Garden Diaries - A Tiny Tour08:30:00
Hello there once again.
Hopefully everything is going well in your parts today, weather included!
I am about to embark on my summer vegetable planting tomorrow...finally, and Im really looking forward to some time out in the garden after such a horrible rainy day today.
I purchased some tomato seedlings, capsicums, marigolds, pumpkin and some zucchini at the market yesterday which should be plenty for the time being.
I have also been reading over last years tomato growing efforts here on the blog and have decided that practice makes perfect so I will be following all of my old neighbours tips and tricks once again. It all worked really well last year except for the fruit fly issues, but Im hoping out here on the farm we wont have any this year.
As for the rest of the garden, its slowly coming along. Its amazing what a difference the warm warm weather brings as well as motivation to get outside and do stuff. I thought today would be good to share a few pics of what I have been up to since we moved and to show you some snippets of the garden.
As you know, I dug up a heap of plants from our place in town which included Iris, Hydrangeas, some veggie seedlings, various bulbs, Gerberas, Box Hedges, various shrubs, a few Rose bushes and some grasses.
These have all been placed in existing garden beds around the house and I created a new bed out next to the driveway under the Red Flowering Gum. My method for the creation of this bed was probably a bit backwards as I should have sprayed all the weeds and lawn first to kill it all before I planted everything. However, I had two boot loads of plants to get in the ground so I just planted straight into the grass and the weeds and then covered it all with hay and some cow manure. Its not overly pretty now but its humming along and I know it will come to look pretty in good time. One thing you do learn as a gardener is patience.
In this particular garden bed pictured below, I have planted a mixed Iris border. They will clump up pretty quickly and require hardly any maintenance and watering once established. I purchased Salvia tubers to fill in the spaces behind these (they have already doubled in size) as well as some Dahlia tubers and I was able to get a heap of ground covers, and seedlings from Aroona that Margot gave me which will also fill in the spaces. There are some Roses and succulents in there as well.
As all the weeds poke their heads through the straw I am pulling them out myself as well as spraying them with Round Up and so far it is working fine.
At the back of the house right next to the back door which is pretty much the main entrance to the house are four Rose bushes. It was looking a tad untidy when we first started house sitting back in July with plenty of weeds growing in between. I pruned all of these Roses and planted some Iris rhizomes in between and in only a few months it is now looking very healthy with blooms from both the Roses and Iris. See below a before and after shot of the garden bed.
I have since thrown in a handful of Cosmos seeds which I saved from last Summer and they too have sprouted. Bring on the flowers!!
Out the front of the house which faces the lagoon is another established garden bed. I posted back in April last about this little venture and it has come along way since then with plenty more blooms, the Magnolia is bushing up and all the bulbs have come up with plenty of colour and perfume. I have also planted a few new seedlings salvaged from Margots place, a couple of Hollyhocks and some more Cosmos seeds. As we inch closer to summer this section of the bed is getting a lot more sunshine and everything is growing well. We are really enjoying watching all the birds that come to swim and wash in the bird bath here too.
The pruning paid off with these gorgeous 'Just Joey' blooms only this last week.
As we make our way around the back again you can see though the Grevillia and Callistimon archway below our veggie patch and fruit trees.
The apples have plenty of blossoms and flowers, however the pears not so good. I am thinking my pruning efforts over winter were totally wrong and if anyone out there knows what I should be doing, then please direct me. There are some pear fruit buds so Im holding out hope. It does look good though now that all the leaves are out so that is promising I guess.
The above pic is the current status of the veggie patch and I only just put the straw out last week and it already needs plenty more. The Raspberries are in the top left corner, Rose cuttings in front of that and then the Asparagus in the bottom left corner. I used some Box Hedge from our previous place to section it off so I know where I planted the corms. Ive harvested four tasty Asparagus so far. The Strawberries and Garlic are also going well and there is still plenty of room for the new veggies to go in tomorrow. I also need to spray the grass and weeds along the fence as I'm always scared of snakes hiding in there and to tidy it up.
Ive also been splitting Zygocactus into these hanging baskets and planting various succulents into various pots to pretty up the patio area at the back door. The grapevine is starting to thicken up overhead which is good as I dont think they like it too bright and sunny.
Lastly a snapshot of part of the backyard. This is pretty much where the kids play and as you can see there is plenty of room. The veggie patch is just behind the cubby house. At this stage the lawn will stay as it is and we will plant a few more trees. We have plans to build a sunroom out from the windows behind the Rose bushes and I think it would be great to put in swimming pool. Dare to Dream!!
Any good gardening ventures happening at your place?
Got any good tips for espaliering pruning of Pears and Apples?
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