Lorne Street Garden

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

A very “tomatoey” update

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted.   There is no excuse other than slackness on my part.   I think in general I’ve concluded that there is not a lot to post over the Summer months until the end.   Of course,  Summer is supposed to be over now in Melbourne,  but it certainly does not feel that way right now with our warm and humid weather.

I would say warm and humid has been a good summary for this summer in general.   It’s not been very pleasant here in Melbourne, just my opinion,  but the garden seemed to love it.

After what seemed to be a very disappointing start to Summer we’ve actually ended up doing very well in terms of crops.   We were expected to not perform very well at all with Tomatoes,  but we’ve ended up with a fantastic yield.  I really should have weighed each harvest.  We’ve jarred an amazing amount and frozen lots too.  There is still another large crop to harvest!  This will be revealed in the pictures.  This is all while eating an almost continual supply.  My Lycopene levels will be very high.

The Zucchinis have been as always brilliant,  and for once,  we have beans in the freezer stored.   Also we did exceptionally well with Cucumbers for one.  We’ve not had to buy a single one all summer.

Perhaps most excitingly though has been the capsicums.   All the plants have performed fantastically.  Again,  no need for shopping,  it’s amazing what you can grow at home.

We also found an awesome purchase at the local Bunnings.  Collapsible greenhouses,  2$ reduced from 20$….  We have 10.  These are going to be fantastic for keeping the capsicums alive and boosting the seedlings.    They also fit perfectly over the smaller wooden raised beds.

And….

We started to harvest honey using the honey flow.  I’m not sure if we had as much success as we would have hoped, probably due to my nervousness. We harvested several flow frames,  but did not get as much honey as we would have hoped.   I then investigated internally and discovered that only the front cells opened.   After reading up on this via the honey flow forum,  it seems this is a common issue and I need to have another go.   Still,  I think the product still has merit.  It has not stopped me inspecting the brood etc and all seems well.

I thought I would include a few pictures of the main veg bed and how things have transitioned over the past few months.  Certainly it’s evident that I should have done a lot more weeding,  but that’s OK, once the tomatoes are finally gone I can dig it all in.

I hope this slideshow works…

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Some random pictures

 

 

 

And when I get organised I will upload a video of the honey flow in action

 

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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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Friends of Merri Creek – mother’s day planting in Fawkner

Happy mother’s day all mothers.

Lorne Street Garden celebrated today by assisting the Friends of Merri Creek to plant Dianella amoena along the escarpment nearby here in Fawkner.  The intention is to help create a Dianella pollination corridor.

It was an excellent couple of hours and a lot was accomplished.  We met some wonderfully like minded people and will be signing up for more activity.

In gardening news,  we are longing for more rain,  but the garlic and broccoli are starting to look fantastic!    In the absence of rain the water tanks are running low,  so I am resorting to the hose pipe…

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