Monday, July 21, 2014

Reading, gardening and diciduous trees

I happen to stumble across two great gardening books recently,
they are easy to understand and seem to make a lot of sense.
 Now that I am experiencing a new climate with seasons, bulbs, deciduous trees
 and extremely cold temperatures
 a couple of easy read books like these are going to very helpful.  

Did you notice the Forsythia,  
This one just happen to find me in the nursery last week,
 it seems like quite an interesting shrub,
I imagine it will be very pretty  both in the garden and in a vase.
  I am excited to try the flowering twigs this year.
Do you think it could work for my Crab apple (above) as well, 
I'm guessing it will. 
I can not wait for spring again, this flowering Crab Apple
 would have to be one of the most beautiful trees that I have ever seen. 
You just wait and see.

Also last month, a patch was plotted for my Vegetable garden.
  I dug up a bit of soil to play with and popped in a few seedlings.
Everything was growing well...
well,all until the cows stuck their head over the fence and ate the tops of my cabbages!  
Hubby tells me that I have to find a new spot!
Do I really have to start all over AGAIN?
One day after Hubby gets everything done on his to do list then
 he promises me some lovely raised beds like I had before.
 They will also need to be Bigger this time, we have Bigger tummies to feed these days.

Anyway, I managed to salvage a few of the cabbages and just moved them 
away from the fence. 
I have the good old silverbeet growing well,  it's quite a hardy plant and seems to really grow anywhere, 
and Rocket, I love Rocket, can't have a salad without Rocket, and once again, it seems to grow anywhere.
I've planted a few radish seeds and snowpeas and sugarsnaps
 I've dug in a few essential herbs, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano, Dill  and Spring Onions, 
They all seem to be surviving, but I do have to say 
that I am just a bit nervous about growing here, 
other than the cows, 
there is frost and sometimes there are days with no sunshine, 
I mean No sunshine, none at all!  
Remember I was previously from Queensland,  The Sunshine State!
I may need to invest in a hot house!  Anyone use one?

So, that's about it in the garden for now.
Other than the house and some lovely matured fruit trees
 we really have had to start from scratch,
Time and patience though, we'll get there.
 We're still having plenty of fun, learning some new lessons,
 and making new memories along the way.


  1. I envy you all your fruit trees. It is great to be able to harvest the fruit from them. We have 5 in the back yard - 2 apples, a peach, a pear and an apricot. And I have absolutely no idea how to look after them properly! But I'm trying not to worry too much, and just try things and see how they go.

    Your vegie patch is looking much better than mine. The chives didn't germinate at all. The broccoli is struggling. The leek I planted a year ago is still alive - growing VERY slowly. But the peas - they are my success story!

    Last year I tried germinating seeds in a greenhouse, so I didn't have to wait until the frosts finished (around end of October, here). But the poor little plants didn't do so well once transplanted into the vegie patch - maybe it was still too much of a shock for them. I'll try again this year, and gradually introduce the little plants to the real world before putting them into the ground.

    Good luck with it all!

    1. Interestingly enough, my peas have actually germinated well and are growing steadily, so far the frost has not affected them? Fingers crossed! xo

  2. I've really missed you.It seems a few of us have fallen off the blogosphere of late but hopefully we'll all get out moos back. I can't replant the veges till there is some rain in our empty tank. It all went to ruin when I got sick but is now covered in chook poo straw and cardboard- perhaps another comeback story there!

    1. Well your garden should certainly come back thriving if its covered in chook poo straw, cardboard and well rested! Wait till Spring comes, I'm sure you'll feel a sudden urge to get back out there again. Hope your keeping well and rested as well, (when you can anyway!!) XO

  3. I love crab apples. You are so lucky to have such a biggie in your garden. I've planted 4 so far here and have plans for more;) Your rocket leaves are huge! Yum, yum. I'm with you, can't have a salad without rocket. Bugger about the cows. Very annoying. Hopefully hubby's to do list will hurry up and get done so you can get new beds. I did my own with railway sleepers. Pretty easy...if you can't wait for good help, that is. LOL Happy gardening, it's all looking wonderful:) x

    1. If I had the time I would build my own gardens, but with six little cherubs the washing, cooking, cleaning, playing, nurturing etc etc... all takes my time up first, The children will help me plant, dig and eat but I don't think I'll be able to convince them to help me build it first....reminds me of "the little red hen", my favorite story....xo

  4. I live in Northern NSW where we get plenty of sun and rain and warm weather. Someone commented recently on me having a green thumb, but I had to confess pretty much we get to just stick it in the ground up here, and it grows, I can imagine the difficulties posed by frost and cold that you get in your climate, it's a whole different kettle of fish when it comes to gardening, good luck!

    1. The climate is challenging Cheryl, but I forgot to mention that we do have particularly good soil here, so I am presuming that I will have a great Spring and Summer growing period. x

  5. I bought a hot house this year and it has been one of the best investments I have ever made! It keeps me cycling over with seedlings and when the heat of summer hits I can change it over to a shade house. I actually have some tomatoes on a potted tomato ripening in there at the moment just as an experiment.
    They can be expensive ( I bought mine from Aussie Shade Houses) but I believe you can make them too. My problem was David was quite capable of the making but the time just wasn't there.
    I have even started selling seedlings from it at the markets. Best thing ever ever ever.

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