On Sunday morning we went to the Meadows Country Market. It is held on the second Sunday of every month and we often venture there to buy farm fresh fruit, jams and organic seedlings. This time we came home with a lots of lovely fruit and plants as well as some Christmas gifts (including some for our new grand-baby due in March).
Once home I planted the two basil plants in some recycled pots.
I think these olive oil cans look particularly gorgeous filled with basil!
On Saturday Miss Ruby insisted on posing with her sunflowers.
Even though we had planted dozens of seeds only three came up, and they were all in a clump! So on Sunday Jamie covered the area with a load of compost and I sowed some more and covered them with cloches. I divided the clump and replanted the other two sunflowers; they are looking a little limp but will hopefully survive. I also spread some Queen Anne’s Lace seeds in-between the cloches and covered them with a thin layer of compost and pea straw mulch. I really hope they grow.
The geranium ‘stalk’ I planted under our pine tree earlier this Spring has grown some leaves. You can see their bright lime green leaves to the right of our resident magpies.
Late Sunday afternoon Jamie and I went to the Transitions Film Festival to see ‘Growing Cities’ a “documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time.”
Included at the screening of this fantastic film was a Q&A panel comprising Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia), Nat Wiseman (Wagtail Farm) and Alistair Martin (RipeNearMe). It was a great experience; best of all was the realisation that the cinema was filed with like-minded souls!
Fast forward to today, another warm one. On the way home from work we went to the Patch to give the new seedlings a drink. We discovered a zucchini that was just a flower on Saturday was now huge!
Here is a photo of the zucchini to show exactly how large it is. Quite impressive for 4 days growth!
The watermelon is expanding.
The corn and beans are growing tall.
We have fruit on the Amish tomato.
And the chocolate capsicum is covered in flowers.
Lastly, on Saturday I took a snap of a couple of Stink bugs doing what comes naturally in Spring.
Today I found the fruit of their labours on a sock hanging on the washing line!