Thursday, 30 October 2008

In The Garden

We were given some freebie organic vegie seedlings about two weeks ago from a local farmer, who is also a parent at our school. Yesterday I finally got them in the ground. In doing so, I found a new Jumping Jack's nest so I will need to find a vegie gardening friendly way to get rid of those nasty little critters.

Beans went in first. Perhaps too close together, but I didn't want to get close to the Jumping Jacks.
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Then came the tomatoes. Apparently this are shrub varieties and do not need staking. We shall see!

Finally, the rhubarb. It died off at the end of last season and has come back with a vengence! I looked out there not 3 weeks ago and lo and behold look what happened!!!! It grows in spite of me or the lack of rain! I think I might have to make some rhubarb muffins for the weekend.


I need to go in search of zucchini and eggplant seedlings now...and whatever else I may happen to see that we like eating. I was so impressed with Kate's eggplants last year that I figure if they won't grow where I live, then they won't grow anywhere. There are commerical nursery growers over my back fence, after all!


belinda said...

Hi Tracy,

I don't want to diminish your hopes but up in these here hills all I can say is Eggplant is marginal. If you can get wonderful advanced seedlings and have a nice brick wall to plant it against that gets full sun you will probably get a reasonable amount of produce.. anything less than that very much MAYBE.

I keep trying because we love them but last year I managed to get 3 fruit before they got wiped out by frost. They really like a long hot summer so for us it really depends on the year.

Good Luck

Chookie said...

For ants, the usual disposal method is to pour a kettle of boiling water into the nest. For best results, get someone else to do the pouring...

Tracy said...

When I figure out where the nest is I'll try that chookie....with blundstones on I think!

Belinda we're not not as high as Mt Dandenong and have no big trees that affect or shade our property...or even next door so I think if there's a chance to be had with eggplant I have everything on my side. Thanks for the warning though ~ it will help me keep my hopes in check!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Good luck with your gardening, Tracy! We are just starting to see some of our fall/winter crops come up--fresh broccoli, yay!--but I have to say I miss my tomatoes.

Tracy said...

We've barely eaten tomatoes this winter Frances. We're eating more seasonally now just because of the taste of supermarket tomatoes and I ojbect to paying such a price for zucchinis that I can grow like a weed here over summer! I now look forward to the upcoming glut of both and then move onto other things for winter.