I like to write about simple healthy living. This blog has evolved over a few years and includes some time living in the country and enjoying raising chickens, walking dogs and growing our own veggies. We are back in the city for a while to build the bank account so that we can retire back in the country in the not too distant future. Till then it's two days at a time.
Today is the end of my working life in the city and while I am very happy to be moving permanently to the “bush” there are things I will miss. Actually it's the people I will miss!
I’ve been working for the last year or so with a group of great people and I will dearly miss the chats, lunches, drinks, and just the general highs and lows that we have shared.
This picture is part of the fantastic gift they gave to me. They also gave me a voucher for the hardware shop where I will be looking for a gate to be part of the fence we (Garry) are about to build around the garden to stop Lilly and Layla digging up the veggies. (stay tuned ………)
Monday I start a new job 15 mins from our property but today I feel sad to be leaving good friends……………………
I love the mornings and am so glad that I was born a morning person ! I have a lot of work on outside of my normal work at the moment so that means I need to spend a fair amount of time in my office on the weekends. That's not hard, this is the view from my office window.
Before I start work in the mornings I go for a walk around the gardens and see what has happened over night. This is a pumpkin I hand pollinated yesterday morning and hopefully it did the trick and will grow. If we don't hand pollinate our pumpkins we don't get any. I need to plant flowers to attract the bees.
Lilly sees me with the camera in my hand and sits in front of me in her best pose.
Layla and Lilly both come up to say Good Morning to the chooks.
Most of our crops have finished for the summer. We still have some eggplant maturing and we also have a whole garden of sweet potato that is coming along well but won't be ready till around April (I think). A couple of weeks ago we planted an Okra and a Chilli bush. We still have loads of basil, parsley, oregano and chives but that's pretty much it. We pulled out the rest of the tomato plants and the silverbeet and fed that to the chooks. We have a couple of pumpkin plants but no pumpkins yet. This time last year we had about 7 pumpkins ready for picking so it's disappointing not to have any this year. The bees haven't been doing their job at all. Last year we helped the bees along and hand pollinated a lot of plants. This time we haven't found as many open flowers so this has been a little hard to do.
We've (mostly Garry) been working on improving the soil with loads of organic compost, and because our natural soil is basically clay we also add a lot of gypsum to break the clay down. That with many wheelbarrows full of chook manure from the coop should do the trick.
We've added three new gardens which you can see in the photo above. We decided to be economical and take the top layer of 3 of our existing gardens to create these 3 low gardens. It is luxury to garden at hip height but the reality is the wood is expensive and the gardens require a lot more soil. This way we have more gardens to grow our next crops. This year we are going to plan the planting a bit better and try to provide for the 2 of us for as long as we can.