505mm of rain in 25 days

Flooded backyardIt has been a very wet start to the year, my garden has been flooded at least 10 times with water above ankle deep, so much so the fish in my pond could nearly swim to freedom. But the good news is our town water supply is at 98% (I can’t wait to get photo’s of it over flowing) which means that all the water restrictions should be lifted very soon.

My apologies to regular followers who have not seen any regular posting pattern, I have had a very hectic start to the year with work, my garden and the blog has been a little neglected.

The lawn has gone from straw yellow to a massive 2ft high green carpet. With the warm and humid conditions the grass gets mowed every 4 days. I am a little sick of it all.

The watermelon seeds I planted in the flower garden have over taken everything. We have 5 massive watermelons that are putting on weight by the second, the one we harvested was so sweet and juicy.

Bugs and pests are running rampant. Caterpillars have started to demolish my Arrowroot plants (which are over 2m high now), mealy bugs are eating everything and are fueling the ant population, while fungal problems are plaguing my tomato plants. While I’m trying to keep it all organic, I have had to use some systemic sprays to kill the mealy bugs from killing everything.

We are off for a drive to check out some waterfalls today, so as a treat I’ll post some photos for you all.

Diggers Garden Club – Australia

“Just six hours a week, that’s all it takes to create a beautiful garden that’s self-sufficient in flowers and food,” says Clive Blazey, founder of the Digger’s Club.

For Christmas this year I recieved a 12 month subscription to the Diggers Garden Club. Formed in 1978 in a tin shed in Melbourne, the club has grown to encompass two large properties in Victoria, Australia. Today Diggers specialises in the saving and supply of heirloom vegetables to the gardeners of Australia. “Our purpose was to rescue the wonderful old varieties of vegetables, such as Scarlet Runner Beans, that mainstream companies were dropping from their lists.” said Clive.

When I found the envelope underneath the Christmas tree, I was delighted to find a catalog full of wonderful seeds to buy, as well as two packets of heirloom seeds (a tomato variety and Yellow Pollenless Sunflowers. I will recieve 6 more packets of seeds over the next 12 months!

Clive and his team have written a number of books over the years which are jam packed full of tips and ideas to keep your garden producing at 110%. There are also some great articles that anyone can access.

You don’t need to be a member of the club to purchase from them, but club members get a decent discount on any purchases made.

Lawn Aeration

With the recent down pour of rain at my house, I stepped out with my jacket on to aerate my lawn. Not only is it great exercise, but my lawn will grow at an astonishing rate when the cloud lifts and the sun comes out.

Lawn aeration is crucial to keeping your patch of grass green and healthy, it encourages strong growth and allows water and nutrients to penetrate deeply which reduces the amount needed.

What method works best?
For small areas a garden fork works well, simply drive the fork in as deep as you can and give it a wiggle. Do this in rows ~30cm apart. I find it is best to work in blocks about 5m by 5m to ensure even coverage.

For large areas a machine can be hired to do the job for you. There are two types, one is a drum with spikes that penetrate the lawn, the other cuts cores of lawn and deposits them on the surface.

Which ever way you do it your lawn requires aeration twice a year, once in winter and once in summer!

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