It has been all systems go the later part of this week and the weekend. And we’ve achieved heaps. 😀 Continue reading
It’s a magic moment when you sink onto the couch at the end of the day, having worked hard and then realising you ache so much that you can’t get up again. 🙂 Yes, that’s right, magic moment! I LOVE that feeling. Ok, well maybe I don’t actually like being in pain but the satisfaction of having truly earned those aches and pains is awesome. 😀 Continue reading
I hate weed-mat. 😦
I detest weed-mat. 😦
I loathe, despise and abhor weed-mat. 😦
Just in case you are in any doubt, I cannot stand weed-mat! And when it’s covered in pebbles and a tonne of weeds are growing on top of the mat (yeah, highly effective isn’t it 😦 ) and it all needs to be moved in order to do what we want to in the garden, well it is wretched, frustrating and non-recyclable rubbish. And our front garden is riddled with the stuff!
Happy Father’s Day to all those Aussie Dads out there. We spent our Father’s Day making Dad earn his keep I’m afraid. 😉 We have ripped, torn, pulled, tugged, lifted and dug up several different types of weed-mat today, installed 1 of the 2 cherry tree beds (the separation is to allow for a tap that runs through next to our old front steps) and started on the second one. We planted out our strawberries (I’ll pick up more of them on sale up at Diggers some time this week 🙂 ) and I also planted out 8 raspberry canes. I bought the Diggers raspberry collection so I have 2 each of Autumn Bliss, Chilliwack, Sandford and Williamette. I also dug up and moved a handful of Erlicheer bulbs that I missed digging up last autumn and replanted them in a more appropriate position.
The blueberry bed is looking good and holding up well considering there are a few bolts that need fixing. I have 5 bushes, 4 varieties in there. There are 2 Brigitta bushes, one at either end, and one each of Denise, Northland and Blue Rose.
We also extracted the last of the stones (I hope) from the edge of what was the rose garden and is now the cherry bed and repositioned them along the top of the now drained pond. The old path has been mostly lifted up – terracotta pavers – and moved outside Martin’s shed which has been up until now a bit of a muddy mire. I also managed to get a top rail in place to cover where the old front steps were which is now much safer for anyone taller than 120cm at least. 😉 The wire and hooks are ready to go once I exchange the crimps for some the right size. 😦
Basically, we have worked our (not so) little hippy butts off today and I for one am utterly exhausted. Narf7, the motivation bug clearly sank its fangs into me early this morning as we have achieved all this despite me starting the day with a migraine. 🙂 Thank goodness for paracetamol, ibruprofen and coffee (ok, not so natural but oh so necessary). The kids have enjoyed another day running around and have have helped with watering in the berries, moving lucerne biscuits (calling them biscuits was less effective this time round – “fool me once Mum” says Jasper) and of course playing and running and having a blast. 🙂 The most help they gave us actually was to help us fill in our giant driveway puddle with gravel collected from various areas of our front garden. The puddle is no more. 😀 and the kids are happy and muddy. 🙂
This week I hope i get the chance to rip up the weed-mat underneath the stones to the east of the ex-path as I plan to build the asparagus bed there and I would dearly love to get that done although with Monday afternoon at gym and visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday I am not holding my breath. Next weekend though we simply MUST move those logs as the fruit trees really NEED to be in the soil now. Hmmm, maybe I should move logs this week instead. So much to do!
The bare rooted trees needing planting are 2 apples, a pear and a nashi pear although the nashi is in a small pot. I also hope to get 4 or 5 sultana grape vines to plant along the fence and I have a Purple Elder to plant out too. It’s a big ‘un though (6mx6m) so I need to do some thinking before making any commitments as to where to plant that one and I am hoping that some judicious pruning in its earlier years will see it reaching less lofty dimensions. The berries and flowers are fantastically medicinal though and the flowers will also do their bit for attracting pollinators to the garden. Oh, and I still have seeds to sow. Seriously, Spring is an insanely busy time for gardeners. Fun though. 😛
Well dinner has just pulled into the drive (Indian take away no less!) so I am off. 🙂 Stay well hippies. I hope you enjoyed the first day of Spring as much as we did. 😀
We are down to 1 sleep! 1 more sleep until we bid on the start of our new life. I dreamed about the auction last night. I dreamed that I was busy doing something and then realised just as the auctioneer started on the “going… going…” Gut wrench! So, I woke up with the jitters and nerves this morning. Thankfully a friend was coming over and we planned a trip to either Collingwood Childrens Farm or CERES. We chose CERES and off we went. After discussions with Martin we had decided to buy our fruit trees and have them ready to plant out so I was given a licence to shop. Not as dangerous as it sounds, I’m not a huge fan of shopping, unless I’m op shopping but I must admit I had a good time choosing my trees and varieties.
I bought a cherry tree.
2 apple trees, A dwarf Red Delicious and a dwarf Red Fuji and they both cross pollinate each other. Just need my Granny Smith now.
And a dwarf peach tree. Absolutely stoked to find this variety too. It’s a prolific bearer and prized for it’s bottling properties which is for what it is primarily wanted. Can’t wait to harvest and bottle my very own peaches! 😀
A mulberry tree which I plan to grow next to our chicken yard so they can gobble up any fallen berries. As I sit here looking at the picture I can smell my Nanna’s amazing mulberry pie in my memory. That 20+ year old memory is why I decided to plant a mulberry tree.
A lemon tree which has some big boots to fill. I am used to trying to figure out what to do with a surplus of lemons every year so I have high expectations of this fellow.
I still have a few other trees and berry bushes to get but I’m not in such a burning hurry now that I have these. I would like my apricot tree and olive trees in this year too but it doesn’t look likely to happen. For now though, I am a happy camper. We just need to unpack them all from the car in the morning. Oops.
Oh, and there is a 50% off sale on bare rooted trees at the moment too. Time to get down and grab a bargain.
Well, my sourdough is in the fridge ready for baking in the morning. The car is packed, the snacks are ready by the door for loading when we load up the kids, Martin has the bike and accessories ready, now just to try and get some sleep then get kids ready in the morning then off to Ballan we go. The last 6 weeks had seemed a very long time to wait 6 weeks ago but now that it’s here I can only say time has flown. I will let you all know how we go tomorrow. Wish us luck. 😀