Talking up Veg . .

Per usual the weekend is when we are busiest in the garden and this time of the year even more so. TB managed to plant out a whole stack of seedlings, leeks, broccoli, Tongue of Fire beans and some chrysanthemum (for leaves to eat – I have no idea what colour or size flowers these will produce). I was on the fertilising and covering potatoes detail. This was great except when the easterly blew in yesterday evening we were assailed with eau de chook poo!

While planting the seedlings out TB used a tip we saw on gardening Australia this week. A visit to Lolo Houbein’s garden (a transcript is available if you missed the show where she was using offcuts of poly pipe to act as a physical barriers to slugs and snails. As an extra she would cut the bottom out of a large yoghurt container and also stick this inside the poly tube to provide a warm growing habitat to get the seedling off to a good start. I’ve included some pictures – we’ve only done stage one so far.

Thank heavens for the tank. We have enough slope and a tank that, for the moment at least is still full enough to gravity feed our drip irrigation system. Not only is this good for our plants and the water situation in general, but the local wildlife are taking advantage as well. I glanced outside the other morning to see a Currawong having a drink from the drips coming out of the pipes. Clever bird.

Advanced notice that the episode of gardening Australia for the coming weekend, 21 November, is featuring a Canberra Garden.

Gardening for Canberra: John Patrick explores a garden designed to
thrive in Canberra’s extreme climate, provide local fauna habitat
and contribute to a carbon neutral household.

One of my friends recently reminded me that the ABC ‘s Radio National recently devoted one of their Friday talkback’s to the grow your own veg movement. The main guests were Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, chef and writer and Michael Mobbs Sustainability Consultant. I thought that Michael’s contribution was most interesting as he has started a local movement to plant gardens on the roadsides in his suburb of Chippendale (Sydney). The link to his website where you can find more info is:

One of the other areas which several callers spoke about was just the visual pleasure of looking at their gardens. I agree wholeheartedly. There is a great enjoyment to be found not only in watching you garden grow but in all the small details. I’ve added some photos taken in our plot which I hope will share some of this beauty with you. Beautiful onion domes with enough ribbing and detail to make any Tsar jealous. Surprisingly detailed composite heads of the carrots – we’ve never had carrots go to seed before so how would we know? A Grey Butcherbird who has taken up residence in our garden over the past few weeks. You can always tell when this fellow is around because of his warbling call (although one birding friend tells me that he thinks the call sounds somewhat hysterical!).

You can still listen to the episode by downloading the show at the Lifematters website Talkback: vegging out, 23 October 2009



One thought on “Talking up Veg . .

  1. Thank you for the link to the Radio National program – I know they have lots of good things that I wouldn’t have heard about any other way, but I missed this, so shall gladly download it.The idea of planting on the nature strips is really just an extenstion of your leaving your excess seedlings out to be used by others, isn’t it?

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