A weekend at the Village Continuum 2015

As you may remember, this weekend was when I was being given a weekend pass to take 3 whole days off to attend the Village Continuum this weekend just gone. Continue reading

Tomato planting time

I have not a single photo to share but I’ve spent the day in the garden, focused on planting. Will you forgive me? :)

Given the forecast for the next week won’t drop below 6°C overnight and the days are predominantly warm, I figured I would plant out my tomatoes. It’s officially tomato planting weekend anyway (Melbourne Cup weekend is considered the time to plant tomatoes in Melbourne and surrounds) so I roped Martin in to help.

We’ve planted Money Maker again after it’s most prolific fruiting last year, as well as Roma for bottling. I’ve not planted any cherry tomato seeds but instead snapped off the shoots from the tomatoes that have struggled on through neglect and cold on my back deck to grow. I’ve plenty of cherry tomatoes all in need of bigger pots. :)

I also decided to clear out my seeds this year. I’ve many varieties I’ve collected over the last couple of years, some I’ve just not planted, others I’ve tried and they didn’t sprout or got forgotten etc, but seeds only maintain viability for a certain amount of years, likely less given their haphazard storage here so I reasoned I’d grow a few of each and if I liked them I’d figure out if they were worth keeping or not. From memory I have Purple Cherokee, Black Russian, Purple Jasper, Pink Oxheart, Mr Stripey, Yellow Pear (cherry), Green Zebra and 1 or 2 others. I’ve planted out about 2 of each and we shall see what impresses the palate. :)

We also planted out some of the pumpkins, gherkins, spaghetti squash, cantaloupe (rockmelon) and honeydew melons. I’ve got some purchased watermelon seedlings yet to go in but to be honest, I’m stuffed after today so they will be required to wait until Tuesday.

All the plants have been tagged with aluminium plant labels. Now for those that know me I’m not a fan of aluminium. The jury is out on food safety, I’ve heard connections between aluminium and Alzheimer’s and it’s pretty energy intense if I can remember back to the assignment I did on the stuff in grade 6 but sometimes the stuff finds its way into our house and this time, rather than popping the cans into the recycling bin I decided to emulate a friend and use it to make plant labels.

Take 1 empty soft drink or beer can and cut off the top with a sharp knife (carefully – it’s slippery stuff). Then, using scissors, cut down the height of the can, cutting strips as wide or narrow as you desire for your labels. Then, again using scissors, cut each label off the base of the can. The leftover pieces go into recycling and you have your plant labels. If you plant the same varieties each year then they will last forever! Using a ball point pen (a dead one is perfect), write on your labels, pressing hard. The pen almost engraves in the soft metal and you never have to worry about permanent marker being less than permanent. :) The only issue I can see is that they edges can be sharp.

Anyway, I’m off to put my feet up for 15 minutes before dinner. :) What have you been up to this Melbourne Cup weekend (and if you are lucky enough to have the Cup Day holiday on Tuesday, what are your plans?

SGA Sustainable Open Gardens and Tours: Angelo’s Garden – Preston


If you want to see an awesome example of a permaculture garden, micro climates and just how much you can achieve in a tiny suburban back yard then PLEASE visit Angelo’s garden. I went earlier this year and can’t begin to tell you how blown my mind was and still is over everything he has squeezed in to his garden.

Originally posted on Deep Green Permaculture:

Horticullture and Gardening Classes SGA Sustainable Open Gardens and Tours: Angelo's Garden - Preston by Sustainable Gardening Australia

Sunday 15th November 2015

Event: One Hour Workshop with Garden Tour

Two sessions – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cost: $15

We will be participating in the Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) Open Gardens and Tours in 2015, details of the event as follows:

SGA Sustainable Open Gardens and Tours: Angelo’s Garden – Preston

By bookings only – Angelo’s Food Forest is a living example of the principles of permaculture gardening. See how a conventional backyard has been transformed into a thriving, productive biodiverse demonstration Permaculture food forest with over 30 fruit trees, dozens of berries, unusual medicinal herbs, native bush food plants, hydroponic systems as well as plenty of exotic edibles from around the world too.

Click here to book your place at this event

What You Will Learn
  • How to sustainably incorporate ornamental plants for pest and disease management
  • How permaculture techniques can…

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