In the Garden

As I continue cleaning up the rental house garden where we are living temporaly, I am amazed at what I find hiding under all the Jasmine bushes and violets. Under the Jasmine I found a very smothered but surviving Apple tree.

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We have a quince tree, lemon tree and there are at least seven other varieties of fruit trees planted in the small backyard. I’m pretty sure that we will either be in abundance of peaches or plums as we have many pink flowering trees so far. I have also found an old strawberry patch hiding under the violets which I plan to rescue also.

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The kids and I have been busy in the vegie patch as well, planting out our green beans, carrots and sweet pea seedlings. There was also an old pond which was full of murky water, we drained that due to safety issues and family day-care but have filled it with dirt and potting mix and plan to plant out a herb patch in the not to distant future.

It looks like we will hopefully have a very productive season and I can try my hand at some more freezing and canning with all my fowler jars I’ve been collecting and hoarding!!

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Mulberries

Jasmine loves mulberries and on the weekend we visited my mum, she has a lovely weeping mulberry tree and Jasmine was very excited to see ripe mulberries.We have a mulberry tree on the property that we check every day to see if they are ripe and ready to pick, but no such luck as yet.

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I got the ladder out so I could climb up and pick the high mulberries while the kids picked from the lower branches but the ladder looked like so much fun the kids quickly commandeered that from me.

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We got a good container full with plenty more left on the tree for mum and the birds and enjoyed eating them all afternoon.

Our Vegie Patch

I’m so very excited to be getting our fresh produce from our garden again. Its about time, these poor plants have been on a bit of a journey what with being dug up twice by the chooks and all.

So here we have it our onions and garlic.

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100_3392 Our asparagus plant is growing like crazy and has given us some good spears every couple of days so far.

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Now I actually have no idea what was planted here, so whatever it is will be a great surprise.

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We have been eating this lettuce and kale for awhile now and its still going strong. It gives us a family salad twice a week and gets picked daily for the runaway guinea pig who is living in my garden shed.

Behind this tank I have more carrots and sweet peas growing in between all the weeds and behind that is another tank with potatoes.

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We also have some pumpkin sprouting up in the chook yard, so we have closed that pen off and have turned it into a potato pumpkin patch. I still have one more patch to plant out and for that patch I’m thinking tomato capsicum and eggplants.

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YUM!

No chooks allowed

My chooks have been enjoying the garden for awhile now and not doing much damage as all I have had in the vegetable patch were potatoes and sweet potatoes.

I have recently dug them all out and planted out the garden with my winter seedlings, that afternoon my chooks dug them all up. I was not happy. We replanted what we could save and kept the chooks locked up until the vegies had developed a bit. When I let the chooks out again a few weeks later they dug them all out for a second time, I was really cross this time. I was almost ready to do away with my chooks but the very next day they laid me 13 eggs. They must have known. So today I have been making my patch a fence with random pieces of shade cloth Haydn found for me. And just below you can see my twice dug up spinach and sweet peas, struggling to survive but seem to be going okay. Fingers crossed.

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I was also faced with another challenge, keeping two active children from trying to climb all over the fence, occupied. I made them a cubby where they ate lunch and spent the majority of the morning quite happily.

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