Friday, August 29, 2008

How easy are potatoes!

So it's probably been about 6mths of absolutely no maintenance growing. Sweet potato is just a ground cover vine that occasionally grows skyward. All we did was plant one in the middle of a patch. Not a bad harvest really! (There are some struggling carrots in there as well).

We've also got normal potato growing. They're a little more work because occasionally you just have to pile a little more soil on top to create a mound.

You can see the carrots, beetroot, Italian parsley, peanuts & nasturtiums are going well. (Again no maintenance)

This is the Chinese Broccoli. Haven't gotten around to eating them yet. But even after flowering they still look quite edible. (Not to mention looking nice and attracting bees)

Those sweet potatoes again.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Almost Spring...

My guess is we've just had our winter all crammed into one week - and it's finished!

So I've planted some more seeds in the nursery:
+ Sweet Corn (a different variety to last time),
+ Pak Choi,
+ Spinach,
+ Roma Tomato,
+ Cauliflower &
+ Lebanese Cucumber.

By the time the corn has sprouted we will have a circle of soil enriched with months of chicken, coffee grinds and food scraps. Perfect for planting the classic triad of corn, squash/cucumber & beans in the coming warmer months. Everything else we can plant around the edges.

We bought some more chooks, 1 black & 1 white, $14.95 each. They're already laying.

They are a little shy & not used to devouring scraps just yet. We'll see how they like leftover curry in the morning...

Harvesting hasn't been fantastic during winter. Although, I was happy with our solo broccoli after the slug invasion. There have been some midget carrots (although tasty), rocket, baby potatoes and the obligatory keffir lime leaves, basil, ginger, thyme etc.

...and for anyone with a hint of patience....