Sunday, February 19, 2017

Daughter

Recently my enthusiasm for the veggie garden and growing veggies has been waning, hopefully that's about to change.

There's been various reasons for this but at the top of the list I've been finding it difficult to grow veggies just for myself.

It seems like a lot of effort to grow just one bean bush or three carrots at a time. Also the weather, aka, the rain gods, have fallen asleep at the wheel and apart from one 75 mm fall on the 3rd of January we've had nothing worth counting since the first week of September last year. And on top of all that we've also had an endless run of above 30° plus temperatures including a record 40° day in February. And on my porous red soil that makes it almost impossible to grow much without a lot of extra work mulching and shading plants from the hot sun and not to mention a water bill that makes buying veggies a more common sense idea.

Over the last two or so weeks that has changed. The temperatures are starting to drop, hopefully, and after a recent conversation with my daughter where she expressed her desire to eat more fresh veggies I'm feeling inspired to grow again.

The plan is to see if I can grow a basket of fresh veggies a week that I can take to my daughter that she can then use in her cooking.

I'll keep it simple at first with beans, beetroot, carrots, a few radish some lettuce and a turnip or two.

I’m also looking forward to taking a basket full of bounty over and discussing possible uses and recipes for the veggies with her.

My long term goal is to sneakily get her enthused about fresh veggies to the point where she will want to learn how to grow her own.

Coming into the cooler months there will also be an opportunity to get some herbs and leafy greens in as well, things like silverbeet, spinach, coriander, and parsley.

Very keen to see how all this works out. I'll keep you informed of my progress.

There's also something else that's been inspiring me too but I'll leave that for another day.

Cheers

Stewart

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Organic Gardener. Mar/Apr.

For the few of you who don't read the Organic gardener magazine then I'd like to recommend the Mar/Apr 2017 edition.

Mine came in the mail yesterday so it won't be long before it hits the newsagents. 

I spent the morning reading it from cover to cover and feel so much wiser.

There's a great feature on 'Urban Farming' a growing trend world wide.

Plus
  •  Paul West suggest a plan for growing year round vegies
  • How to grow and use parsley
  • Growing Leeks
  • Raising Quail
  • Putting up barriers to stop critters eating your produce. 
  • Recipes
  • What to do for autumn
And on and on it goes.

Probably the most jam packed and informative issue I've read for a while. 

Do yourself a favour and grab a copy!

Cheers

Stewart.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Seasol "Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner."

Image may contain: plant, outdoor and natureIt's not very often I'll go out of my way to actively promote a product but when I find one that works then I don't mind giving them a shout out.

The product I'm talking about is Seasol "Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner."

I find that during and after the high temperatures of Summer my soil is baked and forms an impervious to water crust. It doesn't matter if I mulch or try break up the crust by cultivating the soil surface, I can't get water to soak in. But after one or two applications of #Seasol "Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner" and all bets are off.

The soil just drinks up any water I apply to the garden and the veggies love it.

Exhibit A. Corn that I recently planted was growing well after three inches of rain but a run of over thirty degree days saw a tough to wet crust form. Fifty millimeters of Seasol in a nine litre watering can applied over the soil surface and we're back in business and the corn is loving the heat.

 So, if, like me, you are having trouble getting your soil to take up the water you're putting on your garden then I'd recommend giving some #Seasol "Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner" a go.

Cheers

Stewart.

















Sunday, January 8, 2017

Corn!

Whoo woo, the corn's a ready.

Somehow on minimum rain and watering I still managed a few cobs of corn (there's more to come).

As far as I'm concerned, even if you've climbed Mt Everest or swum the English Channel, you haven't lived until you've eaten a freshly picked cob of backyard corn.






Oh, and it's still not too late to plant some, though from seed might be a stretch, depending on your climate, but bung in a punnet of seedlings and away you go.

Cheers,

Stewart.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas.

Well, it a fine and sunny day here today at My Veggie Garden which, considering it's Christmas day, means I didn't get my Christmas wish.

After next to no useful rainfall since the beginning of Spring and the price of using town water making veggie growing financially unviable I was pinning my hopes on a wet Christmas.

I've only got a small patch of corn and potatoes and a few tomato plants to water but I'm not planting until the weather is a little more conducive to growing.

Merry Christmas from My Veggie Garden and a happy new year.