Tuesday, June 16, 2009

AT LAST!!! - Water Tank Installation -

The site for the tank has been prepared. It was levelled by digging out the higher side of the slight slope and filled with fine gravel/sand.

The tank is put into position.

The tank, in place, is connected to the down-pipes.

Now with the tank in place I can continue with the landscaping of the back garden. Until this stage I had to leave the area free to make it accessible for the tank delivery.
It won't be long before another area of lawn is replaced by a garden bed.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Rain & Frost

It’s been an uneventful couple of weeks in the garden, including a week of almost continual rain. A week ago, between showers, I was able to plant out a punnet of leeks and a handful of broad bean seeds.
I also made an effort at recycling our old clothes line by using the arms as posts and reusing the wire to create a climbing frame where I hope to grow next years butternut pumpkins, thereby freeing up more ground space for other things.
Unfortunately the wire looked vey untidy. I couldn’t stretch it tight enough without pulling the posts out of position, so I had to use other means for cross pieces on the framework.

The period of rain was followed by a few days of frost. One day the official temperature was -3. I’ve been covering the Grevillea Ned Kelly each night, but despite the precautions it has still suffered burning on the leaf tips.
Unfortunately, due to her size, I haven’t been able to cover the Bulli Princess and I’ve noticed burning on her leaf tips too. I’m not looking forward to the two or three heavier frosts (down to -6) that we always get each winter. They are likely to cause significant damage. Hopefully the worst of it can be pruned, leaving the Princess not much worse for wear.

The major recent development is today’s installation of my 10,000 litre water tank. I’m missing out on all of the fun because I’m at work, and I have to rely on regular updates from home. Gloria is also taking every opportunity to photograph each stage so I can see how things progressed throughout the day when I get home.

I’ve been a bit worried because it took longer than expected to get the work done. The main holdup was the delivery of the tank. I was under the impression that the government rebate expired at the end of the month and I though we would miss out, but I’ve just found out that it expires at the end of June 2011 so we’ll be fine.

I think rain is forecast again for later in the week, so hopefully we’ll get a significant start on filling the tank before too long.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Productive Politics

Here is an excerpt from an article on the green-change blog that suggests a veggie garden at the Prime Minister’s Canberra residence would be a good idea.
The Obama’s were quick to turn part of the White House garden over to veggies – so why not the Rudds? It would definitely be a healthier and more productive way for Australia to follow America than ways taken in the past.

Kev’s Patch

The Obamas have famously planted an organic vegetable garden on the lawn of the White House in the US.
The idea was first posted at OnDayOne.org, a site collecting proposals for the new president to undertake upon entering office. It was picked up by newspapers and media, and quickly became the most popular proposal on that site. The web site EatTheView.org served as a focal point for the movement.
The Eat The View proposal eventually went on to be voted the grand prize winner of the On Day One contest.
On 20 March 2009, the Obamas started their new White House Kitchen Garden. They’ve even published the layout as an example for others.
This simple action is inspiring families all over America to do the same, which can only be a good thing for their health and budgets!
So Why Not The Lodge?

The whole article can be found here