New planting

This month has been very exciting and busy. We have juggled the arrival of grandbaby Violet with revitalising soil and planting autumn/winter crops.

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In the one bed still containing summer plants – capsicums, eggplant and spinach – we have planted bok choy and mini red cabbages, plus white violas to try and fool the pesky cabbage moths. It is amazing how quickly the seedlings have grown in just two weeks.

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The galvanised beds that Jamie topped up with our compost are full of healthy worms.

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Today we planted one with cabbages.

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And the other with kale, cauliflower and marigolds for soil health.

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We have been experimenting with netting to keep the cabbage moths off our plants. Jamie made this erection from recycled stakes, old pool hose and a mosquito net intended for a cot. So far it is working!

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We had a few leftover mini red cabbages and cauliflowers so popped them into pots.

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In the front garden we have continued to add to the herb garden in the hope of attracting more bees to the bee hotel. A few rooms in the hotel appear to be occupied.

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They seem to love this stunning blue salvia.

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As well as the flowering lemon verbena.

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And the last of the sunflowers.

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Our last watermelon is still growing. Hopefully, we will continue to have enough warmth for it to ripen.

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We harvested the last of the leeks so added loads of worm-filled compost to the bed and popped in some silverbeet, spinach and more white violas.

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Last week we purchased some new seeds which we plan to sow very soon.

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Finally, Jamie put up my latest op shop find – fluttering leaves made from sun-safe kite material. They are beautifully tranquil and catch the light in a stained glass effect.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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