A Busy Start to the Year!

Back from a wintery Christmas in Blighty, we were treated to 35 degrees and 90% humidity but we are made of strong stuff and set about the making of our new market garden beds. Needless to say-the Italian Stallion (no not the swarthy farm hand) walking tractor earned his dollars!

IMG_0919The kind folk of the Shire and a ring-in from Brisvegas came along to help with the yearly garlic planting and a new poly tunnel was built to house the heritage tomatoes. I like to call her Big Bertha in honour of one of the varieties ;). No blood was spilt during the two day construction of the tunnel by myself and the surly farm hand but a wry smile crossed his lips when I was startled by a small brown snake shooting over my left boot into the undergrowth!

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We received steady but not flooding rain in February and the grass grew!IMG_1088_2

We planted seeds aplenty and tried to convert another keen vegetable grower (brother of farm hand) to the mystical delights of moon phase planting. Even though his micro greens shot up like a rat up a drain pipe-he still remains staunchly skeptical…

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We managed to go on a road trip down to the beautiful central NSW coast at Gerringong to undertake a Market Gardeners course under the watchful eye of the folks at Milkwood hosted by Buena Vista Farm-what a delight that was!

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I learnt all about intensive market gardening, hand tools for market gardens and how to compost those pesky fox carcases……

IMG_1114So back home-the cattle were pleased to see me and fancy new hens were bought to swell the lovely laying flock.

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From my growing experiences at the start of the year-I reckon there is something in that moon planting method so I will get Vinnie to have a word in the ear of my brother-in-law to see if can’t finally convince him 😉DSC_0017~3[2]

 

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