I was sitting in the dining room last night tapping away on the laptop writing this post. A particularly pleasant aroma was wafting around the room – rosemary, garlic and roast lamb (sorry all you vegetarians). Hubby was cooking our dinner …
Truthfully not everything is always rosy at Frog Pond Farm. Andrew arrived indoors the other night and said ‘something has been munching on a few of our olive trees’. That made me stop what I had been doing. Those trees you see, have become very important to me – they produce fantastic olive oil and the thought of losing a tree or two just isn’t on the agenda at all. Believe me ….
I have my suspicions on the insect culprit involved – but the jury is out until someone in the know confirms!
What have I done? Smeared pruning paste over the furrows which I dug into removing frass and bark … wiping a tear at the time. Then I applied Neem granules into the soil around the affected trees. I gave one tree (pictured above) a massive feed of Rok solid (seaweed/fish/basalt rock) and rubbed a bio dynamic pruning paste into the wound (kindly donated by a good buddy of mine – thanks Vick!).
Enough of olives …
I planted a spud garden over the weekend, which given that we had spuds growing in the same place last year is fraught with danger. I’m a huge advocate of rotating crops to avoid pests and disease. But I’m also a realist and given that this bed doesn’t get all day sun by any extent of the imagination, there isn’t much that will grow in this space with the exception of potatoes. Do we get good spud crops from this garden? Absolutely! So hubby cleared all the weeds and bits from here last weekend and gave the bed a mini broad fork, the soil in here by the way is amazing. As much as I hate disturbing the soil and destroying those microorganisms abodes, sometimes it is necessary to aerate the soil and make it more friable. I then threw about coffee grounds, wood ash (lime substitute), Rok solid and lots of good growing vibes. I created 3 rows mounding the soil to a height of about 5 inches, placed the spuds on top at about 12 inch intervals. Next up, I poked the spuds sprouts up into a hole lined with comfrey leaves and piled the dirt back over. Then as I do, I grabbed a watering can and splashed about chook and sheep poo tea … Heaven! I can nearly see those spuds growing. Oh they are Purple Heart and Cliff Kidney varieties, fingers crossed for Christmas munching.
The spring flowers are springing! Wow … this is such a pretty time of year. So much colour and vigour in the garden.
Oh I hasten to add and nearly forgot – I had to net my strawberries. Within a few days they have started to redden up and were providing the wildlife with a sweet snack!
- Feed all the olive trees with seaweed fertiliser (spray)
- Apply organic boron to same trees
- Give those olives a ‘pep talk’
- Find out what has damaged our olive trees
- Labour day is earmarked for plant removal and bed prepping – time to get my seedlings in the dirt and out of our kitchen
- Throw about more homemade seaweed brew into veg garden
- Keep an eye on the newly planted spud garden – attack imminent by escapee chooks
- Spend time gazing at the buckwheat and thinking how lovely it is
- Buy 1/2 tonne of rok solid and then …
- Fertilise all our fruit trees. Perfect!
- Spray the lemons soon with Neem oil for white fly and thrips
- Carrots .. no comment I’m still laughing
- Spring onions the odd one
- Loads of herbs – mint and parsley are going into our morning juices
- Lemons – these go into the juices too, plus dressings, casseroles and anything else that needs some life!
- Kale – juices in the morning
- Spinach – thrown over the fence to the chooks
- Beetroot – perfect with the kale, carrots, herbs, pineapple and whatever else I can get my mitts on for those am juices
- Eggs – the girls are nearly at full production already
And to finish more pics of our place …
Happy gardening …