Tuesday, 31 July 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 211

Purple Basil
It's the last day of July, Mid-winter here.
The Purple Basil is emerging in the hot house.
Only one week after planting!

Monday, 30 July 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 210

Almond Blossom Time
It's always exciting when the Almond trees start to bloom.
They are the very first trees to blossom
A sign that Spring, although still a fair way off yet,
Will eventually get here!!
Check out the Almond Blossom Festival
in the south of our state.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 209

Went picking in the garden for lunch today!
Kale and coloured Silverbeet greens
and different coloured Carrots!!

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Rescued from the Beaks of Death!

Another little visitor to my garden was this tiny gecko. I rescued him from the chook's water bucket before I let them out this morning. I'm glad I saw him as the chooks would have thought him a tasty morsel! evil

At first I thought he'd drowned but when I reached in with a stick he grabbed it. He must have been very cold because he stayed still long enough for lots of photos.

Although I do think he was eyeing off my Lettuces in this pot.

I love his translucent skin

And those buggy eyes! eek

I'm glad I rescued this little fellow from those chookies...
...he's now residing in my Herb Garden.
Hopefully to catch lots of little bugs in there.

This isn't the first time I've had to rescue lizards from buckets. Now I've placed shallow trays in the garden for the lizards to drink from. I've put rocks and sticks in them so they can get out of the water by themselves.

A Photo A Day - No. 208

Return Visit
My little visitor from last week. See Here.
Made a return visit this morning.
He didn't stay very long though sad

Friday, 27 July 2007

I Wasn't Going To....But....

I wasn't intending to plant many early seeds this year, due to the fact we will be away at the time I usually do my first planting out in the garden in October. However, our Garden Club has decided to hold a Trading Table at the Hospital Fete this year and seedling vegetables are always popular.

With this in mind I have planted a few that I already had the seeds for in the seed box and also have placed a small order for some more. wink

See Food Gardening for Beginners Part 6 - Getting Your Seeds To Grow for more information on growing from seed. cool

On Tuesday 24th July the following were planted in punnets, margarine containers and cell trays:
Cucumber - Lebanese Mini from Digger’s Seeds
Sunflower - Evening Sun and Giant Russian from Eden Seeds
- some seed that Gringo sent me last year!! smile
Tomato - Ida Gold from Seed Saver's Network
- Black Russian from Eden Seeds
- Pacesetter from Eden Seeds
Pumpkin - Golden Nugget Home Saved Seed
- Jap from Eden Seeds
Squash - Delicata from Phoenix Seeds
Zucchini - Black from Eden Seeds
Silverbeet - Green Silver O/G from DT Brown Seeds

A collection of herbs and flowers for Companion Planting:
Anise Hyssop from Phoenix Seeds
Basil - Sweet from Eden Seeds
Basil - Purple from Phoenix Seeds
Dill from Select Organic Seeds
Fennel - Bronze from Eden Seeds
Parsley - Curled from DT Brown Seeds
Cosmos - White from DT Brown Seeds
Marigold - Crackerjack from DT Brown Seeds
Nasturtium - Alaska Gold from Digger’s Seeds
Nasturtium - Alaska Scarlett from Digger’s Seeds
Nigella - Blue from DT Brown Seeds
Nigella - Mixed from DT Brown Seeds
Phacelia tanacetifoli from Digger’s Seeds

All the seeds for the frost sensitive plants went into the hot house in polystyrene boxes with glass covers because they need all the heat they can get at this time of the year.

The others have gone into the shadehouse and all except the Silverbeet have gone under glass in there too.

The soil temperature in these pots is exceeding 25C during the daytime (the days have been warmer than usual for this time of the year) Covering the boxes at night should help keep the warmth in at night.

The packet in which the soil thermometer came says this should be warm enough to allow germination. These are the minimum soil temps. required for germination!

I'm hoping this cloud continues to gather because we are on a promise of rain for tomorrow.
Here's hoping exclaim

A Photo A Day - No. 207

Dust Bath Bliss
This is my Oldest Old Girl Chook Speckles.
Even at 12 years of age she still enjoys a good dust bath!
Sometimes it makes us look twice to make sure she is still alive! lol

Thursday, 26 July 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 206

"Puppy Love"
A few days ago Ruth asked how Ninja and Lucky Dog got along.
Hope this answers that question Ruth!

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 205

Busy Chook
The 'new girl' chooks are still laying 5-6 eggs each day.
Although they are not always to be found in this nest box.
Often outside under a bush somewhere! rolleyes

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Potting On Greens

Saturday morning's chilly start gave way to a bright sunny day. Just right to get out in the garden. lol

These greens seedlings were ready to pot on so after making up some potting mix, I was off to find suitable containers;
  • cut down milk containers,
  • lolly trays,
  • margarine containers with holes punched in the bottom
  • and even a few cleaned pots. wink
The following were potted on:

These were put together and a frame added to put plastic over to keep the days warmth in as the nights are still quite chilly.

Thanks to Lucky and her sister Susan for the hints on using Emoticons in Blogger! lollollol

A Photo A Day - No. 204

Green Transplants
Temperatures are slowly on the increase here.
A good time to pot on the green seedlings.
Hopefully the warmer air will get them growing!
Ready for an early start to spring...
...now all we need is some of that rain that's falling up north!!

Monday, 23 July 2007

The Best Things Are Free.

One of the joys of having a clear up is finding some treasure!

While clearing Bed 6 on Saturday I noticed this growing under the Cox's Orange Pippin Apple tree.

This lettuce has not only self-seeded here but also survived a seemingly never ending barrage of frosts this winter.
Consider also the fact that it hasn't been watered at all and with our rainfall total for the month stuck on about 13mm, I think this little plant has done remarkably well.

I should earmark it for seed saving to encourage this drought and frost tolerance. The lettuces I've planted out are tiny in comparison.

Just goes to show that self-sown plants, sheltered by weeds, are tough little critters!

A Photo A Day - No. 203

A Slice of Carrot
One of the Purple Carrots from the Heirloom Mix.
It made a very colourful addition to my Stir-fry last night!

Me a Subversive?

Oh gosh now Crazy Mumma has nominated me for a "Frugal Subversive Award". CM said:
" Of course my nomination naturally includes Doc by default ;-) Cheers! "
So I reckon Doc can do 2 of the tags, just to be fair of course!!!

According to a dictionary meaning this award translates as:

"A radical supporter of political or social revolution (by) Avoiding waste"

Or as Rhonda (who initiated this award) put it:

"bloggers who consistently turn their backs on consumerism to live frugally in a creative and authentic way. These bloggers have made me think in innovative ways about my own life and how I can make a difference making, reusing, and just saying "no" to mindless spending."

So for my tag I've chosen Bean Sprouts a newly added link on my list but a site full of great "Frugal" ideas, and an amazing list of links!


1. When you are tagged, write a post with links to three blogs who have inspired you with their frugal creativity or innovation.

2. In your post, please link back to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme and save the award graphic.
3. Leave a comment or message for the bloggers you’re tagging, so they they know they're received the award.

4. Display the Frugal Subversive Award badge to identify your blog as part of the movement that is turning its back on consumerism at any cost.

Sunday, 22 July 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 202

Ninja and Doc
Here we have Ninja trying to make friends with Doc.
Doc really isn't a Cat person!
But Ninja keeps trying!
Doc prefers Dogs just ask Lucky Dog.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

Friday, 20 July 2007

Little Visitor

My attention was caught this morning when I thought I saw some movement out the corner of my eye.
Look who I found!

At first I thought it was a Willy Wagtail. These cheeky little birds are quite common in our region but rarely venture into my garden (something to do with the Black Ninja I suspect!!).

This little bird was different but just as cheeky.

After serious consultation with my bird bible 'The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds' I now believe this little fellow to be Grey Fantail - Rhipidura fuliginosa, actually a close relative of the Willy Wagtail - Rhipidura leucophrys.

He stayed long enough for me to photograph him. For which I thanked him. He wasn't scared of me and in fact he nearly landed on my shoulder. He is welcome in Scarecrow's Garden as his favourite food is insects so hopefully he'll take a liking to some of the bugs in my vegetable patch.

According to the fact sheet from Birds in the Backyard Grey Fantails often migrate North in winter to warmer areas of Australia, so I'm glad this one decided to visit my garden.
"The Grey Fantail occasionally visits densely-planted urban gardens, particularly during the winter migration. Often makes use of eucalypt trees."

He must have liked the gum trees in the garden!

Thank you little bird.
You made my day!


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