Monday, November 30, 2009

Our first eggs


Thursday, November 5, 2009


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gardenia's

How pretty are they at this time of the year?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bathroom frog

This is "Frogger". She lives in our bathroom and eats all the mosquito's and cockroaches before they can get to us. She's been with us for at least 5 years now and has had to change her sleeping spot a few times already. She outgrows the little holes she chooses quite quickly. Just last year she was joined by another tree frog. A small brown one who as yet remains unnamed.

Chickens


Our family has expanded to include another 4 girls. Jet, Joke, Annie and Martina. We are counting down and should have fresh eggs by Christmas.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our little old lady.

We've nicknamed her sweet pea recently. We found out too late that cats don't like names that are only one sylable. She takes no notice of her real name, but loves sweet pea so it's stuck.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Garlic


My first garlic harves has gone well. We had some dry weather in the last few months which is what they like. Thank you Lise!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Winter vegetables




We are harvesting or almost harvesting all the veg we put in this winter. The cabbages are delicious in chow mein. I can't wait for the red cabbages to mature as they are my favourites. I love them pickled with malt vinegar and ginger. The black kale has a strange lumpy type of leaf, and is just as delicious as the curly and russian varieties. The broad beans aren't quite ready yet and the garlic should be ready to harvest in September.




Sunday, August 23, 2009

Caulie

This is a late cauliflower, but it is healthier looking than the ones I harvested last month. Winter is still here until the end of August, but someone forgot to tell the weather and we have 28 to 30 degrees each day. We don't even have the fire on at night any more. Quite a change from a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cat on the hot water service


She loves it there. It's nice and warm and dry.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ginger

Our ginger harvest this year was the best yet. I find that frozen is the best way to keep it. I grate it into my recipe's while it is still frozen.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Caterpillar

I found this caterpillar in the garden today. If anyone knows what kind it is I would like to know. I tried to find it online, but had no luck.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Compost

Before.....

After...
Now we have bins to make compost in. It took quite a while to build and those sleepers are very, very heavy. It's all quite exciting and we have already made 2 piles of compost in them. Our neighbour came over to have a look and asked what kind of stables we were building. (Hehehe) They look even better after today, because instead of just some bits of ply they have great slatted fronts on them.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chilli's

So many chilli's!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Skinks

One of the great thing about being an organic gardener are all the creatures. These little lizards keep the caterpillar, cockroach and slug population down very efficiently. We have 100's of them around the vegetable garden, we need to be careful where we step to make sure we don't crush any.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bird protection

This is the extent we have to go to to keep the bushturkeys out of our garden. They are so destructive no matter what size the plants are.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gingers


The Turmeric and ginger are loving the heat and rain (unlike the poor tomatoes and capsicum). How stunning are these blue ginger flowers?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Flowers

I have planted flowers in the vegetable garden to attract the good bugs. The calendula are the prettiest and also edible. Some things are just great all around.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Pride

I'm proud of my mum and she's proud of the veg she grows in her little garden.

Garden Sculpture

I love this garden sculpture I spotted in a city garden near my work. I'm not usually impressed with sculptures in gardens, but these large black leaves with red balls on the ends look great.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cats and tadpoles

Here's Bubbles on the rim of our new pot. We had fun choosing it from the many available. It suits the Thalia we got as a gift a year ago very well.






The tadpoles I previously had in a fishbowl on the kitchen bench live there also. They're hungry little creatures and I can hardly keep up with their appetite for boiled lettuce.