but in the meantime .... here is a bit of an update regarding where stuff has come to in our back yard.
let's start in the front yard.
|artichokes. have really settled in well ... they have all started sending|
up heaps of new shoots and the one in the far background has sent
out a baby!
|my river cottage experiment. take a stick with heaps of branches|
on it .... stick it in the ground and grow peas (or snow peas)
up it. working a treat!
|this is my pineapple sage. an amazingly intense fragrance when bruised|
it's getting too big. i think i am going to cut branches and do
some propagation .... and between that and my lavender
i should have my Christmas presents covered!
|Crimson Broad Beans. i can't tell you how excited i am over these. truly.|
i listened to what a friend said on their blog and nipped out the middles and look
what's happened! i've got heaps growing! i have a lot here and heaps in
the back as well.
|my pea trellis. what can i say? they are going strong. about two weeks|
ahead of the stuff in the back .... and you can tell. i expect to get a really
good harvest from these. oh yum!
|garlic. note to self. GROW MORE NEXT YEAR!!!!|
so that's the cool stuff in the front yard. of course the parsley is doing really well too .... seems the more i pick the more it grows! so really happy there!
as for the back yard ....
|the worms. they are doing really well. no compost yet, but they were|
never really gonna be anyway. more for the worm tea. which they
are providing in droves. this much gets mixed with water and put on the
veg and they are happy campers!
|my malabar climbing spinach. i let some go to fruit and am drying the|
seeds out to use this coming spring. it's an interesting crop and certainly worth trying!
it's a vine ... so you can grow it up and over things very well!
|my first comfrey. very happy with this... and will be|
growing heaps more!
|my celeriac. about ready to get planted out .... within the week i think!|
|ok .... i'm a bit desperate for good news here .... but i do believe this|
is new growth i see coming on my lemon tree that got moved to the
no dig bed. i'm very happy!
it has not been a productive winter in the sense that i haven't grown much. none of my broccoli and cauliflower survived. but we have done heaps when i think of it ... put in two VERY large no dig beds, an herb spiral, redid the front yard. hubby has gone to an aquaponics course and already bought his first $20 bathtub on e-bay. i went to a mushroom course and came home committed to eating and using them for biodiversity. and watch this space for two new things. green manure .... as mentioned above and hugelkultur ... making more space by planting VERY vertical (do a google search!). and on top of all that .... we are buckets ahead for getting ready for spring than we were before. so bring it on!
and one last, sorta artsy fartsy shot from the front yard .... just because!