Monday, May 27, 2019

In winter, it's all about the soil.

I've just moved into a place that doesn't have much soil, and what it has is not very pretty. It's typical Adelaide red soil. That can be great as long as you have fixed it up.

So the first thing I did was put a full bag of gypsum into my little 2 metres squared of soil. In the basic area I planted broad beans which, during winter, will get their roots through the soil and begin to bring it to life.


In the special area where I hope to get a little bit of my own stuff I have just throw in some organic matter over the top and progressively overwinter I will add more gypsum and organic matter and worm castings and compost. Buy spring the soil will be alive and ready to take whatever it is I have to plant.

In the meantime I'll have to make do with containers and make the soil is fertile as I can in there as well full stop when it is exodus time at least I will have nicely established plants for my new place.

Friday, May 24, 2019

If it can't be a compost heap, then let's make it a worm farm

I'm still feeling a sense of loss. I moved out of my quarter acre in Norwood that had everything into my two bedroom unit in Plympton.

Almost everything is great about Plympton but my detachment from the ground, in particular my
piece of ground, it's devastating.

As we haven't sold the place yet I will go back and redeem some compost that has been producing for over two years.

But in order to keep the circle of life running here in Plympton I suppose it's a worm farm. This is been running for about 5 weeks now. I can report highly encouraging results.


Worms are nicely populating the worm mat and I'm seeing worm liquid coming out the bottom.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A jade plant in intensive care

My sister and myself have a perfect synergy.

I love the garden, and I am good at it. My sister, at the moment, has not made gardening her priority and so I can give her a hand there. Especially now she's really enjoying seeing the green.

So there's a jade plant that I gave her a couple of years ago. it was doing it fairly tough at her place and I took it back a couple of weeks ago.

My sister'ss jade plant is now in at the intensive care unit. And responding well to treatment.




Monday, May 20, 2019

A sliver of gardening space, but I will make it work

I have a tiny piece of real estate that I can use to keep life ticking over. This will be the most productive 4 square metres of suburbia that anyone has ever seen.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rebuild in a new way

Change of life means that I have given away a quarter acre with a half-dozen fruit trees for grape vines and a sprawling garden with a chicken shed.


But where there's life there's hope. And to begin with, chives and coriander aren't a bad start. I think a Bay tree may be next.