Our Backyard.

panorama backyardI’ve recently been asked for a backyard tour from some readers.  It’s tricky to know about the best way to share.  So the above picture is a panorama, it’s slightly distorted.  On the far left we have our arches.  In the garden bed they are attached to, there are tiny seeds just breaking through the earth. Straight up the middle is the chook pen, you can in fact see Gertrude (the white dot). Just to the left of center, up the back, you can see Doogle.

Soon there will be peas and beans climbing over those arches.  This garden bed will be full of winter vegetables. There is parsnip, carrots, broccoli, coriander, leek and garlic.  We’ve tried companion planting for the first time ever, and I’m excited to see how our garden bed will grow.

backyard 1We were recommended by a friend to plant only in the first two weeks of the moon cycle.  I honestly don’t know if it’s made any difference, but it does force us to get things in the ground.  From Thursday, we will be planting out our tiny seedlings, and some more garlic.new garden bedWe realised that this bed gets fantastic sun, so we’ve covered it in manure, dug it in and watered it really well.  Next we will cover in soaked newspaper (it’s in the wheelbarrow), and then pea straw.  I have found that this keeps the moisture in and the weeds out.
seedlingsThese seeds have been growing almost two weeks now, there is over 300 onions, 150 lettuce and Bak Choy, and a slightly smaller amount of Brussel Sprouts.  J, was so enthusiastic that he didn’t check the amount of seeds in the packets and planted them all, and with an average of 95% germination rate, we’re going to have a lot of these few things.

Have you ever had an abundance of one particular thing?  Any locals up for some seedling swapping?

16 thoughts on “Our Backyard.

  1. It looks like you’ll have a great range of produce to see you through the year. As always, I have ended up sowing far too many tomato seeds and will have many more plants than I really need. Lots of chutney making on the cards I think 🙂

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    1. I can’t wait for things to start popping up all over the garden, to be able to walk out the back door and pick fresh produce is a dream.

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  2. Thank you for the tour of your garden it’s enviable!
    Oh yes I have so much mint and so many chilis at the moment there’s no way I could possibly use it all. I have cut down the mint and frozen it already and within a few weeks it has filled the bed already.
    Can’t wait to see your garden in a few weeks time!

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    1. I can’t wait to show you again, when it’s producing a little more. I think mint is one of those ones that you will always have heaps of.

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  3. What a lovely tour. I can see that in a few months you will have more than enough for yourselves and could probably set up a market stall at the end of your drive for all the locals. Can’t wait to see the peas and beans growing over the arches xx

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    1. I think a market would be so much fun, sadly we’re at the end of a dead-end dirt road, which people don’t come up unless they need to. I can’t wait to see everything growing soon.

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  4. Thanks for the tour! Thats a whole lot of onions, lettuce and bok choy!! The mango tree in my late mother in laws house was a beast of a tree. It was 18 years old and one Summer it produced exactly 18 large laundry basket’s worth of juicy mangoes. I don’t know how many kilograms that worked out to be…We puree’d and froze a lot and were enjoying Mangoes all throught the year 🙂

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  5. Love it. We’re moving into our place in June and I can’t wait to start planning our garden (we’ve already started, really). You should start a seed sharing group in your community! That’s a great idea. Down here there’s a produce swap at Fair Harvest Permaculture farm… but seedlings is a great idea!

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    1. Heather, I’m already planning our garden for my dream house which we don’t have and haven’t found! I would be just like you too. I’m definitely interested in looking more into produce swapping around here.

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