Saturday, June 24, 2017

Exciting Happenings for the Community Garden

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind, with the Community Garden. Finally we finished the video and uploaded it to Chuffed which is the Crowdfunding Company we are dealing with. An  Australian company that the Sawtell Cinema used and had a successful fundraising, launching it at the Chilli Festival this time 2015, to save the cinema and update everything.

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Sawtell Cinema
 We got notification last Monday that approval had been given and to go ahead and launch ours when ready, so I decided to write to the Chilli Festival organizers to see if we could fit in a table somewhere and was very surprised and thankful they found room for us. They had been booked out since April.
 Nine days left of planning was a bit quick for us, but with an expected 7000 visitors on the day, the opportunity to launch Sat. 1st. July was too good. It is so exciting.

Once that happened I emailed the Editor of our local Advocate Paper, and got a phone call 10 minutes later, and she loved our video and concept and wanted to do a write up. Next day now Thursday had a phone interview and met the photographer at the gardens for several photos. The editor is going to keep helping over the next 90 days with continual updates in their "garden"" section.

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Bob, John and Graham (President) put the sign up today.

We did a quick whip around to the President and Secretary to get some ideas, and  decided hopefully to hang some pictures on a wall behind us, and hand out as much information we could on the day. John has now been madly designing and printing flyers and  putting big size letters for the link on cards and making up templates for those who will leave emails, to donate when they get home. So much work in so short of time.

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”
Ben Carson

If all goes to plan this Community will have a wonderful start. Once we get a roofed pavilion, BBQ and Pizza Oven established, it gives so much scope to hold meetings, to teach and to just have fun.

Wouldn't something like this be nice.

Then if there is enough to get a ride on mower we will be over the moon. One thing I do want is a neat and tidy garden where you can relax under trees, meet friends, or garden in one of the beds. Then join in a social occasion or come to an annual fair. Lots more members would be a great help as well.

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Something like this under the pavilion would be brilliant. 

If all this didn't keep me busy enough, this weekend is another scrapbook event, at the Guide Hall so I was packing and sorting and printing photos all day Friday between washing as well. Pizza for tea that night.

Early Beginning of the first day

 Yours truly

Tomorrow Sunday there will be 19 turning up to "scrap" the most we have ever had. There used to be 5 of us meeting at each others house. Times are certainly changing.

To help us please pass the link onto as many friends you can. Thank you.

Till Next Time.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

An Odd Week

I have been thrown out of kilter this week, but haven't a clue why? Was it because Monday was the Queens Birthday holiday and I didn't go to Embroidery class. Tuesday was messed up, and I didn't go to community garden as had to join a new bank account with a fellow "gardener" and that took forever. Plus spending a lot of computer time trying to get the funding programme together, which is now finished thankfully and just have to apply to Chuffed for approval.

Maybe it's because Wednesday was Hospital infusion day, or that it has been heavily raining most of the week, because Friday was  a 5 load wash day, due  to us going away the weekend before, is still on the line 2 days later, still partially wet.

Picked another driveway pumpkin.

Don't get me wrong the week wasn't a dead loss. Made 2 tracksuits for the twins and finished off a cardigan for Miss V. It was their 4th birthday yesterday.  Visited mum, and washed and cut her hair, which she puts up a fight with when the nurses do it. Made sourdough bread successfully, still learning.  John managed to mulch the prunings left over from last week, so the area looks a little cleaner.

Mulching between bouts of rain and sun.

We had to leave most of it for a nice day to clean up, today is sunny but not going out to the garden have quite a bit to do in the house instead.

From the mulberry tree will use to re-do my little twig fences.

Pruned to half their size. What a mess!

Cloth used for fruit fly cover on fences, pulled down and discovered one horrible vine tangled in it.

Yellow Climbing Rose moved last month has come to life. So glad.

Good news is the 5 bare root  Roses arrived and I have managed to plant 3 of them. I chose 3 from Brindabella range as good for high humidity areas, yellow, and 2 red, a climbing Peace Rose and an Old soft pink English  Rose that I will really have to keep my eye on.

3 of the roses. Good quality as well.

Red Brindabella Rose and Miniature one LHS
Yellow Brindabella

Pink David Austin  -Chaucer.

The climbing snow peas on the bicycle wheel frame are just about finished so I started some new pea seeds in T.Rolls and squared them up to fit in the meat tray. So easy and quick to do and great for those plants that take off like legumes. Plant the pot and all. Good for most seeds really have done tomato, cucumber, zucchini, silver beet in them as well.

Squash down both sides and cut up edge.
Fold bottom over.

Planted Green Snow Peas.

Better to pull our now so new ones can come on.

Today I am going to get my planner up to date. Write out yet another to do list. Plan for visitors in July,  rescue the washing, and hopefully feel like I am in control again. Hope your week was a good one.

Till next time stay safe.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekend At The Gold Coast with John Williamson

The children sent a surprise to John for his birthday last month, being two tickets to a famous Australian country singer, John Williamson, for a concert at his property in a specially  built shed named Willowshed. He lives on top of a steep mountain, at Springbrook, Queensland.

On the right track

View of Willoshed with Old Man Emu

 It rained the whole weekend, torrential in fact, so made for scary driving, and at the property which was so steep and muddy, John had to use 4WD, which he secretly enjoyed.

We walked up to the Shed

 They had a jeep taking some  people up but we walked in the rain, as it had stopped to a drizzle luckily.

Fire was going outside and a sausage sizzle and drinks being served inside.

 Area you can see toilets and sausage sizzle under cover.

Our tickets were actually metal discs, and when handed in both of us received a Navy Enamel Mug, with Willowshed, printed on them. A lovely souvenir to have for our camping trips.

Metal tickets

Willowshed Mugs

The show was really good, only 200 guests per visit, and we had an hour wait before the show to look at all the bits and pieces on the walls. Drink tea, eat sausages. A lot of guest did BYO.

One of many walls with old paraphernalia
Stage all set up.
He had with him a violin/ accordion player plus another guitar/melodica player.

Seating for show

200 people fitted quite comfortably and easy to see him high on the stage. Just about all the men had akubra type hats on.

We ended up buying a double, lined up for it to be signed and with a photo of the two of us.

He looked like this for all the photos lol

View on our walk back to the ute.

We stayed at a Air B &B, in Nerang,  which was modest but cheap and the hostess was very nice, and owned 2 spoilt dogs.

Charlie and Buddy

We also  visited Carrara markets, for breakfast Sunday morning, and looked around at what shops were left, due to the Commonwealth  Games using the area next year.

Johns favorite hat shop

The drive  home was in mostly torrential rain as it never stopped all weekend. We played the new CD which actually was 4 separate ones, all the way back. Stopped at Evans Head an old Christmas holiday haunt  that our families went to when we were still at school, and didn't recognise anything, but had a lovely cup of coffee and cake at the bakers shop.

The first thing I did was light the fire to dry out the house. We had empty buckets in the garden all full of water. This is twice now we have gone away in the rain. Hope you enjoyed our little trip

Till next time. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Autumn Clean Up

I do love this time of the year, for me it is the end of the growing season, and time to clean up the mess from the summer. Don't get me wrong, I still have things growing, but unlike our northern gardeners who have the luxury of 3 months off more or less over Christmas, here in Australia, autumn and winter is our time, to get ready, in the middle of the year.

Potting Bench Now Where Seedling Table was.

Once our glasshouse/greenhouse went up a lot of things were moved around in the potting shed and John also dumped a heap of pots and soil and whatever he found "in the corner", I wasn't even able to get in, so in the past couple of weeks been madly digging and cleaning and filling up the green waste rubbish bin like there is no tomorrow.

Other Side with a Collection of Pots.

This week is a Council Cleanup and I have been putting old pots and trays out, wicker baskets, only to have them picked up by the neighbours as fast as I get them there.

The Very Last Pile of Rubbish for this Area

Cleaned up all of the pathways and under the back  Lemonade Tree, it is so full I am a bit worried the limbs will break. Will pick them off this week. Trouble is I still have frozen lemon juice from last year still in the freezer.

Lemonade Lemon

New Carrot Bed with Ranunculas in the Back Pots and Potatoes in the front.

I have dedicated the bed that had leeks to flowers this year and planted daffodils and ranunculas which I put into pots and buried,  so as not to lose them. Got a lot of bulbs from the Flower Show.
Still have to put in some more seedlings,  and by spring should look very nice.

From Leeks to a  Flower Bed

Walkway with Hyrdrangea, Bulbs and Geranium.

Last year the above bed had a very large Cape Gooseberry with the papery skin. I noticed this year it has come up in the Blueberry garden so hovering on moving it, but not here.

Meyer Lemon and Lime Trees

I noticed yesterday these two trees had nasty splits on the bark  on quite a few branches in all sizes,and looking that up discovered it was due to what is called Citrus Snow. Tiny insects that suck the goodness out of the bark which doesn't let it expand and thus causes the bark to split. They are not very visible until you actually go looking.

Showing Citrus Snow on a tiny Kafir Lime Tree in a Pot.

After a Scrubbing Split is a Hand long, on Lemon Tree

I took to both trees with a bucket of hot water in which I put detergent and some oil in it and scrubbed them with a brush till it came off. Lucky I keep my trees at my height roughly. The leaves still have this insect on and they travel from citrus tree to citrus tree by someone rubbing against it or picking fruit from the trees, and moving around.  I will now get a rag and make sure with white oil, every inch of this tree is covered. This blocks the breathing passages of insects. Will be watching them very closely. I noticed also some of the leaves are yellowing, due to these insects, so will give them a good dose of citrus fertilizer. Really hoping I won't lose them and the splits heal up and don't get infected with some other disease.

More Splits and Citrus Snow

On a brighter note the garlic is up in the 2nd bed at the back the other being at the front.

Garlic and Onion Bed.

The view of the clean back garden. I still would like to give the pavers the "Kacher" pressure clean but it is so messy, maybe another day.

Clean (ish) Garden.
Looking Left to Lemonade Tree. Madagascar Beans on Fence at Back.
Looking Right To Shed. Peas in Front, Broad Beans at Back
It has been quite an overcast day today. Could be rain coming. Certainly the nights are getting cold enough to light the fire.  I am sure I have told you before, that it is  heaven sitting by the fire.

Stay safe, till next time.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I Have A Greenhouse!

I have always wanted a greenhouse, but thought that being sub tropical, might be too hot, but while at the Melbourne Garden show they had such a good deal on them that we decided to get it for my birthday, which is not till July, but it is a significant one.

They actually stock this particular brand at at Bunnings, but you have to order them in, also have parts, and are made by Maze.

The Before Picture

One of the hardest things was deciding where it should go. I could put it out the back, but I would also like to not have the hastle of seedlings in the back garden and having to check all the time when the front garden is  so much closer.  In the end the front was decided. Not your average thing to put in the front yard, but already the postman wanted to know about it as his wife was looking for one. It is also a good talking point with the neighbours.

Weeding and transplanting

 It  only arrived in last 3 weeks but has taken John, a week to lay the new path, and  a base for the flooring. We decided on grey stone in the glasshouse and shuffled all the stepping stones that were there already for the new pathway to it. We had to dig up one garden and move the archway, so I have dug up the yellow climbing rose and moved that to the front entrance archway. Hope it survives in its new place. Gained some extra length on a couple of beds, but lost a complete bed that wasn't very good anyway.

Looking very neat

Wall Frame now in
  It has a window for letting out heat and we have also ordered  an automatic one from Bunnings. Shade cloth will be fitted inside attached to the roof, when it is really hot.

Roof On and fits very neatly in the space.

The good thing is now I can grow lettuce and tomatoes over winter with ease as long as I can keep the temperature under 35 degrees inside. I have also transported the seedling table from the back for inside the glasshouse.

Shelves ready to install and also 2 shelving units I had.

It is a hydroponic one and through the 25 litre water bottle hooked on the fence at the back, stays wet at all times. Time will tell if it is successful, otherwise I will put it back for cuttings and keep seedlings in trays with water I can check daily.

Arch now in new place
Seedling table full 

Sun setting and Shade coming over late afternoon

Now I have to fix the back potting  shed up. Meanwhile I have been cleaning up the front garden and planting snow peas, broccoli, cabbage,carrots,beetroot, parsnips,onions,garlic, ranunculas, marigolds,  leeks, tomatoes and sweet peas.  I have planted broad beans and sweet peas in the back garden, but still a lot of work there.

I will show you all next time. Stay safe.