When we first moved to The Farmhouse we had limited water and no reticulation. I decided to do a basic herb and salad type garden on the front patio/verandah. It was right outside the kitchen window and being in constant sight meant I remembered to throw buckets of water at it often enough to keep it green and growing.
|Herbs and Stuff|
Then we managed to get a decent water supply and pipe it up to the area at the back of the house I planned to use for my long term vegetable garden. This is a fair sized area that has been fenced off using old jam fence posts. It has a certain rustic charm. (And can be jumped over in reptile related
emergencies if need be.)
To start with I just had a couple of beds. Nothing too extravagant but it produced a little bit and The Farmchildren and I had fun up there.
|Beginner Vegie Garden|
This year we have finally got it together enough to do this.
|A Vegetable Garden|
The more eagle-eyed amongst you will notice a couple of things. One is that the end of one of the zinc alum beds is squashed. This is due to a bit of a technical mishap. You know how we love heavy machinery on this blog? And how I have often commented on The Farmer's preference for doing everything with a front end loader? For those of you who have forgotten here is a quick visual reminder of what I mean.
|How To Fill A Wheel Barrow. Or "Overkill".|
Needless to say the same method was used with the raised beds and the loader bucket suddenly dropped! And now we have some free form, organically shaped beds. I have tried to cheer The Farmer up (he was very peeved to say the least) by saying they look like those cool ceramic Danish vases that look like squashed paper bags. It didn't work. Oh well.
You will also note that I have a less than high tech watering system at the moment.
|Washing Powder Bucket And Orange Sprinkler|
It is doing the job though. We got half way through installing the proper sprinklers on the weekend but ran out of time.
The only issue now is that there still seems to be a lot of space left where I could plant more vegetables. I have told myself to hold off and make sure I have enough time to look after what I have first!
The whole vegetable garden is looking a lot better but is definitely not looking like a designer, magazine-ready number. Hopefully we will get some decent vegies though and bit by bit we can get it looking a bit better.
The only other blog related news is that I have given in and put the word verification back on for comments. Sorry but 50 spam comments a day was too much! Apparently there are sites out there for spammers that link to blogs without word verification. Turning word verification back on is supposed to get your address off those sites. Has anyone else heard this? Or is it just a bloggy urban myth? Either way I am going to try!