Monday, August 13, 2012

Been Busy.

I have had a busy day, probably got more done today than I have all last week but I sure am paying for it tonight.  And there is still so much to do out there.  I really need more of a plan and then I need to get out there and *do* more often.  That way I might not end up like I have today.

We are picking heaps of Broccoli and I need to get some picked and frozen before it seeds.  I have peas, not many, a few now and then but lots of flowers.  Cabbages haven't done anything but are close.  Asparagus is sending up spears, lots of skinny ones but enough thick and tasty ones too.

I have been trying to clear out the big tank gardens where the brasicas are.  Husband helped me pull the thousands of weeds out last week and today I collected a few barrow loads of dirt from the chookpen to top up all the low bits in it.  That was a job and a half by itself!  Found some small carrots and beetroot and lots of lettuce amongst the Broccoli.
Another couple of barrow loads of chookpen mulch on the Asparagus in the small  tank beds, some on the Asparagus in the drums and one on the sweet potatoes in the single tank garden.  Of course the chooksheds then needed more hay put in them to replace what I took out but it wont need doing again for a few more weeks and the chooks now have clean, warm hay to dig around in.

Found a patch of potatoes in one of the fridge gardens that were above ground and green so I pulled them up and dug down some to retrieve the rest.  Not many, maybe a kilo or so, small but nice.  I cooked them all up, had some for tea and will have the rest throughout the week. The green ones will be replanted one day when I am out there and think of it.  At the moment they are covered with some rag that was out there.  Dug up a couple of kilo of Sweet potatoes from their patch and *found* a big carrot in a handful of weeds that I pulled.  A few capsicum and some spinach and I have enough cooked veg in the fridge for the week.

We are getting plenty of Oranges but have had to net the trees as the parrots like them too.  We were looking at the Pepinos and saying how good the plants looked and how the big fruit would soon be ready when Husband noticed that some had been eaten,  He thought it was by rats so I set the traps out there and  caught one last night.  The traps are set again for tonight so I hope we get them all out of the way so we get some of these fruit.  Slaters are eating the Strawberries!  Bloody things, they are such a pain and I need to get on top of them again.

Everything needs mowing again, trees need pruning, grass and weeds needs to be removed from under a  couple more trees, I have a pile of Garlic, left in the ground last year and it has come up in clumps.  I need to thin that out and put some in different areas.

Lots to do but I am out all day tomorrow and am hoping to get out the beach for a bit sometime over the next week and I was also hoping to get a bushwalk in somewhere...I need to start training for a BIG challenge we have set ourselves.  Will tell about that soon but it means I really need to get up off me bum and move more.   But when I do move more, like today, I hurt.  Bad...Or do I just think I do to give myself something to whinge about...

Oh, I got a pile of magazines in the mail today.  Twentyfour of them so of course I need to find time to read those...maybe when I finish the book I started a couple of days ago.


  1. Have you seen the Back to Eden film? He does not till or weed. He uses woodchips by the dump truck full. NOT pine bark. You can find the film on the internet.

    It sounds like you have lots to do all day long between weeds and putting up the bount.

  2. Yes Linda, I have seen it. I'm too tight to buy a truckload, nearly $200 for us to do that. We are also in a termite area so woodchips is not recomened.
    The weeds get fed to the chooks and pull out easily but the grass that grows through everything is a pain to pull and I never get it all. We put down carpet and woodchips in an area we don't use much and the grass has come up through there as well. I dread to think what it would be like if we actually watered it.


  3. Barb, you have been a busy must be very rewarding though, eating all your own beautiful fresh produce...Sherrie from Simpleliving :)