Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.
My veggies are doing really well this year. I have put heaps of mulch and added extra shade to the beds and over head to help keep the moisture in.
It looks like tent city, but hey it does the job J
They promised us rain yesterday and today, but all we received were black clouds, a lot of loud noise from the thunder and strong winds that brought a whole lot of dirt with it!
Hubby has promised to put a solid shade over the veggie garden after "his shed" is finish. That could be a while yet, so for now the "tents" will have to do. He has hooked dripper hose up to the garden beds, but I haven't used them yet.
Now for a look at what is under all that shade.
Kale doing really well, this is great for our green juice. There are no aphids among them this year. I read somewhere to lay onions in the bed to deter them. This I have done and so far so good.
This bed contains a mixture of pumpkins,
tomatoes and capsicums. The tomatoes and pumpkins came up themselves out of the compost that I mixed into the bed.
Cucumbers are a bit slow, but they have some little cukes on them now J
I have tomatoes, these came up themselves,
and are doing nicely.
More sweet potato in the tub.
Pumpkin. I think. It came up on it's own.
I am picking these daily.
I am picking plenty of tiny tomatoes.
These go well in salads.
The carrots are in there.
Rhubarb, celery and pumpkins in there.
The rhubarb has gotten huge since putting shade cloth over the top. And so has the celery.
The celery has gone to seed and is trying to push through the shade cloth. I will be chopping it back in the next couple of days.
There is beetroot in this bed, and one potato plant so far.
I have planted more potatoes, just waiting for them to appear.
The kale and celery will go to make Mean Green Juice.
The recipe being;
a bunch of Kale, 4 stalks celery, 2 apples, 1 cucumber, thumb size piece of ginger, and 1/4 lemon. Put through the juicer starting with the kale and celery, followed by the rest. Can be watered down if too strong.
I planted two passion fruit vines earlier this week. The sun has scorched them a bit, but they are still doing okay. I did put shade over them but I think 41C (106F) was too much so soon after being planted. If only the rain had come!
I am hoping these will grow nice and tall to make shade for our outside entertainment area.
My next lot of compost is brewing in these barrels. We couldn't get hold of another compost bin, so we used a regular one with the bottom cut out. I turn the compost every so often using the yellow handled stirrer thingy in the bucket.