Lorne Street Garden

Self sufficiency and sustainability in Fawkner, Melbourne, Australia, and beyond!

Excellent two days planting

Hi all,  as a result of being very busy,  perhaps lazy person and of course lets blame the weather, I’ve been unable get the garden ready for Summer.  However after a serious burst of activity over the past two days everything is in and ready for Melbourne cup.   Everything planted has started off really strong,  so I’m looking forward to a good season.  All up ~60 tomato plants were raised from seeds and I’m very pleased with the results from the two green houses.  Very excitingly,  we have flowers on the Avocado too,  if I get one fruit I will be thrilled!    A whole load of pictures below

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Warm Autumn

This warm Autumn has been really frustrating.   My brassica crop has been nearly wiped out by cabbage whites and the marigolds are still thriving (nice for the bees though).  So we’ve decided to try and adapt to this and plant out something different for winter in the form of lots and lots of beans and peas.   Gardenate seems to think that now is still a fine time for beans and peas,  and this would help replenish the soil after the years of tomatoes and broccoli.   All the trees still have their leaves,  which is going to make pruning a challenge..

Also,  rather than totally give up totally on the front garden,  we are rethinking.   Someone said to me, “don’t plant under a pine tree”,  and we have a massive one.   I’m not sure how true this is,  some sites seem to suggest this too,  but the front garden never seems to do well apart from in isolated beds.   My understanding is pine trees can raise the soil acidity.  Not to be beaten,  I’ve removed all the pine needles and have gone crazy with beans,  which can grow well in slightly acidic soil (hopefully not too slightly acidic).   Rach has decided to build a terraced veg garden with old bricks and bamboo (away from the tree).    Planted within is greenfeast peas (upper) and multi coloured silverbeet (lower).   Being next to the front path is should looks quite attractive if it started to grow.

Also,  surely we can make a veg bed out of an old drum?

And we had our first Olive “harvest”!  Great for a pizza,  in a few months after the brine!

And the nature strip boxes are going fantastically!

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Awesome Apple crates!

After the Moreland city council kindly approved our apple crate plan,  this past weekend we  keenly set to work on installing them!

With the crates being 120x120x60cm,  it was a reasonable assumption that 2m3 of soil would fill them – and sure enough it did.  The soil was delivered at 10am on Saturday,  and amazingly I managed to fill the crates by 12:30.    I was a feeling very sore afterwards,  but very satisfied!

The crates have been mulched, and to start with we have planted some blue moon/royal blue potatoes and some mystery heirloom tomatoes!

I’m suspecting the tomatoes are too densely planted,  but let see how it all goes!

Next step,  secure netting to keep the local birds away.

Here are some fuzzy photos!

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