November garden guide

PHEW! The last couple of days have delivered a reminder of just how thirsty the garden can suddenly become, with rapid increases in temperature combined with today’s strong winds. We recently extended irrigation to various areas of the garden that didn’t have it last summer, but I seem to have over-compensated for this by filling gaps with an awful lot of pots in my early spring enthusiasm, making myself a slave to the watering can again.

But there’s been a good reason for going a bit potty – I’ve reclaimed the front garden space that used to be occupied by a cubby house, and carved out a little quiet retreat there. In the early days of filling up every niche with edibles, we really didn’t pay enough attention to our own comfort in the garden, so I’m happy to be redressing this imbalance.

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Now I’m hanging out for the temperature to drop for the next few days, so that I can plant out the vegetable seedlings that are desperate to bust out into garden beds. Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, rainbow chard, honeydew, gourds, etc.

It’s also a good time to put in: Continue reading

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A taste of Permaculture

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For those who would like to explore our set-up in a bit more depth and try planning some strategies for home, this permaculture workshop is coming up in 2 weeks. Please click through to EventBrite to book tickets.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s 10am garden tour is still open for bookings, and there’s an afternoon tour next Wednesday.

Look forward to seeing you here on one of these glorious spring days!

 

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Here we go round the Mulberry Bush – a guided tour.

Always wanted to learn about how permaculture works in our little suburban garden? Two pop-up small group tour dates have just been planned. There are only a few tickets available so snaffle yours here.

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Also coming up soon – a short Introduction to Permaculture (2.5 hours including a tour and a bit of planning and problem-solving for your own garden) and Making Mini Wicking Beds (hands-on and family friendly). Subscribe to the blog or follow Nadja’s Garden on facebook for more events.

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Spring Seed Propagation

The wee lad and I enjoyed a spot of seed sowing today, under our eastern pergola, where the morning light gently fades through the day and where the plants are nicely sheltered from westerly winds.

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This reused tray has good-sized cells for plenty of root growth. Labels made from slashed milk bottles (a Stanley knife job) and written in soft pencil.

We gathered all the seeds we wanted to grow for this summer, most from organic Australian growers such as Love that Seed and Greenpatch, and a few saved from our previous crops or from friends, and divided them into: Continue reading

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September-October in our garden

Springtime moves so fast! And seems to go in all directions at once – wind from everywhere and then nowhere at all – hot, cold, wet, dry – and suddenly everything is blooming and seeding and exploding and chirping and laying and swooping. It’s all wild and colourful.

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Peak hour in the nest box.

Eggs are back on the menu. The willy wagtail has been returning to direct traffic when we’re working in the garden. And the wattlebirds have started feasting on the burgeoning population of bees, who in turn have been foraging on all the flowers. Continue reading

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July? nope… August Garden Guide

My Undoing.

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It started out well…

Let’s just say July didn’t go entirely the way I had planned. First, the incredibly inspiring, sustainable-living folks I was really, really looking forward to meeting on our winter family holiday couldn’t be there after all.  Next, I couldn’t be there either, as both a pet and a family member needed TLC around home while recovering from accident and surgery respectively. So I waved goodbye to husband and child on the first day of school holidays and pulled my boots on.  I thought, on the upside, having a relatively quiet 10 days here would provide me with the ideal opportunity to catch up with my garden to-do list, starting with distributing a small truckload of compost and mulch – compost for the fruit trees and mulch for the garden paths – after I cleared out the tonne of soursobs. With plenty of tea breaks, of course, and a little pruning along the way.  But… Continue reading

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June Garden Guide

In this edition…

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  • Welcome to winter
  • Soil reconditioning
  • We’re all going a bit weed-mad
  • Chooks & Compost
  • June veg planting

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