Category Archives: Permaculture

I found some cuttings

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I knocked before I trimmed!

This is the deepest red Chinese lantern that ive ever seen.
It was planted in the front garden of a doctor’s office on Moreland Rd.

Unfortunately, we have had massive storms in Melbourne over the last few days, and more are predicted tonight.
I thought it was prudent to trim this abutilon before the storm hit.

Ive planted over 30 soft wood cuttings from the trim.
Surely one will grow!

I find it so weird that neither Mum or I can keep a red one alive. We both grow other colors with ease!

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Long Time!

so its been a while since my last update….

In that time, lots has been happening in the garden… here is the run down:

The Plot:

I left the the plot to manage itself over the summer. This lead to no produce, but an abundance of weeds which upset the neighboring plot holders.\

My friend Souraya and I renovated the plot towards the end of may.

We:

  • dug out weeds
  • turned the plot over
  • spread about 10mm of pea straw mulch
  • and planted peas/ snow peas next to the existing stakes

Unfortunately, the plot has not done so well and I am going to dig in a few bags of mushroom compost and cow manure in an effort to improve the soil.

Planting out to early has also been an issue, claiming all my colored chard and spinach seedlings.

I Must Be Patient!

South Side VEG garden:

  • cleared out
  • dug in cow manure
  • mulched with pea straw
  • planted rows of Cabbage/ Cauli/ Broc alternating with Pak Choy and mixed lettuce

The back garden is also the home of the ‘self seeded’ pumpkin. This has crept all the way into the carpark but does not seem to set fruit. I’ve tried hand pollinating a few of the ladies… time will tell:

West Side:

The west is currently supplying my snow peas. Every time i think it is time to pull them out, i get a new crop:-)

North Side (Front Fence):

Replaced the sunflowers with ‘sweet-peas’

hoping they look great soon 🙂

East Side:

Fence (The garden that ‘God’ forgot}

  • planted herbaceous Abutilon
  • planted ‘Fox-Glove”seed in sth patch

East Side:

Flats (Under window of #1, #2)

  • Reclaimed a new garden – 7M X 1 M
  • no dig philosophy… layered the following:
  1. Cardboard and straw mulch
  2. Coir Block
  3. Cow manure
  4. Mushroom compost
  5. Bagged garden soil

Masters was the cheapest for most of these supplies

 

ive had some really good feedback about the new garden….

 

Red Abutilon (Chinese lantern)

I found an awesome Red Chinese Lantern Tree growing in roadside garden
Mum struggles to propagate the Red ones so im hoping these will take off so we can share

Red Abutilon (Chinese lantern)

Here they are all planted out. Used my own propagation mix, mostly cow poo and compost.

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hope they work out.

Mum makes awesome ‘twisted plants’ she takes 3 or 4 different colours of these and plaits them into a standard… like this one https://www.jparkers.co.uk/plant-0001292/abutilon-tricolour-p12/

I’m determined to beat her, and create a 5 colour variety!