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My Garden Day 66

Wow. So the whole thing went crazy while I wasn’t really looking! Over the weekend Opa attempted to pin up some of my tomatoes, but they are just crazy. Today I found a couple of other loose strands so I put some more stakes in and tied them up. I also put some stakes next to the taller type of chilli, cos they look like they are getting to the stage where they will start to fall over in a stiff breeze or if they put out another leaf.
Over the weekend I was at Mum and Dad’s house and I am SO jealous of Mum’s veggies. She just has stuff growing all over the place. I was a bit worried when I saw how crazy her oregano is, but she said if I just cut mine back, it won’t go all wild. As soon as I got home I cut back a few of the more adventurous shoots so that they stay little.
My chillis are black in the joins where other shoots as well as the flowers are coming out, hopefully that is not a problem. I tried to take a pic but it focussed incorrectly. Nothing seems to be dying, so hopefully it will be alright.
Actually, talking about dying, anything under the tomatoes spread is looking very unhappy!! 😦 But I think it is just two marigolds, one chilli (which is hanging on okay), some carrots and leeks. But there are more of all of them in other places, so I am not fussed.

Pics are on facebook

Useful Information

I have discovered the best source of knowledge for the future. People over the age of… well I don’t know the exact age, but my Oma (who I refer to as Joanne) is 70 and she qualifies.

Last night around the dinner table I asked how you can keep growing parsley and other herbs, because she was saying the coriander went to seed and she had to pull the whole plant out. So I wondered, when transports stops being widely available, the possibility exists of nurseries not keeping seedlings for us to conveniently go and buy a new coriander or parsley plant. So how does one propagate that plant. The answer for parsley is that when it goes to seed, then seeds grow (no way!) and you can collect them and then grow then, but you would need a bit of a glasshouse. She also reckoned that if you just leave the parsley to go to seed then the seed fall on the ground and grow into new plants.
That being said, she has a parsley plant that has been going strongly for 3 or so years because she keeps trimming it back. So I figure you need two sets of plants, the ones you are growing for seeds, and the ones you are growing to eat. Because we also talked about carrots, and how Joanne planted carrots from seed as a kid (although mum said that is the best way when she was over the other day). We guessed that if you leave your carrots to grow long enough then the stalks must produce seeds. Again, you would need to have digging-up carrots, and seed-growing carrots.
Probably all this information could have been read on the internet or from a younger gardener. But I like it when information comes from a person.

Then this morning we were talking about showers and she told me how when she was a kid they used to have a bath once a week, cos the bath water had to be heated up using a bath-heater.. Then when she was about 12 her mother told her she would have to start having showers everyday, so she used to go out and chop kindling with a little tomahawk (eat your heart out Lenore) and heat up enough water for her shower. That amazed me, because I forget (or don’t realise) how she lived in a time before many of the amenities that we have today, especially as she grew up in the country.
Okay, I just asked my Opa if he had to heat the water for his bath, and he drew me a picture of what they used as a bath/shower heater.
What he explained to me doesn’t involve wood, but gas and, of course, water. He says the gas couldn’t be turned on without turning on the water. and that it heated the water up then there was a tap that meant you could either fill up the bath, or direct the water up to the shower-head. I guess there isn’t too much choice about how hot you have your water.

I hope to continue learning valuable information out of them for the future. I thought it would be good to catalogue it here, otherwise I will forget.

Gas Bath Heater

Question: Does anyone besides me read my blog? I am interested to know as mostly it is more for me than for others, but yeah. Let me know 🙂

My Garden Day 36

So it has been more than a month and there is some definite growth happening.
Yesterday I got around to doing a bunch of things that needed to happen. I weeded both halves, and finally mulched the second half. I also put dirt around the leeks again, and mulched around them. I was out there today to water the tomatoes in the morning and the leeks almost could do with more dirt again today, but I will leave them a bit.
I also redid some of the mulch on the first half, cos it had become a bit sparse. As well as mulching around the carrots on the first half. So all that took a while because on both halves I had to work around the existing plants.
Then my parentals arrived and so I gave them a bit of a tour and mum showed me how to break off the bottom sprout on the tomatoes, cos it wouldn’t produce fruit. I think she gave it a name but I forgot it.
I really need to tie my tomatoes to the stakes that are there, the problem is there are 6 plants, some with two main sprouts that would need tying and I only have 6 stakes. Hopefully it will be alright though. I would love to have a big garden and be able to stake them using concrete reinforcing wire, but I think I have said that before…

Pics can be found here.

My Garden Day 19

So I invited my second cousin Mitchell to come and plant some carrots in my garden. This morning I woke up bright and early and drove to the nursery to buy some plants for us to plant. I got to the nursery before 9am, the signs were all out and the gates were open, but when I went in there there was two guys shovelling dirt out the front but no one inside, or out the back where all the plants are. I figured someone would apprehend me if there was a problem, so I chose some plants and went to the counter – but no one appeared. So I went and got one of the digging guys who found the manager (he had been in the office), he was really flustered, but we managed to complete the transaction.

I came home with: one yellow daisy, which hopefully will grow slowly otherwise it will take over; two punnets of carrots, like with the leeks I overcatered and should only have bought one punnet; and a pretty plant called hypoestes.

Joanne groaned when she saw I had bought more carrots, but the fact of the matter is her carrots are TINY and you could grow a million of them and still not have too many. So I think that is okay to have more carrots, plus, I wanted something that could grow up in the shape of an ‘M’ for Mitchell, and not taste gross like radishes.

Once Jenelle, Mitch and Shaun arrived Mitch invited me to come up to my garden and plant plants. So off we went. Unsurprisingly he had a fairly short attention span (he is 3), but he helped write the ‘M’, planted a few carrots, chose the spot for the daisy and helped plant it. After we had planted half the ‘M’ he got bored, so we went inside to wash our hand and play trains.

Later after they left I planted everything else, I had some trouble with the carrots as I didn’t want my whole garden full of only carrots. So I finished off the border on my first half, so now it is half leeks, half carrots, I also planted another clump in my second half and planted some where we pulled some out of Joanne’s side.

I also clumped dirt around the base of all my leeks, cos apparently you are supposed to do that. I haven’t done it so far, so I’m not sure how that will effect my poor leeks.
What else? Lots of watering and yeah, I tried to put some photos up on facebook, but facebook wasn’t cooperating, so there are only a couple, I hope to add some more when it decides to play ball.

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