Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Plant audit and garden preparedness (Sept 20 2008)

It would be so easy to get myself in a right tizz over what has been happening in the US economy. Instead I am going to focus on what I have achieved in the garden in the past twelve months. Yes, I only started to plant up this garden a year ago as I spent the first eight months almost comatose from undiagnosed Graves Disease (weak, breathlessness, heart palpatations, resting pulse rate of 138bpm).

When we moved into this house, the backgarden had six palm trees and grass. Now we have the following;

6 palm trees (Give me one good reason why The Husband insists on keeping these useless water suckers!)

Bed 1

Eggplant, tansy, youngberries, garlic, yarrow, loganberies, onions, shallots, raspberries, valencia orange, meyer lemon, mandarin, cumquat, lemongrass, indian guava, 3 midyim berries, sweet potatoes, 1 flying dragon citrus, strawberries, capulin cherry.

Bed 2

Broad beans, rocket, spinach, perpetual spinach, radishes, lettuce, silverbeet, spring onions, kale, dwarf lemon, passionfruit, carrots, strawberries.

Bed 3 Broad beans, bananas, blueberry, cranberry, lemon, mizuna, tomatoes, basil, pineapple, artichokes, mustard, edible chrysanthemums, brocolli, pumpkin, tomatoes, snow peas, cucumbers, collard greens, eggplant, french beans, corn, squash, Irish strawberry tree, guava

Middle of garden ‘lawn’: Weeping white mulberry

Bed 4

Orange, mango, avocado, elderberry, white turnips, strawberries, radishes, asparagus, tomatoes, cabbages, lettuce, onions, broad beans, snow apples, kale, pink lady apples, nashi, medlar, nectarine, pear, coffee, fig, youngberry, eggplant, 2 oranges, pepino

Strawbale bed 1

chinese cabbage, beetroot, brocolli, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, bak choy, spinach, garlic

Strawbale bed 2

Celery, kale, beetroot cabbages, broad beans, spinach and garlic.

Potato bed

Pink fir apples, king edwards, sapphires

I have realised that the only herbs I have are yarrow, tansy, parsley, aloe vera and nastursiums. Time to rethink.

Trying to stay focussed on reducing debt. Trying to accept what we have here with grace. Still knitting wool squares to join together to make warm blankets for winter so that we don’t need to use the heater.

Best of all, through blogging I am networking and making wonderful friends.

Tags: plant audit

9 Responses to “Plant audit and garden preparedness”
1.molly Says:

September 24th, 2008 at 2:52 am e

Succinctly and astutely said!


2.naturewitch Says:

September 24th, 2008 at 6:28 am e

WOW! That is such a lot to have put in the ground over such a short period of time. Well done, you! And what a fabulous lot of good food for your family. xxx

3.Nat Says:

September 24th, 2008 at 7:40 am e

Well done!
Best of all I now have a better idea of what I can bring you on Sat! Would you like some feverfew, oregano and pyrethrum?

4.marmee Says:

September 24th, 2008 at 10:24 am e

your new website looks great.
what a lot you have planted in the little amount of time you have had especially when dealing with such health issues. good for you! none of us want to focus on the economy so gardening is a good outlet. plus you pretty much have to stay home to tend it(no driving around using up all that expensive gas.)

5.Stewart Says:

September 24th, 2008 at 11:24 pm e

6 palm trees (Give me one good reason why The Husband insists on keeping these useless water suckers!)
Nope, can’t think of one. Are they close enough to string a hammock between?
Wow you’ve been busy. How big is this backyard?

6.Descentia Says:

September 25th, 2008 at 5:40 pm e

Wow. I am soooo impressed and inspired. I would absolutely LOVE some pictures for more inspiration.

7.admin Says:

September 25th, 2008 at 6:48 pm e

I have taken more photos but can’t put them up as we are on dial up atm! Hopefully our internet will be back to normal today.

8.Lisa Says:

September 25th, 2008 at 10:49 pm e

My god woman, I think i’ve caught graves disease just reading the list of your 12 months of planting. That’s bloody amazing and I salute you Crony. Lisa x

9.Tara (U~E) Says:

September 26th, 2008 at 2:10 am e

I am so impressed, and love the new website! I am starting my very own little patch of veggie self-sufficiency tomorrow, and am getting so much inspiration from your site that I’ll probably get it on the list of banned websites at work, lol!

Organic-straw hat off to you - you do amazing work.


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