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Garden Update – March 2013

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After a relaxing long-weekend in Byron Bay, the first thing we did after unpacking was get straight into the garden. We now have a new no-dig garden bed planted with the seedlings I’ve been nurturing on the verandah for the last month. In this garden bed we used up the leftover chicken and horse manure we collected on a drive to Tamborine last year, we also used compost from our compost bin mixed with sand scavenged from our daughters day care – can you believe they were throwing it away during landscaping renovations, there’s also commercial potting mix and it’s been mulched with coir peat (coconut husk) to keep the soil protected. So far, the corn, peas, capsicum, silverbeet, & broccoli are flourishing. However, the zucchini have caught a nasty case of fungus due to all the wet weather we’ve been having lately. There’s plenty of new growth though, so fingers crossed.

Mr T also installed a fence around the veggie patch so the dog can’t frolic amongst the edibles anymore. It also means there’s no risk of her demolishing the harvest before it hits our plates as she did with the last strawberry harvest. You can see in the photo that the Rosella and Queensland Arrowroot have grown quite a bit since the last update. I can’t wait to make some more Rosella Jam in a few months.

Fenced off vegetable garden

Fenced off vegetable garden