Happy Harvest Happy Heart…

Happy Harvest Happy Heart…

We started our summer fruit harvest on the weekend and after the crazy storm on Friday night there were some casualties. Seeing fruit, looking lifeless on the ground being infested by a colony of bugs and insects that I’ve never seen before, is to be honest quite heart wrenching. Like children what you put in you get out so I’m comfortable to say, with hand on my heart, I love these tree’s. I planted them with my hands,  I feed them, I keep them clean and trimmed, I check them regularly and I know that one day I will have to face the fact that I may have to say goodbye to them. Saturday morning is all hands on deck with Daisy (6), enthusiastic harvest assistant and Harry (3) the casual gardener, coming and going as he pleased. Checklist included recycled empty cardboard fruit trays from the local grocer, ladders, secateurs, hats, sunscreen and a well-rehearsed David Boon catching technique.  ...
How to keep your fruit and vegetables cool in summer.

How to keep your fruit and vegetables cool in summer.

  Its February in Central Victoria and I’m feeling the heat now my first born is at school, and so is my garden. I’m not sure which tribe of mum I belong to, but if there is one  group that caters for sweaty, anxious hysterical mother’s, then I think I’ve passed that initiation.  Nearly every day this week its hit over 30 degree’s  and when your waiting for the school bell, smiling at strangers and your Havaianas are about to melt, there’s not much else to talk about than the obvious weather.  Needless to say I cant avoid  these weather conditions but I might be able to help your garden with a few tips to keep your plants cool and to ensure your produce keep’s coming.  Mulch – Compulsary for anyone’s garden, especially if you want to grow food! Pea Straw mulch keeps the ground moist, suppresses weeds and breaks down and gives the soil nitrogen too!  The majority of the time I use pea straw as its affordable and available all year round. I layer it on my veggie patch like a lasagne.  If you have time check out Gum Tree to see if you can get a good price per bale otherwise a hardware, garden shop will sell it.  I sometimes use Lucerne (when its damaged and therefore cheap!)  Its a bit harder on the hands to handle but its got more trace elements than pea straw and doesn’t break down as quick.  For my flower beds and fruit tree’s I use a natural tree clippings mix, (no nasties and nothing treated). I top this up once a year, usually about 5 cm thick. If the mix is...