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Regrow Spring Onions in a Jar of Water

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It’s true. You can regrow shallots in a glass of water. Here’s the results of a couple of days, actually it could be a week or more as I forget when I actually ‘planted’ this bunch. Since then I have simply been changing the water each day. You can see where they were cut and the fresh green regrowth.

I only recently read about this technique on a number of websites and thought that I would try it out for myself. As you can see, the results speak for themselves. If you already have a vegetable garden planted, or a spare pot lying around, plant them in the soil and apparently they’ll grow back indefinitely (ApartmentTherapy).

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Garden Update for February

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So here’s the vegetable garden as it stands today. A little different to the no-dig garden I installed only a month ago…

The plants have been madly growing up and out with the help of chook poo and sugarcane mulch. I can hardly recognise that these two photos are of the same plants in the same garden.

As you can see, I have also extended this garden and added a new garden bed below it. The extension was installed down in front of the verandah but the plants were getting too much sun there and were so stressed out they started dying after two days, so  I dragged the extension up and placed it next to the orginal garden. The plants that survived are doing much better, but not nearly so well as the rest of the patch. The chook poo in that part of the garden was also sourced from Bunnings rather than the Northey Street City Farm and I’m wondering that has something to do with it as well.

There have been a few little surprises in the past week:

One of the strawberry plants (Euroka) is covered in little white flowers.. fruit is on its way 🙂

The rosellas are budding…

… and so is the pumpkin.

It’s not all goodness though as the pumpkin and zucchini are covered in this mould or mildew…

Some quick research suggests that these plants are not getting enough sunlight during the day or have been planted too close together for the air to circulate well enough. It could simply be that the humid Brisbane summer is to blame. After the last two rainy wet seasons we’ve had fungus seems to flourish on anything. I’m not sure what to do about this to stop the plant dying or affecting the crop. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know in the comments section.

The magic is happening…

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There’s fairies in my garden. I swear to you it’s absolutely true. On my morning wander I discovered a few signs that our teeny tiny friends have dropped by. They left a couple of ladybirds in the back corner behind the vegetable garden…

They must have had their breakfast very early, probably at this little dining setting…

In fact I think I see one now…

How to Create a No Fuss No-dig Vegetable Garden

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In Jackie French’s ‘Backyard Self Sufficiency’ she describes a garden full of life. Masses of healthy plants dripping with heirloom fruit and vegetables.  Free-range chickens scratching in the earth for grubs and insects. Clumps of lavender growing beneath the clothesline. Native birds flitting amongst the trees. A compost heap in the back corner supplying rich black soil for the garden and reducing household waste. Native bees pollinating the fruit and vegetable crops and providing honey. In short, a complete ecology in your own backyard. Jackie French also describes a minimum work no-dig garden as an easy way to get a vegetable garden up and running.

I found another description of a no-dig garden in Leonie Norrington’s ‘Tropical Food Gardens’ which looked surprisingly quick and easy to establish.

What you will need:

  • fertilizer
  • cardboard or newspaper
  • straw
  • manure
  • potting mix
  • seedlings
Step One: select a sunny site with exposure to the morning sun and preferably sheltered from the harsh afternoon sun.

Step Two: fertilise.

Step Three: lay down a layer of cardboard and wet throroughly.

Step Four: lay down a layer of straw and wet thoroughly.

Step Five: lay down a layer of manure and wet thoroughly.

Step Six: lay down another layer of straw and wet thoroughly.

Step Seven: lay out your seedlings.

Step Eight: divide parts of the straw and sit the seedlings in the gap. use the potting mix to stabilise the plants.

Step Nine: cover the potting mix with straw being sure to leave some space around the base of the plant.

Voila!