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Looking after ourselves

Re: Self care by growing a garden

@Darcy, Mr Lincoln is a beauty. Mum had it in her garden years ago. Reliable, well shaped and fragrant. Black Boy is also pretty good.

Hi @EOR, @frog.
Cold and windy here too. Am still nursing the cold I've had, but I have managed to do some weeding, and planted some parsnip seeds (in the ground) and rockmelon seeds (in pots).

Parsnip seed is often hard to germinate, but the ones I've put in are very fresh, so I've tried planting them individually at their final spacings, and will replant any that don't come up. I put in maybe 50-60 seeds, so that was fiddly but not quite totally insane. Smiley Wink


Need to do a lot of yard cleanup still before fire danger kicks in here. While I don't much like the cold and wet, at least it means we've got more leadup time.


Re: Self care by growing a garden

@frog, I've seen some impressive small gardens. Sometimes little spaces can be more productive than big ones because you can properly pay attention to everything. I reduced the area I was actively gardening over the past couple of years because with everything else happening, I wasn't managing to keep it all alive. I'm hoping to gradually re-expand, improving the soil and the layout as I go.
What would be brilliant would be small space intensive productivity in a big yard... my dream, still to discover whether it's a practicable reality.



Re: Self care by growing a garden

way to go @frog Smiley Very Happy

need some rain up here @Smc , @Darcy , @EOR , @Adge 

35 degrees today

i want to get some more colour in my little flower corner , one day xxx

Re: Self care by growing a garden

Wet season's coming -  be patient 🌀☔☔☔☔

Max of 14'C here today ,🙂

@ Darcy  I checked, the garden, everything was dry, and wilty, so just as well i checked... thanks. . Must be the wind. Ate a couple lettuce leaves 😋 😬


Re: Self care by growing a garden

Wet season's coming - be patient, very true @EOR Smiley Very Happy

and when it rains , it wont stop

Re: Self care by growing a garden

Weeds = tenacious blighters😬 @EOR 


A bit of colour in the garden = 👍😀🐞 @Shaz51 


Home grown tomatoes = yum 🍅 @frog


@Sheila  how is your patch coming along?


@Smc  hope you get an above average parsnip germination rate.


@Adge  how is your garden?



Re: Self care by growing a garden

My plants are a bit frazzled by the heat @Darcy

Though still flowering (roses & hibiscus etc).

I just sprayed the roofs of my 3 aviaries with the garden hose - to cool the birds down.

They were panting with the heat (about 37 C).


Re: Self care by growing a garden

Actually the temperature reached 40 C here today @Shaz51

Higher than I thought.


Re: Self care by growing a garden

wow @Adge , take care of our birds and babies Heart

Re: Self care by growing a garden

Yep @Shaz51 That's why I hosed the aviary roofs (to cool them down).

I don't want to lose those (4) baby Java finches.

They're so cute!

They're all poking their heads out through the netbox hole (out of curiosity).

One almost fell out, with the other babies pushing behind it....


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