite inspirational.

 and very creative

 Finally home and what a inspiration this is lol. I had better get to work
 Because no one else is going to do anything they like to lay around and mess things up
 and climb on my plants
and glare at me when I disturb them
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