Friday, 10 September 2010

Back into the garden

Apart from the family visit during the week,  we had a big storm that lasted for several days early in the week.  We did get a lot of rain, and the weeds grew very well,  but there seems to be no harm done to the vegetables either.
Everything looks green and healthy.  These large leaves in the LHS of the above picture are mustard leaves... these are growing in a patch where I threw a handful of mustard seeds (from the spice jar) to grow among the weeds...  the mustard seems to have smothered even the nettles!
Parsley, lavender and rue...

I have pulled out the old coriander crop.... or most of it...  and mulched the patch where these tow tomato plants will go later.  I'm leaving them in the pots until they are stressed and trying to produce babies.


The most recent potatoes are just emerging (rain will do that.)

The broad beans are looking healthy.  I'm glad that I put an extra length of string around them... they are all surviving despsite hte storms.
... and baby beans are growing....
... and even beginning to look lumpy where the beans seeds are....


The curry leaf tree (only a baby) is looking a little bit yellow after the cold weather,  though it hasn't lost any leaves except those that I've picked and cooked.  I surrounded the little tree with kale to protect it from the weather and it seems to have worked.

There are a few things flowering now too....  borage....
... black wattle....
....  watsonia....



And here,  I have an outside table that is once again accessable.  The grass had grown up all around it and so I have been out with the whipper-snipper....  the fuel can is till right there....

Out to the chicken yard to feed them....
... and this is what I found today.  Lately there have been five eggs each day.  Here are just four... along with two plastic ones....  they are back laying well with the longer days.
Having had a vegan visitor,  we got behind with our egg consumption,  but there is always quiche!
We will probably get even more per day later on,  though we do have a few "retired hens"  I'm sure.  They still turn the weeds and scraps into soil and fertlilise though,  so we keep them in the yard... quite safe.

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